I'm the new Planning Coordinator for a township that is 16 square miles. The township is mostly suburban with little pockets of villages and commercial development.
Until my hire, no one has really advocated for sidewalks although their regional plans and reviews by nonprofits have said that they need to make their communities more walkable.
We typically see development plans for residential subdivisions from original 30-70 acre parcels. We have a few large parcels of natural areas that are parks or protected.
My question is- should I as the new hire advocate for sidewalks for all new plans and wind up with sidewalks to nowhere, or..... how do you piece together a more walkable community when there is no starting point? Should I look at a map of the town and identify areas that should be linked together with sidewalks?
With my Public Admin degree, I have no idea where to start here, except I know that people should be able to walk more and safely. The board of supervisors likes to recommend a grass strip that is graded as if there were a sidewalk, but I can't see people actually using those.....
Greenhorn needs help!