The Norman Transcript


March 19, 2014

Transportation plan considers multimodal options

NORMAN — Aside from a few tweaks, Norman’s first Comprehensive Transportation Plan is complete and will be coming before the planning commission and the city council for adoption soon.

“We’ve been talking about the comprehensive transportation plan for about four years,” Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary said.

A detailed survey that was taken by Norman residents in 2011 and eight public ward meetings set the stage for Norman’s first-ever transportation plan. A large subcommittee comprised of Norman residents gave feedback and worked with designers Freese and Nichols Inc. as the plan was developed.

“It’s the first plan that combines a lot of other plans — we can call it a multimodal, complete streets plan,” said Eddy Haas of Freese and Nichols Inc. “We can use it as a framework for growth.”

Haas presented an overview of the document to city council members at the non-voting council study session Tuesday night.

Council members have a complete draft of the plan in hand and have been combing through the sizable document. Haas answered questions and made notes of minor changes as this final draft moves forward.

Haas stressed that the plan is a living document that must be revisited in a decade or so to see how it is unfolding.

Along the way, the transportation plan will act as a guide as the city works with other agencies such as the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments for future projects. The transportation plan also creates a community policy statement for the city’s future transportation direction.

Transportation planning will allow the city to keep the public more informed, increase future mobility and safety options, facilitate growth and development, connect the community and increase sensitivity to transportation issues when doing land planning.

Initial steps in creating the transportation plan were to assess existing transportation systems and needs, to create a travel forecast model and to prioritize current and future needs.

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