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Element 7: Design Criteria

Element Definition: 

Design Guidelines are important to help turn policy into action because they provide decision makers with a blueprint for potential change. Official plans should refer to design standards, or mention that the municipality is currently in the process of developing design standards for Complete Streets to improve the implementation of Complete Streets.

In the Canadian context, good design standards are currently being developed by various sources. The most comprehensive design standards from Canada include the Calgary Compete Street Guidelines, the Edmonton Complete Streets Guidelines, and the Transit Supportive Guidelines (2012) from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Official Plan Quotes: 

City of Calgary Complete Streets Policy, Section 7.1 Design standards for new streets (greenfield) 

“Right-of-way requirements and design concepts for new streets are provided in the Complete Street Guide. Detailed designs, such as cross-sections and intersection designs, surface and underground infrastructure designs, to facilitate new street construction, are provided in the latest DGSS (Section II: ROADS). All designs submitted to the City must conform to or exceed the design standards contained in the latest DGSS (Section II: ROADS)” (City of Calgary, 2014).  

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