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Trail Planning
for California Communities

By Julie Bondurant and Laura Thompson

  • Item# TA
  • ISBN: 978-0-923956-81-3
  • Copyright (c) 2009
  • Paperback
  • Price: $95.00
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Cal-APA Statewide Award of Merit for Focused Issue Planning,
"Media Award" from the APA-CA Northern Section,
California Chapter of the Association of Environmental Planners Outstanding Environmental Resources Document for 2010
and
2010 American Society of Landscape Architects Northern California Chapter Professional Merit Award

Trail Planning for California Communities provides essential guidance on planning, design, construction, funding, and maintenance of trails in California • Details relevant policies, legislation, and successful projects that lend strong support and provide a variety of tools for the planning and implementation of local trails • A comprehensive guide that can be used at all stages of the trail development process.

Trail Planning is an important reference for planners, advocates, developers, and managers of trails. Topics include: the purpose and value of trails, Federal and state policies, developing trail plans, building community support, legal responsibilities, trail design, environmental review (CEQA and NEPA requirements), funding, and trail maintenance.

ABOUT TRAIL PLANNING FOR CALIFORNIA COMMUNITIES

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Chapters at a Glance
1 Purpose and Value of Trails
2 Policies and Regulations Authorizing Trails
3 Building the Trail Community
4 Legal Rights and Responsibilities
5 Trail Design
6 Environmental Review and Permitting of Trails
7 Funding Trail Development
8 Trail Maintenance and Operations





ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Julie Bondurant is a licensed landscape architect and certified planner. She has more than twenty years of experience specializing in trail, bicycle, and pedestrian issues, regional park and open space policy documents, feasibility studies, master plans, and management plans. She is a Senior Park Planner with the East Bay Regional Park District. Ms. Bondurant received her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a B.A. in History/Art History from the University of California at Irvine. She has served on the San Francisco Bay Trail Project Board of Directors since 1990, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council Board of Directors from 1990–1999.

Laura Thompson is the manager of the San Francisco Bay Trail Project, a nonprofit organization that coordinates the effort to complete a 500-mile continuous shoreline trail around San Francisco Bay. With 300 miles in place, the trail passes through 47 cities and nine counties, connecting communities to each other and to the shoreline. The Bay Trail Project is administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area’s regional planning agency. Ms. Thompson received her Master of Urban Planning and Policy degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Contributing Authors:

In the same way that a successful trail is the product of many partnerships, this book was co-authored by a number of our “trail partners.” The contributing authors of this book have provided their expertise and helped us to shape our values and find solutions to numerous planning, legal, environmental, design, funding, and maintenance challenges during our tenure as trail planners.

Michelle DeRobertis is a licensed Traffic and Civil Engineer in California specializing in bicycle and pedestrian transportation issues. She has been a transportation engineering consultant for over twenty years, and has authored bicycle design guidelines and bicycle master plans for communities throughout California. She is currently the bicycle program manager for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and is also an Instructor for U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies Technology Transfer Program. Ms. DeRobertis received her Masters in Transportation Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Winter King is an associate at Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in San Francisco, where she represents public agency and community group clients on matters involving California land use and environmental law. Ms. King attended Yale Law School, and is licensed to practice in California and New York.

Joe LaClair is a licensed landscape architect and an urban and regional planner. He has more than 20 years of experience, specializing in public space design and planning, land use, recreation and trail planning, and wildlife and recreation compatibility. He is Chief Planning Officer with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission in San Francisco. Mr. LaClair received his Masters of Landscape Architecture and Masters of City and Regional Planning from
the University of California at Berkeley. He has served on the San Francisco Bay Trail Project Board of Directors since 1992.

Bill Long is a retired chemical engineer who is actively involved in Bay Area trail development. He serves as the Chair of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council Board of Directors, is a member of the Marin County Park and Open Space Commission, and a Board Director for the San Francisco Bay Trail Project. Mr. Long is chair of the newly created Marin Open Space Trust.

Judith H. Malamut is a certified planner and principal with the Berkeley office of LSA Associates, Inc., a full-service planning and environmental consulting firm. With more than twenty years of experience, Judy assists public and private clients and serves as a project manager for resource management and recreation planning, CEQA and NEPA documents, policy planning, and environmental analysis. She has served on the San Francisco Bay Trail Board of Directors since 1994. Ms. Malamut received her Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Bachelors in Conservation of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jane Elizabeth Miller is a certified horticulturist and partner in the design firm of 2M Associates, Berkeley. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a team member in plant selection, planting design, and outreach programs relating to trails in California.

Patrick Tormay Miller is a licensed landscape architect and recreation planner with over thirty years of experience planning and designing trails throughout the west. He is a partner in the design firm of 2M Associates, Berkeley. His work experience includes all aspects of regional and area-wide trail system planning, resource analysis, facility design, interpretive design, and resolving public access and wildlife compatibility issues.

Richard Taylor is a partner at Shute Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in San Francisco. He represents public agencies and community groups in connection with a wide range of land use matters, including open space preservation and trails and recreation planning. He received his law degree and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and received his degree in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from the University of California at Davis.

Jim Townsend is the Trails Development Program Manager for the East Bay Regional Park District in Oakland. The East Bay Regional Park District is one of the nation’s largest local open space districts, with almost 100,000 acres of parkland, and over 1,000 miles of paved and unpaved trails, under management in its two-county jurisdiction. Mr. Townsend attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds a California Real Estate Broker’s license and a Certificate in Project Management from U.C. Davis.