In 2008 the State of California adopted the California Complete Streets Act, which requires cities and counties, upon substantive revision of the circulation element of a general plan, to modify their circulation element to plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, roads, and highways, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children, persons with disabilities, seniors, movers of commercial goods, and users of public transportation. The Complete Streets Act is premised on the notion that a balanced, multimodal transportation network would serve to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, make the most efficient use of transportation infrastructure, and improve public health by encouraging physical activity by shifting short trips in the automobile to biking, walking, and the use of public transit.
The Complete Streets White Paper defines and describes Complete Streets planning and design principles, provides guidance on well-written Complete Streets policies, offers examples of Complete Streets policies adopted by other public agencies, and presents draft policy and program statements to consider for inclusion in the update of the General Plan Circulation Element.
The Complete Streets White Paper was presented to the Planning Commission on February 17, 2015 and to the City Council on March 24, 2015. The City Council supported all draft goals, policies and programs presented in the white paper.