[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Stratford 2-8-2010 by Ord. No. 09-16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town has through coordinated planning, public hearings and community involvement determined that a linear walkway, biking and hiking trail should be established throughout Town. The proposed trail, as adopted by the Stratford Planning Commission, traverses the Town from the beach areas to Roosevelt Forest.
For all designated greenway areas, sidewalk, walkway, on-road improvements, and trail systems sufficient to serve both existing and projected pedestrian and bicyclists use of the existing and projected greenway shall be reflected in all site and subdivision plans and shall be incorporated into all public works projects, including street improvements and improvements to public parks, schools and public transportation. Such systems may include either conventional sidewalks along street rights-of-way, wide outside travel lanes or bike lanes on roadways, or walkways and trails in alternative locations as appropriate. Design, location, dimensions, dedications, easements, and reservations shall conform to applicable Town policies and plans for sidewalks, bicycle routes and trails.
Location. Unless an alternative walkway is approved, conventional sidewalks within the area designated for the future expansion of the greenway shall be located as follows:
On both sides of major and minor thoroughfares (as defined by the adopted thoroughfare plan) except on freeways;
On one side of collector streets and nonresidential streets with existing or projected traffic of 2,000 or more vehicles per day;
On one side of residential streets of all types that are not cul-de-sacs;
On one or both sides of local streets in nonresidential areas where review indicates that sidewalks are, or will be, needed to accommodate pedestrian traffic.
If a conflict exists between these standards and the provisions of any other ordinance, then the stricter requirements shall apply. When the approving body determines that the construction of a conventional sidewalk or alternative walkway is not feasible due to special circumstances, including, but not limited to, impending road widening, significant street trees, severe roadside conditions, or limited pedestrian volumes; the approving body may require either: payment in lieu of sidewalk construction; or a combination of sidewalk and/or alternative walkways and/or payment-in-lieu funds. In general, sidewalks shall be five feet in width and shall be constructed of concrete. Alternate dimensions and materials may be approved by the Engineering Department.
Either wide outside travel lanes or bicycle lanes shall be a part of any road improvements made on roadways which are located along the greenway.