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Green Streets

Passaic County views Green Streets as an integral part of Complete Streets, defined as “streets for everyone.”  Complete Streets are designed to provide safe access for all users including motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and transit riders. Users also include persons of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, bicycle to work, and operate motor vehicles safely.

Green Streets are envisioned as Complete Streets that incorporate low-impact design elements that can mimic natural systems. These streets are ideal for the installation of structural and non-structural green infrastructure facilities for stormwater management. Reclaiming parts of the on-road and off-road environment will improve both water quality and reduce peak stormwater volumes, which can incrementally reduce flood events and their impacts throughout Passaic County.

The primary objectives of incorporating green infrastructure and low-impact development design elements in County capital planning are decreased infrastructure costs, better asset management and improved quality of life for Passaic County residents.  

For an overview of Green Streets and Passaic County's Green Infrastructure efforts to date, please view Green Streets & Infrastructure: A County Approach, presented at the APA-NJ Conference in February 2013. 

Green Street Example, Courtesy of US EPAGreen Street Example 2, Courtesy of US EPAGreen Street Example 3, Courtesy of US EPA
Photos Courtesy of US EPA