Coastal Smart Growth Home: Getting Started: Context-sensitive solutions


Context Sensitive Solutions is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders in developing a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historical and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

How to Get Started

Context Sensitive Solutions Website

The Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) Website, developed by the Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the Project for Public Spaces and Scenic America, provides CSS project examples, case studies, research, policy and training resources.

National Complete Streets Coalition Website

The National Complete Streets Coalition’s website provides a number of resources on how to design streets that address the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit.

Downtown Waterfront Form-Based Code Workshop

The ICF International report produced for EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program includes examples of draft form-based code for the city of Marquette’s Downtown Waterfront District. The report includes context sensitive solutions for street designs (see Chapters 3 and 4).

Charlotte’s Urban Street Design Guidelines

The city of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation Urban Street Design Guidelines provide a comprehensive overview of their approach to creating streets that provide capacity and mobility for motorists, while also being safer and more comfortable for pedestrians, cyclists, and neighborhood residents, as well as design details.

Public Policies for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility

A Federal Highway Administration report that provides examples of policies and implementing programs that support pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility.