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Transportation & Land Use

Transportation and land use are inextricably linked – transportation infrastructure shapes development, influences property values, and affects a neighborhood’s character and quality of life. Conversely, how communities develop can impact the type, size, and location of the transportation infrastructure required to service that development.

Generally, communities with higher development densities are more cost-effective to serve from an infrastructure perspective as these areas require fewer units of infrastructure per person (e.g., linear feet of sewer mainlines, road miles, etc.). Further, providing an effective multi-modal transportation network throughout Onondaga County can have a significant positive impact on the County’s environment, quality of life, and economy. Providing safe opportunities for walking and biking can help to better people’s health through improved air quality and healthy living. Additionally, providing an integrated multimodal network can improve access to jobs and entertainment for all.

Several issues and opportunities relating to Transportation & Land Use were identified over the course of the planning process. A sample key findings is provided below. To review the complete report, follow the link to the right.

Key Findings

  • More compact, mixed-use development results in decreased commuting distances and transportation costs, fewer carbon dioxide emissions and increased pedestrian and transit access to daily amenities.

  • Due to extensive suburban development, scarce federal transportation funding is being spread over a larger area, decreasing the effectiveness of each dollar spent and further straining municipal budgets.

  • Complete Streets policy and practice, which incorporates a more multi-modal approach into the design and function of roadways, has been noted as having numerous social, fiscal and environmental community benefits.