The thing about it, is that it really points to the link between transportation and land use, something that currently gets short shrift in our planning and calculations.
Development in West Salem, especially without adequate growth in transit, puts significant pressure on everybody else to subsidize a giant new bridge. Development on the edges everywhere makes car trips compulsory and adds pressure for other auto capacity increases.
|1911 Ad for Kingwood Park development
|Growth on the edges is problematic for transit
May 1 EOA-HNA meeting notes
Later this month the Planning Commission will hold a hearing on a re-partition for an apartment complex out on Cordon Road.
|Apartment complex out on Cordon Road
(Cordon Road in yellow)
|Whack the "pedestrian connection"!
Tonight the Planning Commission will hear an appeal of a decision on a 140-lot subdivision way out Brush College Road in West Salem.
|Out Brush College past the High School
But given Cherriots' proposed service level, this too will be wholly car-dependent.
|140-lot subdivision circled in red
It's totally distant from a bus line
The Comprehensive Plan, our highest-level policy document, suggests expanded transit, fewer drive-alone trips, and less off-street parking are all goals for new development in the city.
But we really shouldn't. If we want a lively city in a reduced-carbon future, we have to give more thought to how we use land and how people move to and from that land.