Downtown Street Standards
Investing in Vibrant, Sustainable Public Space
The first project of the Great Streets Initiative is to develop a set of standards for rebuilding our downtown public streets. These will help us plan for long-term sustainability and transform our streets into dynamic public spaces, while ensuring that renovations and improvements can be responsibly maintained for decades to come. The standards will guide the rebuilding of our streets according to four values articulated by the residents of Burlington through many planning initiatives:
- Walkable and bikeable- safe for all modes and all levels of accessibility
- Sustainable – both environmentally sustainable, and long-lasting
- Vibrant- to support the downtown’s diverse range of public and private activities
- Functional- work for all users, flexible, can be maintained, affordable
These standards will guide the selection of the streetscape elements, including street trees, stormwater infrastructure, paving materials, furnishings (trash cans, seating, bike racks, parking meters, etc), lighting, and appropriate street and sidewalk widths. These standards will incorporate some elements that we’re already familiar with—such as ones similar to Church Street—when they’re appropriate, and will recommend new elements that blend well with what is existing.
The design standards will be both aspirational and economically feasible for the City to implement and maintain. They will apply to all streets in downtown Burlington from Pearl to Maple Streets, and Battery to Union Streets. As we rebuild our streets according to these standards, the result will be a distinctive look and feel for all of downtown, that also allows each block to vary according to its unique and individual conditions.
To see more about the Great Streets Standards: Great Streets Kick Off Video