Fresh on the heels of the transit-oriented development plan presented to the City Council last month, this week we received a comprehensive traffic analysis (download warning – it’s a big file) chock full of interesting recommendations. Together, these two reports help refine our vision for downtown New Rochelle, a vision based on smart growth, better access for pedestrians and cyclists, and stronger connections between neighborhoods, businesses, and the waterfront.
Like all conceptual plans, this one needs to be distilled into practical steps, which means setting priorities, establishing a logical sequence, and determining how improvements can and should be funded. I expect that there will be lots of discussion about some of the report’s more creative suggestions for re-routing traffic.
This spring, after we receive one more study from Columbia University, the City is likely to invite developers to submit their proposals. The key will be striking a balance between our idealized vision and the economic realities of the marketplace. Take a look at the traffic study.