One of the most telling parts of a government entity's commitment to it's Complete Policy is in the Exceptions. While the policy is otherwise very good, the exceptions are a little vague and could be manipulated to scrap otherwise worthy / needed complete street projects. "d" is particularly concerning as there is no definition of "disproportionate cost." The standard is that bike/ped improvements not exceed 15% of the total project cost. The vague exceptions of concern are below.
c) Detrimental environmental or social impacts outweigh the need for these accommodations.Putting that aside another mutual friend, Gerald points out that the policy places emphasis on planning for future bicyclists and pedestrians. A good cool point. Also the checklists are pretty neat and make it simple for implementers in the future to follow the policy.
d) Cost of accommodations is excessively disproportionate to cost of project.
e) The safety or timing of a project is compromised by the inclusion of Complete Streets.
Good job Morristown!