Integration of Sustainability
A major focus of the TMP Update is considering how the transportation system can:
- Connect transportation activities to green house gas reductions and city sustainability efforts;
- Contribute to neighborhood livability, integrating with other city planning initiatives, and
- Coordinate with citywide projects and programs to compliment the city ecosystem as a whole.
Other Sustainability Initiatives
A priority of the Climate Commitment initiative is to establish an updated community Green House Gas (GHG) protocol and develop an new baseline and inventory. Transportation activities represent 21 percent (the 2 nd largest source) of community GHG emissions. Expanding the complete streets system, enhancing the integration of land use and transportation planning, and increasing neighborhood accessibility so that more daily activity trips can occur locally will be critical to achieving Climate Commitment goals.
The ultimate goal of this effort is to develop prototypes of land use, transportation facilities, site and building design and performance expectations that can be used to guide development across the community where more detailed plans do not exist. Corridors include East Arapahoe, 30 th Street, and Colorado Avenue.
In addition to city-owned properties at the core, the Civic Area planning area is bounded by 9 th to 17 th streets and Canyon Boulevard to Arapahoe Avenue. The goal of the project is to transform this area into Boulder's social, civic, and environmental heart; one that prioritizes purpose per square foot over price per square foot. As a primary destination for a variety of special events that has limited opportunities for parking, multi-modal access is a primary interest of the plan.
A comprehensive, phased, citywide initiative to develop overarching guiding principles for citywide access and parking strategies. AMPS is exploring new strategies to enhance access and expand managed parking strategies throughout our community. Provisions for bicycle parking in collaboration with a connected system of bike ways are tools for integrated multi-modal access.
While the scope of this project is still being determined, the numbers and type of housing units available in Boulder plays a significant role in the number of potential in-commuting employees. With an estimated 50 thousand in-commuters today, these employees are both vital to the city’s economy and dicult to provide with alternatives to driving alone. The location and design of future housing within the city can support increased use of the non automotive modes and reduce the number of in-commuting employees.
To ensure that recreation opportunities are readily available and attractive to residents, the City of Boulder and its future will be guided by a new Master Plan. The opportunity to safely access parks by walking or biking is an important part of an active community and a focus area of the Plan.