The Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has created a Collector Street Plan that complements the adopted Thoroughfare Plan and improves street connectivity. The Collector Street Plan identifies existing and future collector streets.
Collector streets are those streets that link thoroughfares to local streets. Both the City of Greensboro's Unified Development Ordinance and Guilford County's Development Ordinance include definitions of the terms "collector street" and "collector street plan." Definitions of these terms are available below. Collector street designation affects several development standards, such as street width, building setback, sidewalks, and other uses.
Plan Development Timeline
A Draft Greensboro Urban Area MPO Collector Street Plan was developed in August 2004 as a part of the process to update the 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). After the 2030 LRTP was adopted in 2004, the Draft MPO Collector Street Plan was further refined through consultation with local planning staff. This process produced a proposed Collector Street Plan.
The Proposed Greensboro Urban Area MPO Collector Street Plan was presented for public review and comment at four public workshops in spring 2005. These meetings were held throughout the MPO area to provide the greatest opportunity for public input. Following the public review and comment period, the Greensboro Urban Area MPO Collector Street Plan was endorsed by the Transportation Advisory Committee on April 27, 2005.
The following policy boards have adopted the portion of the Greensboro Urban Area MPO Collector Street Plan within their respective jurisdictions:
- Greensboro City Council, September 6, 2005
- Summerfield Town Council, September 6, 2005
- Sedalia Town Council, October 3, 2005
- Guilford County Board of Commissioners, August 24, 2006
- Oak Ridge Town Council, October 5, 2006
- Stokesdale Town Council, January 22, 2008
The Pleasant Garden Town Council, following an additional public workshop at its request, chose not to adopt the Collector Street Plan. Additional consideration may be given when the Town's Long Range Land Use Plan is completed.
The Collector Street Plan will promote orderly incremental implementation of the collector street network. The implementation of the plan will produce many benefits, including assistance in local planning for public transportation, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities, and improved traffic circulation and traffic control as future land developments occur within the MPO area. Implementation of the Collector Street Plan will occur primarily through the local development process, although some improvements to existing collector streets will be made through state- or MPO-driven transportation projects. Proposed new collector streets will be constructed mainly as the result of private development activity.
Several factors were evaluated when designating existing and future streets as collectors:
- Existing designations
- Existing and future land uses
- The degree of connectivity between local streets and major and minor thoroughfares
- Impacts on the environment, either natural or cultural
Links Related to the Collector Street Plan