In September, we asked visitors to the Imagine Fort Mill website the following question:
One of the most cost effective ways of reducing traffic on main thoroughfares is to require internal street connectivity between new developments. However, this type of connectivity may also generate more "cut through" traffic in residential neighborhoods. Do you think it is more important to:
This question was a follow up to our May Flash Poll, where more than half of all respondents (51.7%) selected "Traffic & Transportation" as the most important issue currently facing Fort Mill.
From a planning and design standpoint, internal connectivity is generally regarded as an effective way of reducing traffic on main thoroughfares, and can be accomplished at little to no cost to taxpayers. However, by providing more options for the movement of vehicles, new neighborhoods may also see a higher volume of "cut through" traffic. By a vote of nearly 2-to-1, respondents placed a higher priority on preserving the residential character of neighborhoods, and minimizing opportunities for "cut through" traffic, even if it means more traffic on main thoroughfares.
We received a total of 250 responses over the course of the month. Nearly two-thirds (63.6%) of respondents felt that when it comes to connectivity, it is more important to preserve the residential character of neighborhoods, even if it means more traffic on main thoroughfares. Slightly more than one-third (36.4%) supported reducing traffic on main thoroughfares, even if it means more "cut through" traffic in residential neighborhoods.
A new flash poll will be posted on the Imagine Fort Mill homepage each month during the town's comprehensive plan update process. To participate, please visit www.imaginefortmill.com.