Linking Land Use and Transportation Through Street Design

"The 'Creating Livable Streets' handbook was prepared to give the Portland region appropriate regional street design guidelines to support local implementation of the Metro 2040 Growth Concept and Regional Transportation Plan. The guidelines were established to ... promote community livability by balancing all modes of transportation, and to consider the function and character of surrounding land uses when designing streets of regional significance." Metro's regional street design policies will guide the eventual design of major streets in the 24 jurisdictions that make up the Portland metropolitan area. The street design classifications represent the most direct link between land use and transportation planning in the region, and also serve as a tool for coordinating various, often competing modal needs. The design classifications are mapped at a detailed level to provide specific direction for local implementation. The Creating Livable Streets handbook is a resource for local implementation of the regional street design policies. The handbook provides a primer on general design issues, as well as specific design solutions that address each of the regional street design classifications individually.

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