Living Streets Policy


Well-kept street flanked by trees and foliageThe goals of the Living Streets Policy include:

  • Enhance biking and walking conditions
  • Enhance safety and security of streets
  • Calm traffic
  • Create livable neighborhoods
  • Improve stormwater quality
  • Enhance the urban forest
  • Reduce life cycle costs
  • Improve neighborhood aesthetics

Guide for Accomplishing These Goals

The Living Streets Policy is a guide for accomplishing these goals through, for example:

  • Setting construction guidelines for rebuilding streets
  • Updating the city code
  • Creating a city-wide Tree Plan
  • Providing additional incentives for participation in the rain garden

The Policy was created with input from city boards and commissions, task force and working group, and general citizen input.

The Living Streets Policy was approved by the City Council on January 28, 2013. The final policy (PDF) can be viewed for more information.