policies and objectives stated within the Transportation [System] Plan do not apply...because these standards have not been expressly incorporated within the Salem Revised CodeMaybe this shouldn't be surprising, but it is. More than a little.
The TSP has seemed like a governing document, one that ought to be followed and which ought to guide and even control the way we interpret other documents.
The City's page for it introduces it as
the City's master plan to guide its actions and investments for the 21st century. The Plan is a comprehensive document containing goals, objectives, policies, projects, and programs needed to provide mobility for the next 25 years.This is apparently wrong in key ways, however.
The policies and objectives in the TSP literally have no significance! Because they are not in the SRC, they hold no legal weight in assessing projects for compliance. They can be ignored at will. They guide nothing.
So, Bike and Salem, that two-year process to update to the walking and biking chapters of the TSP?
Other than its project list, it is empty. Just words. Of no consequence whatsoever. Just pretend.
|Final committee meeting for Bike and Walk Salem|
Seriously, was it just totally wasted effort?
This is seriously demoralizing. Wow.
There might be more to say about the decision itself - or maybe not. At this point there may not be anything new to say. Over at SCV they've posted a video about the threatened trees and are starting an email campaign. The demolition approval (separate from this site plan decision) is being appealed to LUBA and there might be more to say once filings are completed. For all notes here on the Blind School, see here.