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Street & Intersection Typologies Design Guide

What is it?

The Guide will help the City create streets that are designed better for everyone.

The project creates new definitions and designs for 15 distinct kinds (or typologies) of streets in the city. These will supersede the traditional “arterial”, “collector”, and “local” street classifications. The project also assigns one of these new typologies to each of the nearly 8,400 public street segments in Salt Lake City.

The typologies consider land use context as well as citywide and neighborhood goals, allocate appropriate space for each of the five most important and competing functions of the public right-of-way (see below), and prioritize people. Without being prescriptive, the Typologies Guide is like zoning for streets.

Why are the typologies important, and why now?

“Streets comprise more than 80% of public spaces in cities, but they often fail to provide their surrounding communities with a space where people can safely walk, bicycle, drive, take transit, and socialize.” – National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide, 2013.

The Typologies Guide is a unique opportunity to reimagine our streets and ensure that they work better for everyone – by design. New transportation funding at the local, county, and state level provide unique opportunities to apply the recommendations from the Typologies Guide and build the kinds of streets people in Salt Lake City want (for supporting survey results, see the documents at the end of this page).

How can I provide my input?

By August 15th, please provide your final feedback on the 15 typologies and their cross sections, and the map.

You can provide input on the overall project by taking the survey at the bottom of this section. You can comment on the individual typologies by taking their respective surveys at the bottom of each page (the color links below). You can provide feedback on the draft map by using its comment tools.

  1. Two-Way Thoroughfare (Grand Boulevard)
  2. One-Way Thoroughfare (Grand Boulevard)
  3. Destination Thoroughfare
  4. Destination Street
  5. Commercial Shared Street
  6. Urban Green Street (Options A and B)
  7. Urban Village Main Street
  8. Urban Village Street
  9. Industrial/Business Park Thoroughfare
  10. Industrial/Business Park Street
  11. Neighborhood Corridor
  12. Neighborhood Center
  13. Neighborhood Street
  14. Neighborhood Green Street
  15. Neighborhood Shared Street

If you need the map in fullscreen, click here.

If you have technical issues accessing the above links, map, data, or survey, please contact Tom Millar at

Your feedback will inform the final Guide document and web platform. This public review period will also include a presentation to and tour with the City Council this summer, with a final draft of the Guide available in the fall.

How has past input been incorporated?

From August to October 2019, nearly 1,200 people took an online survey and ranked the importance of these essential functions of the right-of-way, depending on common locations in day-to-day life. Their time, effort, and responses guided the development of the cross sections and priorities of the Typologies project.

Person mobility, the movement of people walking, using mobility devices, and bicycling, is the most important function of the public right of way. This is true overall, in every place type, and in responses from every cross section of survey respondents, too, including people who drive regularly but never or rarely walk or ride a bicycle. More results and the Graphic Summary Report PDF are below.

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