Local Government Complete Streets Implementation Strategies

Rt. 54 in Fenwick IslandDesign Standards

Most local governments use street-design standards that comply with federal and state requirements for roads that will be dedicated to DelDOT. DelDOT’s 2010 adopted Standards and Regulations for Subdivision Streets and State Highway Access (PDF) manual also provides guidance and regulations that support complete streets principles and the state’s policy.  In addition, local governments can develop more stringent subdivision regulations and design standards to enhance various modes of travel, connectivity, bicycle and pedestrian circulation, and installation of sidewalks. Communities make take on the responsibility of creating their own design standards (while in compliance with DelDOT and federal standards) for creating unique identities that provide a sense of place (e.g., historical, geographical, and cultural characteristics).