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Rural Roads Mobility Outreach

A conversation about mobility in rural Elk Grove is starting…

Since 2007, when the community came together to design and adopt the Rural Roads Policy and Standards (outlined below), there has been increased interest in the mobility of pedestrians and bicyclists within the Rural Residential Area of Elk Grove. The City is now beginning an outreach effort to determine whether there is any interest at this time in adding standards and/or designating and prioritizing locations for pathways or trails in the Rural Residential Area in keeping with the existing rural character.  Please note: this outreach effort only pertains to thoroughfare, arterial and collector roadways, not every residential street.

On July 14, 2014, the City sent an informational brochure and mobility survey to all business and residential addresses (1,600) within the designated Rural Residential Area (see project area map below). Mailing recipients and those interested in mobility issues within the Rural Residential Area are invited to provide additional input at an upcoming Mobility Forum. The Forum agenda will  include a review of mail survey results and a facilitated discussion of specific issues and ideas regarding non-vehicular mobility in Elk Grove’s Rural Residential Area.

Rural Roads Mobility Forum
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 6:00-8:00 PM

Pleasant Grove Elementary School
10160 Pleasant Grove School Road, Elk Grove, CA

Questions and comments can be directed to:
Pam Johns, Rural Roads Outreach Project Manager
pjohns@elkgrovecity.org
916-231-2237

Project updates, mail survey and Forum results will be shared via this page of the City’s website.

Download a copy of the pdf Rural Roads Mobility Outreach mailing.

Rural Road Standards

Rural Road Improvement Standards: Project Purpose and Intent

In August 2006, the City Council directed staff to initiate a public outreach process and work with the community to develop Rural Road Improvement Standards for the Rural Sheldon/Rural Residential Area as defined in the General Plan.  The purpose of this project was to create new road improvement design standards that are rural (rather than urban) in character for future road improvements in this area of the City. The intent of the Rural Road Improvement Standards is to preserve and enhance the existing rural character of the Rural Sheldon/Rural Residential Area consistent with the policy direction in the General Plan.  It is not the intent of these new design standards to change the planned roadway improvements outlined in the adopted General Plan, but rather to affect the design of those future improvements to be more rural in character.

Project Area

The project area subject to the Rural Road Improvement Standards is the existing Rural Sheldon/Rural Residential Area as outlined in the General Plan.

Sheldon/Rural Residential Area map
Sheldon/Rural Residential Area Map

Applicability of Rural Road Improvement Standards

Now adopted by the City Council, the Rural Road Improvement Standards apply to all future road improvement projects within the project area, including both new road construction and road widening projects.  Again, it is not the intent of these new design standards to change the planned roadway improvements outlined in the adopted General Plan, but rather to affect the design of those future improvements to be more rural in character.

As directed by the City Council in October 2006, the design provisions of the new Rural Road Improvement Standards will inform ultimate design of the north side of the approved Bond Road widening project.  Bond Road is located along the southern boundary of the project area and the Bond Road widening project was approved with rural improvements on the north side (e.g., no curb, gutter, or sidewalk and limited street lighting) and urban improvements on the south side.

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