Using a skinny street design over time as street reconstruction is needed on low-traffic streets, cities can see the multiple benefits of decreased impervious area, more trees and infiltration area, less polluted runoff to nearby bodies of water, more/better sidewalks, and decreased construction and maintenance costs. See Skinny Streets Aid Crystal Lake Water Quality where a GreenStep city is narrowing most streets from 34 to 32 or 30 feet and 32 to 30 feet to reduce costs and reduce stormwater runoff.
Describe your green street project; report street narrowing done as part of a street reconstruction project; satisfy LEED-ND prerequisites and a minimum of 2 credits (in addition to Walkable Streets and Street Network) among Connected & Open Community, Tree-Lined & Shaded Streets, Stormwater Management.
Describe your green street ordinance; satisfy LEED-ND prerequisites and between 7 & 12 credits among all 1-star categories.
Document savings from a green streets project; certify as a LEED-ND development and achieve more than 12 credits among all 1-star categories; set a maximum block perimeter total that does not exceed 2400 feet.
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Arden Hills - 2 star
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Year action initially completed: 2015
The TCAAP Redevelopment Code for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant redevelopment includes street design standards that are meant to support and balance automobile, bicycle, and walking trips. A Project Circulation Plan is required for all larger projects and must show how the plan considers all modes of transportation and integrated with existing planned streets, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and trails in the surrounding area. Streetscape standards require a minimum number of street tree plantings and vegetative screening for surface parking lots.
The Port Riverwalk redevelopment project incorporated aspects of skinny street development by narrowing some public streets. 24-foot street widths were used on private streets. The project also included numerous sidewalks and trail connections for enhanced walkability.
The arrangement, character, extent, width and location of streets shall conform to the Comprehensive Plan, the approved standard street sections and all applicable ordinances and shall be considered in their relation to existing and planned streets, to reasonable circulation of traffic, to topographical conditions, to runoff of storm water, to public convenience and safety and in their appropriate relation to the proposed uses of the area to be served.
Sec. 44-48. - Design standards. sub. 2. Saint Peter, MN Code of Ordinances.