Over the past few months, City Councilmembers have introduced a wide variety of measures to address community notice and consultation concerns that have arisen since 2015.
Bill 84 (2015), which I introduced last November, proposes to treat ‘Complete Streets’modifications to major thoroughfares in urban Honolulu in the same manner as other City capital improvement projects (CIP). These ‘Complete Streets’ projects would then be subject to comparable levels of public review/scrutiny in the same matter as individual items in the City’s CIP budget.
Similarly, Councilmember Kobayashi introduced Resolution 16-46, which urges the City administration to implement the City’s Complete Streets Policy in a manner that equally benefits all users of its transportation system by including pedestrian improvements during the design and construction of ‘Complete Streets’ projects. It is scheduled for consideration and adoption by the City Council on March 16, 2016.
In order to facilitate greater dialogue between ‘Complete Streets’ advocates and community stakeholders, Councilmember Manahan and I have circulated recommendations for the following improvements to the ‘Complete Streets‘ process:
- Adding requirements to post the ‘Complete Streets’ checklists and procedures online on the administration’s website, with links to websites for Departments of Transportation (DTS), Design and Construction (DDC), Planning and Permitting (DPP), and Facility Maintenance (DFM).
- Adding requirements for Department of Transportation Services and appropriate departments to brief City Councilmembers on currently-pending ‘Complete Streets’ projects within their district boundaries to jointly develop public meeting locations, times, and materials to distribute with affected communities.
- Adding requirements to coordinate departmental responses or modifications to address community concerns within a specific time after particular concerns are raised, and posting recommendations to mitigate community concerns on the administration’s website, with links to the DTS, DDC, DPP, and DFM website.
- Adding requirements for including ‘Complete Streets’ project briefings in Council Districts 1-9 within the directors annual December 31st report on Complete Streets facilities and projects completed during that year.
As we look for ways to improve the implementation of ‘Complete Streets’projects and provide greater notice/opportunities for feedback in urban Honolulu communities, I would appreciate recommendations from community stakeholders, including neighborhood board members and residents.