The Town of Plainville is participating in the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program to make Complete Streets a part of daily practice. Complete Streets are roadways that safely and comfortably accommodate all users, regardless of age and ability or mode of transportation. Through the 2018 DLTA program, SRPEDD is currently assisting the town with the development and adoption of a Complete Streets Policy that directs all town departments to consider Complete Streets design elements in all projects and phases going forward.
In addition, SRPEDD is helping the town develop a Complete Streets Prioritization Plan (list of projects) that will ultimately be used to apply for funding from MassDOT to begin the construction of projects on the plan. Additional information about the MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program and all project presentations, information, and resources can be found in the document library of this webpage.
Complete Strees Policy is Approved!
MassDOT officially approved Plainville's Complete Streets Policy on March 7, 2019!
Draft Complete Streets Policy provided to Board of Selectmen
At the Plainville Board of Selectment meeting on January 7, 2019, SRPEDD presented the Draft Complete Streets Policy and answered questions from the board. Once adopted by the BOS, the policy will then be submitted to MassDOT for scoring and approval.
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Complete Streets are roadways that safely and comfortably accommodate all users, regardless of age and ability or mode of transportation. Users include, but are not limited to: motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, emergency responders, transit and school bus riders, delivery and service personnel, and freight haulers. Complete Streets components can include roadway design features such as ADA compliant sidewalks and crossings, curb extensions, bicycle lanes, shared use pavement markings, bus shelters and pull-outs, wayfinding signage, landscaping, sreet lighting, and many other items.
The MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program was launched in February 2016 to provide technical assistance and construction funding to communities that demonstrate a commitment to include Complete Streets in policy and practice. In short, a community may be eligible for up to $400,000 in construction funding to implement Complete Streets elements in municipal projects and up to $50,000 in technical assistance funding in order to develop a plan to do so. The program is divided into three (3) “tiers” and a municipality must satisfy the requirements of the previous tier in order to advance through the program.
Tier 1 - Training & Policy Adoption
- Attendance at either an "Introductory" or "Advanced" Complete Streets Training (must be a municipal official/employee)
- Development and local adoption of a Complete Streets policy. Followed by submission to MassDOT for approval.
Tier 2 - Prioritization Plan Development
- Determination of Complete Streets needs and development of a prioritized list of infrastructure projects. Technical assistance available (up to $50,000 to develop the plan).
Tier 3 - Project Construction Funding
- Application for construction funding to implement the Complete Streets infrastructure projects on the Prioritization Plan.
Continue reading below to learn more about the MassDOT Complete Streets Program, the components of a Complete Streets Policy, and how SRPEDD is helping Plainville navigate through the program.
For more information, please review our project pages and/or contact Jed Cornock at 508.824.1367 x318.
Plainville received a technical assistance award to allow SRPEDD to complete the town’s Prioritization Plan (Tier 2)! More information is below.
A Complete Streets Policy is a municipal document that directs all town departments to consider Complete Streets design elements in all projects and phases. In general, it includes the following sections:
Section I: Vision and Intent
- Includes a vision and intention for how and why the community wants to advance Complete Streets infrastructure.
Section II: Core Commitment
- Specifies that the transportation system serves ‘all users’ including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles.
- Applies to all projects and phases, including reconstruction, new construction, design, planning, maintenance, and operations, for the entire right-of-way.
- Makes any exceptions specific and sets a clear procedure that requires high-level approval of exceptions.
Section III: Best Practice
- Encourages and aims to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network for all modes.
- Is clear regarding what jurisdictions the policy applies to and emphasizes the need for coordination.
- Directs the use of the latest and best design criteria and guidelines while recognizing the need for flexibility in balancing user needs.
- Directs that Complete Streets solutions be context sensitive and complement the community.
- Establishes performance standards with measurable outcomes.
Section IV: Implementation
- Includes specific next steps for implementation of the policy.
SRPEDD uses the following process for the development of a Prioritization Plan:
Phase I: Document Review/Data Compilation
SRPEDD staff reviews all available studies and/or data from the town or other sources to ensure that future projects aligned with the town's goals and policies.
Phase II: Existing Conditions Evaluation
SRPEDD staff performs a comprehensive existing conditions evaluation that consisted of a: 1) Network Gap Analysis (location and feasibility of closing the gap), 2) an ADA Survey (sidewalk obstructions & slopes, curb ramps), 3) a Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Transit Infrastructure Evaluation (presence & condition), and a Roadway & Intersection Crash Analysis (number & severity).
Phase III: Project Selection & Prioritization
SRPEDD staff develops a draft list of projects based on the data collected in Phase II and then scores each potential project using a comprehensive evaluation criterion (scoring system).
Phase IV: Draft & Final List of Projects
SRPEDD staff completes a Draft and Final list of projects (with cost estimates & construction schedule).
Phase V: Final Report
SRPEDD staff develops the Needs Assessment & Prioritization Plan for the Town. This report will highlight the work that went into this project and will include the town's Prioritization Plan.
MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program
Plainville Complete Streets Program
Tier 2 Kick-Off Meeting (December 4, 2018)
Tier 2 Existing Conditions Evaluation Meeting (TBD)
- Existing Conditions Evaluation Presentation
Tier 2 Project Review & Selection Meeting (TBD)
- Project Review Handouts
Plans and Reports
- Plainville Master Plan
- Plainville Subdivision Rules and Regulations
- Plainville Open Space and Recreation Plan (update ongoing)
- Plainville Zoning Bylaws