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Project Submission

Submit a project application for future funding rounds. 

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Selection process overview – Some projects (Capital Projects) need County Board approval to proceed, while others (Tactical Projects, previously known as pilot projects) do not need County Board approval.

Project Selection Process

Step 1: Submit an Application

All County-owned, non-arterial streets in residential areas are eligible for consideration. If you’re unsure if your street is a neighborhood street, check this map. Project nominations may be made by individuals, homeowner associations, civic organizations or by County staff.

Please limit your nominations to the most problematic areas. Each location requires a separate application.

Step 2: Review, Evaluation and Ranking

Only County staff will rank projects. Projects will be ranked based on the adopted Project Ranking Guidelines. Additional considerations used to evaluate and recommend projects include:

  • Available funding and estimated project costs
  • Available resources and tools
  • Availability and likelihood of funding for improvements under other County programs (e.g., maintenance or Safe Routes to School)
  • Other considerations that could impact the project (e.g., overlapping County projects or adjacent private development pending)

Note that “any project not approved through the Neighborhood Conservation (NC) program process or was withdrawn may be disqualified for consideration by the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) for four years after the date of such disapproval or withdrawal. For this purpose, any project disqualified from consideration by the NCSC must contain at least 50% of the scope (as defined in dollars) of the disapproved or withdrawn NC project.”

Step 3: Commission Project Selection

Staff will provide recommendations to the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission (NCSC) which will select projects to move forward for further study and development. The NCSC may defer projects that prove unfeasible or untimely for funding approval until later in the process or for later consideration.

Step 4: Public Engagement and Project Scoping

Staff begins to scope potential solutions to the problem street locations selected for further review. This process includes feasibility and public engagement and results in a preliminary design and cost estimate.

Step 5: Commission Funding Hearing

The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission will consider projects presented by staff for recommendation to the County Board for funding and implementation. Projects that involve only tactical measures (striping, signage, flexible posts, etc.) do not need approval of the County Board.

Step 6: County Board Approval

Staff and representatives of the Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission present the capital projects recommended by the commission at their Funding Hearing for consideration by the County Board. Projects approved by the County Board will advance to detailed design and implementation.