Sierra Vista MPO Quarterly Newsletter - VIA VISTA

April - June 2016

 

It's Budget Time

The Sierra Vista MPO is currently in the process of developing next fiscal year's Work Program & Budget.  The draft Budget will be available on the MPO's web page, www.svmpo.org, for public review and comment after the April 14, SVMPO Technical Advisory Committee meeting. The SVMPO's Budget outlines projects, policies, and programs the MPO will be working on over the next fiscal year starting July 1, 2016.   

Upcoming Meetings:

April 5, 5 p.m. Fry Blvd. Corridor Study Open House.  Sierra Vista Library's Mona Bishop Room 

April 7, 1 - 2 p.m.  Health Impact Assessment (HIA) public presentation.  Sierra Vista Library's Mona Bishop Room

April 14, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. SVMPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).  Public Works, 401 Giulio Cesare Ave, Sierra Vista

May 19, 3:30 p.m., SVMPO Board of Directors.  City Hall, 1011 N. Coronado Drive, Sierra Vista

Please check the MPO's calendar to ensure a meeting has not been cancelled or rescheduled.  The calendar can be found on the MPO's web site at www.SVMPO.org/calendar/

In This Issue:

2015 - 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Open House: West End Fry Blvd Corridor Study

MPO 101

Origin & Destination Study

Project Update: Health Impact Assessment

Sierra Vista Bike to School Week

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2015 - 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

 

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for the Sierra Vista region was approved by the Sierra Vista MPO Board of Directors on March 17.  

The RTP is a 25-year long range transportation plan that will be a road map for transportation projects and programs in the SVMPO Planning Area. The RTP identifies goals, strategies and priorities for meeting the region's transportation needs.

The Final Plan can be viewed HERE

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Open House: Fry Boulevard

West End 

Corridor Study

The Sierra Vista Metropolitan Planning Organization (SVMPO), City of Sierra Vista, and Cochise County are in the early stages of planning and designing improvements to the West End to improve public infrastructure and increase walk-ability, while providing an inviting environment for existing and future business development in the corridor.  The end result will be design concepts for an improved roadway that will identify multi-modal transportation and streetscape design options, green infrastructure improvements, and programmatic strategies to improve the corridor with a particular focus on how transportation and streetscape strategies impact place-making and economic development.

Please join us at a community meeting to view and discuss preliminary planning concepts for Fry Boulevard’s West End, scheduled for:

 Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 

Sierra Vista Public Library, Mona Bishop Room

2600 E. Tacoma Street, Sierra Vista

Meeting begins at 5:00 pm, with a presentation scheduled for 5:15 pm

 

For updates, please see the project page HERE.

MPO 101

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Each year the SVMPO receives an apportionment of Surface Transportation Block Program Funds  that local jurisdictions, such as the City of Sierra Vista and Cochise County, can use for road maintenance and other improvements to the transportation system in the region.   In order for a project to move from design to construction, it must be placed in the the SVMPO TIP.

Currently, the only surface transportation project in the TIP is the $1.3 million resurfacing of Buffalo Soldier Trail between the Buffalo Soldier Gate of Fort Huachuca and Hwy 90 Bypass.  After the SVMPO Technical Advisory Committee reviews the TIP at their next meeting on April 14, the TIP is placed in a 30-day public review period.  The draft TIP will be available on the MPO's web page at www.svmpo.org after April 14. 

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Origin & Destination Study 

How many Mexican Visitors come to Sierra Vista for services and goods and how much do they spend?   What are the implications for the transportation system?  Nobody really knows.  

That's the purpose of the Origin & Destination (O&D) Study - to better understand and measure the impacts to the transportation system and economy in the Sierra Vista region of Mexican visitors crossing in to the United States at the Douglas, AZ port of entry for shopping and services available in Sierra Vista.  The O&D Study will be developed in coordination with the City’s Economic Development Department.

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Project Update: Health Impact Assessment

The SVMPO in coordination with the consulting firm, PLANet, has been collecting data for the Health Impact Assessment (HIA).  The HIA examines how we can create a healthier Sierra Vista through changes in policies and projects that support alternative transportation like bicycling and walking.

On February 7th at the Chamber of Commerce Tailgate Party, the MPO heard from over 50 concerned citizens about how to make Sierra Vista a healthier place.  Ideas included adding more multi-use paths throughout the city and placing benches and shade trees along these paths.  The MPO welcomes all of your suggestions.  If you would like to tell us how to make Sierra Vista a healthier place, please visit us online at www.svhia.mysidewalk.com and comment!

Public input is a big part of the HIA process.  Please join us on April 7th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm in the Sierra Vista Public Library’s Mona Bishop Room to learn about the HIA and tell us how to create a healthier community through alternative transportation.

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Bike to School Week, May 2 - 6.

Local Students will celebrate National Bike Month by participating in a local Bike to School Week from May 2 through May 6,

Hosted by the Sierra Vista Unified School District and Fort Huachuca Accommodation School, this event offers K-12 students a chance to improve their odds of winning prizes each time they bike to school.  Prizes include passes to CIBA Climbing, the Sierra Vista Aquatic Center "The Cove," and one of 11 new bikes donated by the event's top sponsor, Sun & Spokes.  

For more information visit www.svmpo.org/svbiketoschool or call Barbara Mosher at (520) 515-2724

 

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Contact:

Web: www.svmpo.org

Email: SVMPO@SierraVistaAZ.gov

Phone: 520-439-2178

Office Address: 401 Giulio Cesare Ave., Sierra Vista, AZ 85635