Planning & Economic Development > Urban Paths of Poulsbo Update
The Urban Paths of Poulsbo Plan was conceived as a trail plan to connect neighborhoods, parks, shopping and schools, and then link to regional trail systems leading from the city and into Kitsap County and beyond. Urban Paths of Poulsbo highlights the need for non-motorized options with the community. The plan was originally developed from 2009-2011 and adopted in 2012.
The City of Poulsbo is beginning the process of updating the Plan. This update is a chance to refresh outdated language, review progress made, and identify new opportunities for connectivity in Poulsbo.
Primary Project Tasks
Updating the Urban Paths of Poulsbo Plan includes the following tasks:
- Review and analysis of park and recreation related surveys.
- Update to existing inventory and maps (April meeting).
- Identification of new opportunities for connectivity.
- Development of a Draft Plan Update.
- Community Open House.
- Approval by Parks and Recreation Commission.
- Docket for 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment.
February 26, 2018 | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
April 23, 2018 | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
June 2018 | Community Open House
June 25, 2018 | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
August 27, 2018 | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
October 22, 2018 | Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
November 2018 | Present to City Council
November 2018 | Docket updated Urban Paths of Poulsbo for 2019 Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Summary of Park-Related Survey Data
Surveys conducted since 2007 have all confirmed that citizens consider trails/paths and sidewalks as a top priority for park development and traffic improvements. Provided below are summaries of each survey conducted as it relates to nonmotorized transportation:
- 2007 | Comprehensive Plan Update Survey
Sidewalks were a top traffic investment priority in 2007, with 88.2%. Street improvements/pavement restoration was second top priority at 80.1%. The other selections chosen include, bike paths (64%), neighborhood connectivity (63.9%), improved wait times at traffic signals (63.5%), and a citywide trail system (62.3%).
- 2009-2011 | Trails Committee Survey
In 2009, the trails committee conducted an online survey, which provided valuable citizen feedback in the creation of the Urban Path of Poulsbo Plan. Of the 273 respondents, 80% said that they expect to use the trails weekly, their top desired destinations were downtown Poulsbo and parks, and safety was a major concern.
The 2015 Parks and Recreation community survey reaffirmed that opportunities for walking and hiking continues to be very important to residents. Of the 219 respondents, 43.38 % chose walking/jogging trails as an amenity they would like to see offered in new parks. Shoreline access followed with 34.25%, bike paths with 33.33%, and safe road bicycling with 32.42%.
A survey conducted for the Poulsbo 2016 Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations update identified a citywide trail system as a highly desired amenity. In addition, sidewalks emerged as the most important traffic improvement (77.55%), followed by bike paths (52.24%), pavement restoration (52.65%), and a citywide trail system (51.84%).
The top priority for the most critical transportation improvements were more sidewalks and pedestrian paths where they don’t currently exist (33.62%). In a distant second was increased bus frequency (14.4%) and more bicycle opportunities (10.21%).
51.62% stated that walking paths were a desirable amenity or feature for a new park.