As part of updating the City of Brookings Transportation System Plan (TSP), the public is invited to attend an open house on December 6, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Emergency Operation Center at City Hall, 898 Elk Drive.
At the meeting, representatives of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and City staff will present the draft TSP. Interested persons will have an opportunity to provide comment and ask questions.
The prioritized project list of the TSP identifies 12 motorized projects and 11 nonmotorized (bicycle/pedestrian) projects based on high priority to be constructed within 5 years, medium priority to be constructed in 5-15 years, and low priority to be constructed in 15-25 years. Several of the proposed projects are to be constructed as property they would serve is developed.
" Additional public input is essential to the success of the update," said Paul Stevens, Director of Public Works and Development Services.
Following revisions resulting from input from the open house and a joint City Council/Planning Commission workshop and committee review, the TSP will be considered in a public hearing by the Planning Commission before moving to City Council for final approval.
In 2014, the consultants, Parametrix Engineering Planning and Environmental Sciences, conducted an open house at the beginning of the project to receive citizen comments about existing intersections and streets as well as suggestions regarding visions for the future. The input has been used to draft the TSP.
The TSP provides guidance for a safe and efficient transportation system based on current and future uses of Brookings residents, businesses, and visitors. A comprehensive TSP is a key document to plan for future vehicular traffic as well as biking, bus and pedestrian amenities and to obtain grant funding.
A TSP typically covers a 20 year planning period, and with an expiration date fast approaching, the City applied for, and received, a Transportation Growth Management Grant sponsored by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Department of Transportation to update the TSP.