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Draft Plan - Fauquier County

Draft Plan - Fauquier County

pedestrian trail

pedestrian trail systemsin neighboring areas, including the Center District trail network and Prince William County. 3. Provide a wide range of recreational opportunities through the use of parks and trails. 4. Take advantage of existing natural and historic amenities such as river courses, ravines, floodplain and historically significant structures or places in the community by linking parks and trails to these cultural locations. OBJECTIVES 1. Where feasible, co-locate parks and recreational facilities with school sites, community centers and public and private institutions. 2. Link parks with a network of trails to nearby neighborhoods, schools, commercial areas, community centers, and public/private institutions. 3. Build trails along existing and planned roadways and areas identified on Figure NB- ___, and additionally identified in the “Thoroughfare Type and Design Characteristics” section of this chapter (beginning on page 45) . 4. A multiuse path shall be provided on at least one side of an urban collector when constructed or when VDOT major road improvements are undertaken. 5. All public sidewalks and trails shall be consistently designed with the Americans with Disabilities Act trail guidelines, including County-constructed sidewalks and trails. 6. Reserve land located in floodplain for open space uses where practical. 7. Work with the Parks & Recreation and GIS Departments to establish an inventory of built and proffered trails in the New Baltimore Service District. This action will better-define progress toward implementing a trail network in the service district. 8. Define trail standards in the Fauquier County Design Standards Manual. IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES 1. Construct trails with new road construction resulting from new development, or along with VDOT improvements to existing roads where such trails are identified in this plan. 2. Establish trails through voluntary easements or right-of-way acquisition. 3. Acquire parkland, open space and trail/sidewalk dedications in conjunction with rezoning, special exception and other land development applications. Preferred Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 78

locations for parks, associated facilities and the trail network are shown in Figure NB- 8: Parks and Trails Plan. (This plan is schematic and general in nature; actual locations for bicycle path/trails will be based on construction plans for state secondary and primary road improvements or new construction, and land development.) 4. Develop pedestrian-friendly communities by linking pathways and trails in private development to trails located alongside VDOT-maintained roadways. 5. Work with the County’s Parks & Recreation Department and homeowner’s associations to define who will maintain the trails. 6. Require public access to all trails and sidewalks that are not maintained through either VDOT or the County. 7. Perform a detailed study with additional public involvement that makes priority recommendations and develops a phasing strategy for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian routes to connect important destinations throughout the community. The study should build on the existing trail and sidewalk network, while considering the full range of options available. Funding sources, such as grants (federal, state, etc.), donations from community groups, developer proffers and the capital budget should also be explored in this study. 8. Support and expand the Safe Routes to Schools programs. 9. Create and educational program that focuses on proper trail usage and safety. Adopted April 12, 2007, Revised October 8, 2009, Draft Revisions March 1, 2013 79