The Chagrin Falls Region Alternate Transportation Study is complete! After nearly 9 months of hard work, the final report was submitted to the Stakeholders committee August 23, 2010.
You can view or download a complete copy of the report below (link to Scribd - large file 35Mb+).
Please take time to review the entire report. There is a significant amount of information that reviews the study process, the stakeholders, the community, and the technical review of the study area and the proposed routes within it. The recommendations reflect a collective effort by the stakeholders committee along with the consultant that completed the study and input from the public.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Steve Latkovic
at the Foundation for more information or any of the stakeholders listed in the report.
How did we get here?
The Chagrin Falls Ad-Hoc Hiking and Biking Committee is a group of citizens brought together through a commissioned committee by Chagrin Falls Mayor Tom Brick. That committee was approached by Behnke Associates, a landscape architectural firm, in Fall 2009 about a grant program available through Northeast Ohio Area Coordinating Agency (NOACA). The grant program is called Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative, or TLCI. (Here is a link to the program). TLCI provides grant money for planning transportation improvements that advance the program's goals, such as enhancing the economic base and regional quality of life.
The Foundation quickly agreed to help the Ad-Hoc Committee secure the grant money. In Fall 2009, these two groups, with the backing of Chagrin Falls and South Russell, were able to secure co-sponsors for the application that includes Moreland Hills, Bentleyville, Orange, Cleveland Metroparks, and Geauga Park District.
The Chagrin Falls Region Alternate Transportation Study application was submitted to NOACA on October 9, 2009. On December 11, 2009, NOACA formally awarded the grant to Chagrin Falls as the application. Here is a link to NOACA's press release on the grant it provided to make this study a reality.
What is the study?
The study is looking at route options for non-motorized transportation (including bicycling and hiking) within the highlighted study area in the below map. Behnke Associations is conducting the study along with the stakeholders committee, which includes the villages of Chagrin Falls, South Russell, Orange, Moreland Hills, Bentlyville, and the Foundation, Cleveland Metroparks, and Geauga Park District.
As part of the study, there were three different opportunities for residents to participate. These meetings were meant to provide a forum for residents to voice their opinions or concerns regarding the location, type, use and other aspects of a regional trail system. Here were the dates:
Workshop #1: Tuesday, 4/27, 7:00 PM
Workshop #2: Tuesday, 5/25, 7:00 PM
Workshop #3: Tuesday, 7/6, 7:00 PM
What Isn't the Study?
The study is not an implementation plan or a committment to build or fund any trail, bike lane, or sidewalk. It binds no one or any community to take any further action beyond discussing locations, ideas, costs, issues and solutions about a regional trail/bike system. Once the study is complete, it will be up to each participating community as to whether any further action is taken.