Develop a Project Vision
With a thorough understanding of the existing site conditions,various stakeholder interests, and project constraints, develop a vision for the street’s look, feel, and function in the future. Identify best-practice street design strategies and innovative examples that are most applicable to the local context. Use visual renderings, drawings, and metrics to show and explain what is possible, and test ideas with local stakeholders. Ensure the project vision aligns with citywide goals and community priorities for public health and safety, quality of life, and environmental and economic sustainability. Where possible, develop a few options that balance the project constraints and stakeholder interests through different designs, including communities, in the decision-making process. See: Setting a Project Vision.
Planning and Design
Guide the transformation of a project vision into reality through planning and design. Ensure the proposed project is intrinsically linked to larger mobility frameworks and comprehensive planning strategies that shape sustainable transportation, land use, and density. Coordinate with relevant stakeholders to clarify budgets, timelines, and project scope. Ensure budgets not only cover the construction costs, but also account for funds to cover ongoing maintenance and management of the project. Design facilities and elements to align with functional priorities and local placemaking goals. Identify quick and easy wins, consider testing designs on site through interim solutions, and offer professional design reviews for further refinement. Ensure that local conditions, climate, ongoing maintenance, and implementation processes inform decisions about materials, design, long-term durability, and user behavior.