During Troy's trail developments the directory will be used to present useful developer information.

The pages are setup so that local citizens can educate themselves on Troy's trail developments. The directory is a resource information guide that helps the people stay on the cutting-edge alongside developers & stake holders.

On Tuesday December 5, 2017 the Troy City Council directed City Administration to host a study session. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the process, to determine if Civic Center proposals for redevelopment will be considered, opportunities and strategies for public engagement, and opportunities and strategies for green space preservation. Links below include: maps to demonstrate the different open& green spaces in the City of Troy timeline documenting the civic center project. The Parks and Recreation Board conducted a special meeting on January 11, 2018 at 6 pm in the Council Boardroom to discuss the green space initiative. A subcommittee was initiated and the Parks and Recreation Board nominated and appointed Tim McGee to be the Chairperson of the Green Space Sub-Committee.  Purpose of the Committee The Troy City Council has asked this committee to define “Open Space” and “Green Space” as it relates to the city; to analyze the current city inventory of both developed and undeveloped parks; to identify open land parcels not owned by the city (i.e. Troy School District, State or county ownership and individual or corporate ownership); to research surrounding communities as to what their ordinances outline; and to make appropriate recommendations to enable the Troy City Council to adopt an appropriate ordinance. Timeline of Events February 1st, 2018 - Green Space Sub Committee | 20 residents in attendance - See Minutes February 15th, 2018 - Green Space Sub Committee | 7 residents in attendance - See Minutes March 8th, 2018 - Green Space Sub Committee | 7 residents in attendance - See Minutes Defined terms Open Space: Any parcel of land that is undeveloped and has no structures including parking lots, veteran's plaza. Open space does include green spaces. Green Space: Public and privately available land with vegetation or areas allowing recreation or aesthetic purpose. Are you interested in being involved? Contact Kelly Molinar at K.Molinar@troymi.gov
The Greenway Collaborative
The Greenway Collaborative, Inc. is a small consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since 1993 the company has focused on greenway, trail, open space and non-motorized transportation planning. The Greenway Collaborative, Inc. is known for crafting innovative approaches that incorporate engaging public input and integrate current best practices. The firm has a passion for its work and builds strong partnerships with its clients. The Greenway Collaborative's mission is to inspire people to improve the places they live work, walk and ride, and to create environmentally sustainable communities that foster active transportation and recreation. The Collaborative is know for it's trusted strategic thinkers, creative problem solvers and knowledgeable leaders who provide council to public agencies, non-profits and other consultants in the field. Project Samples: City of Troy Trail Plan The plan looks at how to increase pedestrian and bicycle travel by fundamentally changing the character of the mile roads in the City, making them more aesthetically pleasing as well as safer and more comfortable to travel along and across as a bicyclists or pedestrian. City of Birmingham Multi-Modal Transportation Plan The City of Birmingham’s multi-modal transportation plan will be used by the City to improve and expand opportunities for pedestrians, bicycle and transit users, respond to the growing demand for alternative forms of travel and promote safe and comfortable transportation options across the City. Ferndale Moves! Ferndale, Michigan Ferndale Moves! is a website that will be used to promote and share information on the City of Ferndale’s Complete Streets Plan and will be used as a platform for community conversation to help shape the future of transportation in Ferndale. The City of Ferndale was awarded a TAP Grant in 2016 to implement bike route wayfinding signage.
Move Across Troy
The Move Across Troy initiative (Move X Troy) focuses on the developing viable pathways that enable pedestrians to move across the 16-mile corridor.  With automotive traffic exceeding 50,000 vehicles each day, the 16-mile corridor is one of the busiest transit avenues in the city. Marked by some of the most recognizable architectural developments in southeast Michigan; like Somerset Mall and its innovative elevated skywalk, the skyscraping Top of Troy and the two mirroring Columbia Towers, the 16-mile corridor stands as a beacon of architectural splendor. It's also a hotbed of automotive traffic. These days, when it comes to transiting the 16-mile corridor on foot, navigating the busy landscape will often leave pedestrians and cyclists feeling somewhat intimidated and perplexed. Pedestrians and cyclists often have to travel long distances just to cross the road. The limited opportunities to cross restricts access to residents with the businesses and dining retail experiences that are designed to bolster the economy, but without such fludity the corridor stands at a loss.  This has encouraged the City of Troy and it's residents to explore an alternate crossing system that is designed to ford a better built-environment for pedestrians. The goal is to improve the conditions that enable people to move across Troy's 16-mile corridor in a more fluid and formal manner.  Note that another option being explored is called the Appian Way. Contact Any questions or comments can be addressed to moveacrosstroy@troymi.gov.
Aaron's Appian Dream
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney Aaron's Appian Dream is a proposal by the creator of this site.  The Appian Way I am calling the project, "The Appian Way" as a way of paying homage to the ancient Roman Road called The Appian Way. Rome's Appian Way is a famous ancient Roman highway that spans the length of the Italian Peninsula; The Appian was known for it's level surface and for being remarkably straight. The Roman highway was designed primarily to move military equipment but while it wasn't being used to move the Roman Army it was being used for commerce and regular commuting by all types of people. This website presentation is currently in development. In 2007 Aaron gave a presentation on some of his findings throughout Troy. This web presentation is a more refined, proper and a more in depth look at how some of the Aaron's early findings are still relevant to this day. The presentation focuses on developing elevated pathways on the 16-mile corridor. The proposal highlights ways to integrate elevated active-transit pathways into the 16-mile Big Beaver built-environment. Aaron believes the Appian's elevated pathways will enable residents, world-travelers, athletes and businesses to seamlessly transit the busy 16-mile corridor. This proposal works to accentuate the Move Across Troy inititive. "Move Across Troy" is being speaheaded by Maggie Hughes, she is also focusing on walkable pathway developments along the corridor. Aaron's Appian Blogs: New City Center: As Troy's New Center Center develops there are some key areas for improvement that can be made that will enhance the pedestrian experience, as well as accentuate the city-life atsmophere. This first study focuses on Wilshire Drive and an available space for a formal corsswalk over the median. Snow Removal - State of the terrain: Troy Trails & Pathways Appian corridor reporter Aaron Lad presents snow conditions along the 16-mile corridor. Some of the highlights include the Move Across Troy initiatives. Aaron offers suggestions and insights for safer passages. (currently editing)  Artwork:
Planners Web
For nearly 30 years — beginning in 1991 — the Planning Commissioners Journal & PlannersWeb.com has served respectively as the nation's principal publication and online resource for citizen planners, including members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Over the years, Planners Web has been supported by a slate of terrific contributing writers and by a small, but very dedicated staff, led for nearly 17 years by it's general manager Betsey Krumholz, who served for six years as a planning commissioner and assisted by Planner Web's office manager, Peggy Ellis-Green. Unfortunately, Planners Web is not adding any new content at this time. Planners Web has closed the business. However, you can access, download, and or print out past articles @ PlannersWeb.com at no cost for your personal use, or for the use of members of a municipal planning commission, committe and board. Features Planners Web features a series of articles focusing titled, "The Commissioners Journal Planning ABC's." The series focuses on important elements in the planning & development process, like Budget, Design, Historic Preservation, Open Spaces and Water Management. The site provides a 12-point Resource Guide that presents individuals with tips and ideals to better manage public planning hearings. The Public Hearings Resource Guide also points you to other relevant online information and documents that are designed to empower the individual. Be sure to check out the Editors Choice Articles and the Comprehensive Planning Articles. The Articles are a repository of write-ups that are crucial at this point in time. Contact If you have any questions, feel free to email Planners Web at: pcjoffice@gmail.com. Please allow up to two weeks for replies.
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National Association of City Transportation Officials
NACTO’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. Founded in 1996 by former New York City Transportation Commissioner, Elliot Sander, NACTO's mission is a commitment to "raising the state of the practice for street design and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities." Since its founding, NACTO has participated in a number of research initiatives dealing with surface transportation in urban areas. Past campaigns have focused on bicycling, bus rapid transit, light rail, bike share, and freight. It's design guides have gained the endorsement of numerous cities, states, and other organizations, in addition to gaining Federal Highway Administration acceptance for use in conjunction with other mandated guidance and resources. Membership The core of NACTO’s mission is to build a strong network of peers and foster open communication and collaboration between cities. NACTO provides its Members valuable technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and forums for sharing best practices. Through its annual Designing Cities Conference, on-the-ground Cities for Cycling Road Shows, targeted Street Design Workshops, and virtual design charrettes, NACTO offers its member cities opportunities to showcase new projects, receive feedback from their peers, explore common challenges, and learn from shared experiences. NACTO offers its members valuable interaction with other cities on best practices, while providing a forum for a unified urban voice in U.S. transportation policy. Member benefits include: Improved communications and dialogues between city staff working on a variety of transportation issues A forum to learn best street design and transportation practices from around the US and for peer-to-peer exchange of innovative policies and ideas Membership on review committees, including those for the Urban Street, Urban Bikeway, and Transit Street Design Guides Some travel support for NACTO events and other project-related travel Regular updates on NACTO projects and events NACTO staff leadership at Design Guide-based trainings Participation in NACTO’s standing policy committee on national transportation issues, which reviews NACTO’s federal transportation strategy and meets annually with the Secretary of Transportation in Washington, DC. (Open to Full Members only) For further details, download the 2016 Membership Packet NACTO focuses on: Communicating a bold vision for 21st century urban mobility and building strong leadership capacity among city transportation officials. Empowering a coalition of cities to lead the way on transportation policy at the local, state, and national levels. Raising the state of the practice for street design that prioritizes people walking, biking, and taking transit. Contact NACTO is on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. You can email the NACTO at nacto@nacto.org Be sure to have a look at NACTO's Member Cities & Design Guides
880 Cities
880cities motto: "Cities should be safe for everyone, whether an individual is 8 or 80 years old." 880cities is a non-profit organization that provides citizens with solutions that are focused on enhancing mobility and public spaces. 880cities focuses on fording public spaces that are safe for 8 year-olds and 80 year-olds. 880cities helps cities improve the quality of life for people in cities by providing programs for citizens that are designed to enhance mobility and people-friendly public spaces so that cities can foment more vibrant, healthy, and equitable communities. Back Story Frustrated by the lack of progress happening in cities both locally and globally, 880cities founder, Guillermo Penalosa, set out to light a fire under decision-makers and community leaders reticent to change. In his words, he wanted to help cities “move from talking to doing.” Having led urban transformation projects in Bogota in the late 1990s, he knew the tremendous power of investing in sustainable mobility, parks, and public spaces. After moving to the Greater Toronto area with his family, Guillermo incorporated the not-for-profit organization “Walk and Bike for Life” with the goal of promoting walking, bicycling, parks, and public spaces as a means to building healthier, happier, and more equitable communities. The organization quickly grew as municipalities and partners around the world began seeking out leadership and expertise in creating cities for all ages, 8 to 80 years-old. In the past 10 years, 880cities has: Worked with over 250 communities across 6 continents Become experts in unconventional citizen engagement Helped lead an open streets movement around the world Delivered over 100 community-led engagement projects to public spaces Partnered with global leaders in public health, transportation, parks, urban design, and etcetera. Services Unconventional Engagement Idea Labs Open Streets Planning Special Projects Contact You can follow 880cities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you want to contact directly, you can email 880cities via email or use 880cities contact form. You can also reach the organization by phone @ 416-591-7404
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Gibbs Planning Group
Robert J. Gibbs AICP, ASLA, CNU-A Profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Urban Land, Gibbs has, writes The Atlantic Monthly, “a commercial sensibility unlike anything possessed by the urban planners who usually design downtown-renewal efforts.” He is also a recognized leader in the New Urbanism, having pioneered the implementation of its environmentally sustainable principles of Traditional Town Planning and Smart Growth. Robert J. Gibbs serves as GPG’s president, supervising all operations, planning, and research. For the past 25 years, Gibbs has been active in developing innovative yet practical methods for applying modern trends in commercial development to more than 400 town centers and historic cities here and abroad. He also planned Michigan’s first ten New Urban communities and Form Based Codes. A speaker at the First Congress of the New Urbanism in 1992 and eight subsequent CNUs, Gibbs lectures frequently throughout the country. He is the author of "Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development" and the SmartCode "Retail Module," and has contributed articles to numerous books and publications. For the past 20 years, he has taught “Urban Retail Planning” in the Executive Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2012, Gibbs was honored by the Clinton Presidential Library for his life’s contributions to urban planning and development and by the City of Auckland, New Zealand for his planning innovations. Before Gibbs founded GPG in 1988, he gained invaluable expertise in retail planning by advising shopping center developers on the psychology of commerce—the practical science of analyzing and adjusting all elements known to affect a shopper's mood in the marketplace. From this experience, Gibbs distilled the fundamental retail and merchandising principles for reviving retail in moribund downtowns and for instilling successful commerce in new ones. Robert J. Gibbs Book: Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development Review @ Amazon.com: Robert Gibbs is considered one of the foremost urban retail planners in America For more than two decades, his expertise has been sought by some of the most respected mayors, renowned architects, and successful real-estate developers in the country. "Every component of this book is organized systematically. Gibbs conveys his expertise with rigorous clarity. This guide should prove invaluable for anyone who wants to do retail in a way that adds to a community's character and also makes economic sense." (Better! Cities & Towns, March 2012)
Troy City Council
The governing body in Troy is the City Council made up of seven members. The Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and Council Members are represented through equal voting powers and dictate policy to management through represeanative resolution. Council Members: Mayor, Dane Slatermayorslater@troymi.gov248-524-3500 Pro tempore, Edna Abrahimedna.abrahim@troymi.gov248-524-3500 Ethan Bakerethan.baker@troymi.gov248-813-8331 Ed Penningtoned.pennington@troymi.gov248.210.8835 Ellen Hodorekellen.hodorek@troymi.gov248-524-3500 Dave Hendersondavehend61@outlook.com248-321-0151 David Hamiltondavid.hamilton@troymi.gov586.930.5278 Code of Ethics for Council Members: Upon swearing in each council member must sign and agree with the City of Troy's City Council Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a constitution for everyday professional conduct of each council member position. As a member of the Troy City Council each member must: Respect the confidentiality of privileged information Recognize that an individual council member has no authority to speak or act for council Work with other council members to establish effective policies Delegate authority for the running of the city to the manager and staff Encourage the free expression of opinion by all council members Seek systemic communications between council, staff, and all elements of the community Render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment rather than succumbing to the influence of individual or special interest groups Make every effort to attend all meetings Become informed concerning the issues to be considered at each meeting Avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof Refrain from using this position for personal benefit, nor for the benefit of family members or business associates Use the same care and caution when using electronic media as would be exercised when speaking face-to-face or through written memoranda Avoid use of derogatory or denigrating language You can view the agreements signed by each council member here. Rules of Procedure City Council Rules of Procedure are the guidelines set by City Council for their meetings.