Corridor Plans should seek to reconcile a corridor’s multiple and sometimes competing functions: to move high volumes of through-traffic as well as local traffic; provide access to adjacent properties; carry important public infrastructure; connect multi-use activity centers with key transportation facilities; and provide a gateway or entrance into a community – all this, while continuing to serve as one of the community’s central services corridors.

KKC approaches corridor planning from a range of spatial scales and timeframes to formulate land use and development policies which set forth deliberate, overarching strategies to improve corridor function, appearance, and economic potential. Corridor development, redevelopment and management plans include an array of tools, proven strategies and implementable actions to promote place-based land use patterns that balance efficient, multi-modal circulation improvements with economic development while respecting natural and human environments.

KKC’s corridor planning practice includes:

  • Community Engagement Services, include facilitating public input in a variety of settings, from one-on-one meetings, to focus groups, to community workshops, the focus of which is to illuminate existing conditions, improve cooperation between public agencies and corridor stakeholders, and visualize / formulate a preferred vision for the corridor.
  • Access Management Planning, includes analyzing access spacing, median treatments, and turning lane options to ensure improved movement of through traffic, and improved safety through a reduction in vehicle conflicts; while maintaining ample access for adjacent businesses.
  • Complete Streets Planning, includes revising regulatory guidance, policies and standards to implement best practices in order to ensure that a community’s transportation system provides a connected network of transportation choices, including vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian, and public transit, for the full complement of likely users.
  • Economic / Market Analyses to evaluate area development trends, market characteristics and conditions; current and expected external influences that may affect the corridor capacity and its function, including the distribution, location, extent, and intensity of development and redevelopment opportunities. 
  • Site Planning Studies and Redevelopment Scenarios includes analysis of the market potential for growth, redevelopment and scale of land uses within a corridor area; and the preparation of illustrative plans and renderings, guidelines and regulations to illustrate the implementation of parcel build-out strategies, access / circulation improvements and other enhancements geared toward improving the viability and function of a site within its economic context.
  • Corridor Management Plans evaluate impacts of proposed development to the intrinsic qualities of a corridor, including heritage-based (natural, cultural, and scenic) resources; and the formulation of strategies to protect and manage those resources.
  • Financing Programs ensure efficient and phased implementation that adequately meets any public investment needs.  KKC evaluates the feasibility and potential of various funding sources or programs for recommended improvements, including but not limited to the following:  local property and sales tax incentives and rebates, economic development sales taxes, public improvement districts, tax increment financing, interagency agreements, management districts, bond issuance and other finance instruments or programs.

 

Examples:

Michigan City, IN – US Highway 421 Corridor Plan

Valparaiso, IN – SR 49 Corridor Master Plan

Valparaiso, IN – US 30 Corridor Master Plan

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