As a rural region with state parks and forests, but also growing suburban sprawl, Sussex County has been challenged to meet the needs of non-drivers. Recognizing the importance of fostering walking and bicycling in order to improve its livability and economic competitiveness, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority on behalf of Sussex County hired PPS and McCormick Taylor, Inc. to create a Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan. Complete Streets is a philosophy and approach to the planning, design, construction and operation of the roadway network in which all current and potential users - including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders - are considered in order to enable safe, comfortable, and attractive travel.
To set the framework for the Complete Streets Plan, PPS worked with stakeholders in Sussex County to create a Street Typologies plan, which helps to ensure that people have a good network to get around by walking, bicycling, driving, or public transportation – without needing to include all of the modes on every single street. This approach can help to unite advocates and transportation officials by dispelling the notion that there is a ‘one size fits all’ Complete Streets approach for every road. In Sussex County, the draft street typologies developed include highways for long-distance travel through the County, Main Streets through village centers, and residential streets for low to moderate density neighborhoods. PPS also created a Complete Streets Policy and Implementation Plan tailored to the rural and small village character of the County.The draft Implementation Plan details short and long-term actions the County should undertake in order to transform its streets and neighborhoods, including: measures to build support within and outside of government for Complete Streets; changes to existing County regulations, plans, and design guidelines; Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper strategies to transform roadways; and performance measures to track progress.
The draft Compete Streets Policy and Implementation Plans are currently being reviewed by the County and a steering committee for the project.