Glasgow Alternative Transportation Endeavour
What is Greenway Development?
Greenspace: An open space such as a park, wildlife refuge, or undeveloped flood plain.
Greenway: A linear greenspace along a natural or man made corridor.
Greenbelt: A network of greenspaces and greenways that encircle or infiltrate a community.
Master Plan: An adopted plan that serves as a guide for development of conservation corridors and trail corridors that will provide physical and functional linkages between greenspaces, habitats, recreational areas, neighborhoods, cultural and historic resources and workplaces.
What are the benefits of Greenway and Greenbelt development?
Ø Greenways planned as elements of subdivisions can benefit homebuyers and developers alike.
Ø There is increased visual quality of residences and business located along Greenways.
Ø Spending by residents on greenway related activities support recreation oriented business and employment.
Ø Since development within a floodplain area is more costly and potentially dangerous, using designated floodplain areas for Greenway development is an attractive alternative.
Ø USDA provides funding to state and local agencies that effectively maintain and operate watershed improvements.
· More appealing to new and relocating industries.
· Encourages a healthy lifestyle
Ø Decreases in health costs and increased social interaction are immeasurable benefits.
· Decreased transportation costs
· Increased tourism
· Decreased costs of clean water
· Decreased criminal activity
What are the benefits of developing a Greenway Master Plan?
Currently there is limited funding for Greenway development through the Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), however, should funds become readily available communities that have adopted a Greenway Master Plan are more likely to receive funding consideration. Also, if a community has an adopted Greenway Master Plan when road improvements are instituted by the State and / or Federal Government planned trails identified within the Master Plan must be taken into consideration before road construction begins. That is why having an adopted and implemented Master Plan is essential for further Greenbelt development. In conjunction with the already adopted Comprehensive Plan, the Greenway Master Plan can become a vital part of development in the City of Glasgow.