Review zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations to create more walkable places.
As was prominently discussed in Theme A, from a standpoint of developing great neighborhoods, there should be a focus on creating pedestrian-friendly streets and walkable blocks that make traversing them on foot a desirable activity. Reducing setbacks and shortening block lengths will make it easier for people to get around their neighborhoods and access the public and private amenities close to them. The full argument for implementing these principles is laid out clearly in Theme A. While the policy in that chapter places the impetus on the developer to submit plans that address the issue, this policy is for Planning and other divisions to address the underlying regulations that may hold back pedestrian-friendly development. It is important to ensure that revising and updating regulations be done with a purpose and a sharp focus on solving a problem. A full review of the zoning ordinance and subdivision regulations are needed with an aim to answer a singular question: Will a change make it easier or harder for people to connect pedestrians to destinations?