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Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17G
Chapter 17G.070
Section 17G.070.145

Title 17G Administration and Procedures

Chapter 17G.070 Planned Unit Developments

Section 17G.070.145 Circulation
  1. Purpose.

To facilitate vehicular and pedestrian circulation to, and within a project, by utilizing existing systems and patterns wherever possible and be developed in a manner that establishes connections with adjacent areas. PUDs are often designed to be isolated from the surrounding community. This is likely due to the desire to have a controlled and safe environment. Creating safety within the PUD by incorporating automobile slowing elements is appropriate, however the elimination of “through” vehicles will not necessarily achieve the sought after safety. Any safety that might be achieved for the residents of the PUD might be offset by inconvenience and possibly less safety for the surrounding area due to restricted vehicular circulation. Especially where existing patterns are established or are reasonably projected to occur. A greater level of safety is often achieved by visible human activity.

  1. Design Standards.
    1. All buildings and common spaces shall be served by a pedestrian circulation system that connects to an existing or planned citywide sidewalk path or trail system. (R)
    1. The development shall connect with the existing or planned street system of the surrounding area, and maintain consistency in street naming patterns. (R)
    1. Circulation systems shall be designed to be simple and clearly understandable. (P)

    1. Circulation systems shall be designed for the pedestrian/bicyclists first, followed by public transportation, and finally for automobiles. (P)
    1. Circulation systems shall be designed to enhance interconnectivity with adjacent developed and undeveloped properties. (P)
    1. Convenient access to existing or planned public transportation systems shall be considered and incorporated into the development. (C)
    1. Parking structure entrances shall be located in a manner that will result in the least impediment of traffic. (P)

Date Passed: Monday, September 24, 2012

Effective Date: Friday, November 2, 2012

ORD C34914 Section 10