Mobility Action Plan

Contact

City Planning

Phone

(231) 922-4460

Project Timeline

Start: Summer 2022 

Anticipated Completion:
Summer 2024

Leadership Team Meetings

Learn More

 

In 2022, the City initiated the process to rewrite the Master Plan and formulate a Mobility Action Plan. After several months in 2022 and 2023 of active public engagement, both the Master Plan and Mobility Action Plan have been drafted. The draft Mobility Action Plan was approved by the Mobility Action Plan Leadership Team on October 18, 2023. Both the Master Plan and Mobility Action Plan will be reviewed as one document. 

Learn more about the Master Plan Rewrite Process

DRAFT Moblity Action Plan

Community Engagement Report


Next Steps

Summer/Fall/Winter 2023

  • Finalized Drafting Chapters

February 2024: Staff Review

  • Staff review of of Draft Master Plan with Leadership Team edits completed

March 2024: MP Leadership Team & City Leadership Review

  • Updated draft distributed to City Manager, department heads, and MP Leadership Team
  • MP Leadership Team will meet March 20 for final review and send the draft to the Planning Commission

March - May 2024: Planning Commission Review

  • Draft MAP & MP distributed to Planning Commission
  • Planning Commission review meetings: April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
  • Distribute to City Commission

May - July 2024: City Commission Distribution, Review, and Public Open House

  • City Commission, through resolution, opens the mandatory 63-day public review period for the planning document (PA 33 of 2008). This is a required step and not an endorsement of the planning document
  • City Commission will review the planning document during this time
  • Public Open House to be schedule between June 17 - 28

June - August 2024: Planning Commission Review, Public Hearing, and Adoption

  • Planning Commission will review public input and make changes as deemed necessary
  • Required public hearing August 7. Planning Commission may adopt the planning document after the hearing 
  • State statute (PA 33 of 2008) requires a resolution and 2/3 affirmative vote of the Planning Commission for adoption

August - September 2024

  • State statute does not require the legislative body to adopt a master plan, but does allow them to do so through ordinance, which the City has enacted
  • Introduced to City Commission August 19
  • Adoption through resolution September 3 with a majority vote required

Project Background & Overview

A Mobility Action Plan is a strategic document that outlines a set of measures and strategies to guide policies designed to improve transportation and mobility. A plan will address various transportation challenges and promote more sustainable, efficient, and accessible transportation systems. Mobility Action Plans are crucial to addressing issues related to urban congestion, environmental concerns, and the overall quality of life for residents. Although there have been several formal and informal attempts at developing a city-wide plan for bike and pedestrian infrastructure, this will be the first comprehensive mobility and bike action plan for the City. To that end, the plan will build upon, expand and cultivate the City’s evolving culture of mobility. The City will work with the consultant to lead an extensive and inclusive community engagement process to develop the Mobility Action Plan.

The planning process will include an assessment of the entire street and non-motorized network, identification of community values and goals, a review of current policies and ordinances, a balanced summary and applicability of Complete Streets and other mobility/biking best-practices in the City, and an implementation plan that addresses opportunities for micro-mobility and identifies a preferred mobility and bike network for the City. The planning process will also help to identify immediate, medium and long-range actions, potential costs and funding opportunities, and necessary partnerships. In addition, the planning process will identify how the preferred mobility and bike network connects to, supports and impacts recent and on-going planning efforts related to future street design, traffic circulation and placemaking plans and projects.

The City is working a comprehensive planning process that addresses emerging micro-mobility options and the steps necessary to create a robust non-motorized network throughout the City and has entered into an agreement with Progressive AE/Toole Design Group to develop a Mobility Action Plan. 

The planning process led by Progressive AE will produce a community supported, actionable plan with articulated goals stemming from a robust engagement plan. The broader community, including identified stakeholder organizations, will be engaged throughout the planning process: including a community survey, three public engagement sessions, stakeholder meetings, and public review of the draft final plan. Additional participation opportunities are outlined in the attached proposal. Inclusive engagement will allow Progressive AE to identify the top five highest priority projects for Traverse City's Mobility Action Plan and produce a preliminary scope and cost for each.

Progressive AE Proposal


Mobility Action Plan Leadership Team

  • Mi Stanley - City Commission
  • Mitchell Treadwell - City Commission, Planning Comission
  • Anna Dituri - City Planning Commission
  • To Be Filled - DDA Board Member
  • Alex Yockey - City Engineering
  • Shawn Winter - City Planning Director
  • Frank Dituri - City Director of Public Services
  • Colleen Paveglio - City Communications Manager
  • Nicole VanNess - DDA, Transportation and Mobility Director
  • Harry Burkholder - DDA, Chief Operating Officer
  • Kelly Dunham - BATA, Executive Director
  • Christi Novak - Munson Health Services
  • Jim Moore - Executive Director, Disability Network Northern Michigan
  • Gary Howe - City Resident
  • Amy Hartzog - Trail Planner, TART Trails

Funding

The funding of the approximately $155,000 project breaks down as follows:

Downtown Development Authority:     
$48,000

MEDC RRC Technical Assistance:     
$30,000

Rotary Charities of Traverse City:       
$20,000

City of Traverse City:                           
$57,000

Project Total: $155,000