Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Florida Greenbook to Add Chapter on Traditional Neighborhood Development

UPDATE: MAY 15, 2012 - The new "Traditional Neighborhood Development" Florida GreenBook chapter went into effect yesterday, May 14.  


The March 9, 2012 edition of the Florida Administrative Weekly reports that Florida's Secretary of Transportation, Ananth Prasad, has approved of revisions to the Florida Greenbook, also known as the Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance for Streets and Highways.  The Florida Greenbook governs thoroughfare design off the State highway system, meaning thoroughfares maintained by local governments.  According to the published summary, "The amendments include rewrites of the chapters addressing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, work zone safety, and bridges and other structures.  Additional, two new chapters are being added to address Signing and and Marking, and Traditional Neighborhood Developments." 

The fact the chapter is now going forward in the rule-making process is a very positive step.  The new chapter will enable local governments to approve of pedestrian-friendly street designs that will lower government expenditures and improve motorist, pedestrian, and bicyclist safety. 

Here is a LINK to the TND Chapter and a LINK to the accompanying TND Handbook.

Here is a PowerPoint, a little dated but informative, about the TND Chapter:

 Florida Green Book Traditional Neighborhood Development Florida Green Book