Mason Times staff writer
The Planning Commission discussed challenges it is now facing with a new law regarding transportation at Tuesday’s meeting.
“The state of Michigan passed the Planning Enabling Act, which allowed the Complete Streets Law to develop,” said David Haywood, the Zoning and Development director of Mason. “It requires us to take certain measures regarding local alternative modes of transportation under the Master Plan, which is the guiding policies for land use changes within the city.”
The Complete Streets Law requires the Planning Commission to expand the definition of “street” to consider different routes of transportation including sidewalks, bicycle paths and bus routes. The Act was put into effect Aug. 2, 2010, by the state.
The commission is working on how it will carry out this law.
“We don’t have an answer just yet, but we’re trying to figure out how we will incorporate this into the city,” said Haywood. “We are currently discussing the appropriate streets we have in which we can accommodate the changes.”
The changes that will take place are being considered due to safety policies and for convenience, such as children going to school and people who don’t have cars.
The Commission is hoping to expand an existing bus route.
“A new route is yet to be determined for Mason,” said Jim Froehlich, service planning and scheduling manager at Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing. “There is already a CATA route in Mason but it consists of a limited number of stops.”
The Commission will be addressing legislation updates concerning the Act at every meeting. They take place once a month.
This month’s meeting took place at 6:30 p.m. on February 15 at City Hall.
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