The Town of Frisco is developing a Complete Streets Plan for Main, Galena, and Granite Streets, and is reaching out to the community for input by hosting an interactive multi-day design charrette on Tuesday, September 21, Wednesday, September 22, and Thursday, September 23, 2021. During this design charrette, Town staff and project consultants will be talking to residents and businesses, learning how Main, Granite, and Galena Streets function today, and drawing in real-time to re-envision streets that are safer, more inviting, and more vibrant for all.
Design Charrette Schedule
The Town of Frisco aims to bring transparency and community involvement to the process by providing several ways stay informed and get involved.
Public Presentation and Open House
Tuesday, September 21 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at Town Hall, 1 East Main Street
The project team will share a short presentation on the complete streets design process. Following the presentation there will be stations set up for community members to provide comments and input.
Open Design Studio
- Tuesday, September 21, 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the 1st and Main Building, 104 East Main Street
- Wednesday, September 22, 9:00am – 5:00pm at the 1st and Main Building, 104 East Main Street
The public is welcome to drop in anytime during open studio hours on Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with Town staff and project consultants, share their experiences and ideas, and participate in hands-on design exercises to help shape the future of Frisco’s downtown streets.
- Thursday, September 23 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm at the 1st and Main Building, 104 East Main Street
The project team will share a public presentation of the results of the design charrette, which will incorporate input from residents and businesses, initial designs for downtown streets, and envision what Frisco’s future streets might look like.
Why Complete Streets?
The term “complete streets” is a transportation policy and design approach that incorporates the needs of all users into the safe, comfortable, and efficient design of the streetscape. A complete street design means that streets are convenient and accessible to all users including: pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit riders, and automobiles.
The Town of Frisco completed a major update to the Frisco Community Plan in 2019, which included a special mobility element that specifically defines the Town’s vision and goals for transportation improvements in the central core area of downtown Frisco.
Community outreach, conducted as part of the mobility analysis for the Plan update, showed strong support for a street design for Granite and Galena Streets that would make the downtown area more appealing to bicycle and pedestrian users by improving parking, and adding bike lanes, sidewalks, landscaping, and traffic calming elements. In conjunction with the Community Plan, the 2017 Frisco Trails Master Plan also contains recommendations relating to the development of complete streets policies in order to improve opportunities for safe and efficient multi-modal transportation throughout the community. Based on this feedback, the Frisco Town Council prioritized the creation of a complete streets plan for downtown Frisco that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and implementable as one of their 2021 Strategic Plan Goals.
“The Downtown Complete Streets Plan is a crucial step in our Strategic Plan for both providing quality core services and working towards a more inclusive community by developing ease of access beyond motorized use around Frisco. Change, growth, and development are inevitable, and the Town would like to this to happen in a sustainable way that retains the Town’s culture and charm,” says Frisco Mayor, Hunter Mortensen.
Project Goals and Scope
This plan will consider Frisco’s unique character in its design, accommodate ongoing changes, and guide future improvements in the downtown core area, which is bordered by Galena and Granite Streets to the north and south, and from Madison Avenue to the Frisco Bay Marina to the east and west.
The primary goals for the Downtown Complete Streets Plan are to further develop the conceptual street cross sections found in the 2019 Community Plan and to develop policies that will serve as the regulatory standards for implementation by both private developments and public projects within the project area.
In order to reach those goals around safety and accessibility in the areas around Frisco Main Street, Frisco Town Council approved a contract with Toole Design Group for the Frisco Downtown Complete Streets Plan. The Toole Design Group was selected from eight proposals with four teams having been invited to interview for the project. The total fee proposal for this project is $127,676.
More information on this project and additional opportunities for community involvement as they become available may be found at FriscoCompleteStreets.com. Any questions may be directed to Susan Lee, Town of Frisco planner, at SusanL@TownofFrisco.com.