Street Design Standards 

The Street Design Standards provide the design requirements for transportation infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks, traffic calming, and other street design elements. The design requirements outlined in these Standards are minimum requirements for design scenarios that frequently arise in transportation planning, traffic operations, street design, and site development. 

The Standards provide standardized traffic and transportation design requirements for existing and future site development in the City, including technical requirements for Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA). These Standards are a professional design resource for the City, the professional development community, and any individuals or groups involved in the planning and design of the City’s street network, public and private. In addition, these Standards provide design requirements for street elements called for in the Thoroughfare Plan Map and Bicycle Transportation Plan Map of the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

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Overview of street design standards

Downtown StreetS

The majority of streets in Downtown Plano were originally constructed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, long before city-wide standards were put in place.  The Street Design Standards include custom street design standards that are tailored to Downtown's unique charm and character.  These standards include components such as wider sidewalks, on-street parking, street trees and other pedestrian and bicycle amenities.  A Downtown Streets Plan inset map is included as part of the Thoroughfare Plan Map in the Comprehensive Plan.

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The Street Design Standards include guidance and direction on multimodal street design, including sidewalks, bicycle and micromobility facilities, curbside management and transit facilities.


Context-sensitive Street Design 

The Future Land Use Dashboards include goals and recommendations for transportation and street design.  The Street Design Standards incorporate these recommendations through context-sensitive design standards for four land use contexts: Neighborhoods, Corners, Commercial, and Mixed-Use.  

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The Street Design Standards outline the procedures for traffic studies prepared as part of the zoning and development process, including Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA). Additionally, procedures for the placement of neighborhood traffic calming devices are included.

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Special Streets & Accessways

The Street Design Standards includes regulations for the applicability and design of streets intended for local access for vehicles, pedestrians, or service/delivery. These street types include Alleys, Mews, Paseos, and Shared Streets.


Street Design Best Practices

The Street Design Standards incorporate the latest national best practices for street design. Sections of the document include intersections, medians, turn lanes, street lighting, right-of-way visibility, driveways, and more.

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