Grantee Blog 2020

Moving Towards Complete Streets

As we approach the end of Year 1, we’re further along with the Complete Streets Resolution and Policy than we anticipated. The team has completed the first drafts of a resolution to put before the Montclair State Board of Trustees and the Complete Streets Policy document. We have been working with the Office of Capital Planning & Project Management on these early drafts and we look forward to including other relevant University departments and the University’s surrounding municipalities and counties for their valuable input.

In late October, it was decided that after the policy is finalized, it will reside within the Office of Capital Planning & Project Management. With that in mind, we will continue to work with them to customize the Department of Transportation’s template documents, such as project checklists, so they are fully in line with Montclair State’s planning needs and requirements. Incorporating these documents into the University’s planning process will help to ensure that complete streets and green infrastructure are considered for every project moving forward. When, not if, our students return to campus, we plan for them to return to a more walkable campus than what they left this past spring.

We hope to have the resolution finalized in early 2021 with the policy to follow shortly thereafter.
In the meantime, our next steps include researching other institutions that have implemented similar policies, continued revisions to the resolution and policy, and the setup of a data collection and management plan that will allow us to compare traffic and pedestrian data before and after our complete streets policy has been implemented and to identify the impact and opportunities for improvement moving forward.

About the Grantee

Montclair State University

The team at Montclair State is based out of the Division of University Facilities and the Campus Community Garden. We're combining efforts on this grant project to improve food security and pedestrian safety on campus. Our core team consists of Adeline Cochran, Sustainability Coordinator and Chris Snyder, MPH, Garden Founder/Coordinator.