Design Guidelines are important to help turn policy into action because they provide decision makers with a blueprint for potential change. Reference in the local official plan to design standards or mention that the municipality is currently in the process of developing design standards to implement Complete Streets can strengthen potential for implementation.
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.
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).