At the physical center of the community, Downtown is a connection point for roads, transit lines, and trails that accommodate diverse mobility options. Walkable Downtown neighborhoods as envisioned in Character Areas will increase convenience and help reduce traffic and parking impacts of accommodating growth.
To offer safe, connected, accessible mobility to and within Downtown, St. George will strive to:
Accommodate Varied Travel Modes Safely
Diverse modes of travel will be accommodated in Downtown, including vehicles, transit, bicycles and pedestrians. In Downtown, the focus of transportation is on mobility and the pedestrian experience, rather than traffic volumes. In order to encourage all modes, enhance some routes for vehicular flow and others for alternative modes.
Enhance Downtown roadways to provide comfortable movement on diverse modes in accordance with Figure 6, Downtown Connections Map and adopted city street sections
Implement the adopted Complete Streets policy in Downtown consistent with Fig. 6.
Update planned improvements for 100 S to a Complete Streets treatment, aligned with the General Plan and this Plan.
Collaborate with Utah Tech University to plan and implement enhanced entryway and pedestrian connections from Utah Tech University to Downtown activity centers.
Improve wayfinding to the Downtown Arts District with gateway and directional signage.
Manage Parking Public Parking Supply
The 2021 parking study shows that management of free public parking resources in the arts district could improve patron convenience and encourage pedestrian circulation. With new growth and infill development, structured and shared parking may be increasingly important to providing supply proximate to demand.
Limit duration of free parking in and adjacent to the Arts District to ensure patron access to businesses; periodically assess the need for additional parking management actions.
Manage public parking structures to invite and encourage use by enhancing signage and lighting, moving long-term parking to upper floors, and similar.
Encourage the use of shared parking in new developments.
Analyze Downtown parking regulations to determine whether updates are needed to support reducing or eliminating non-residential off-street parking requirements.
Continue to Invest in Transit to Serve Residents and Workers
Most St. George Downtown workers live outside of Downtown and most Downtown residents work outside Downtown. OntheMap.gov Transit is critical to connect workers and residents to jobs and daily needs. A long term goal is to make carless living practical in Downtown Lively and Connected Character Areas.
Retain Downtown as the central hub of the transit system, consistent with the 2020 SunTran Transit Study recommendations.
Designate locations for rideshare drop-off within the Arts District to reduce traffic flow disruptions and increase user safety.
Implement pedestrian friendly improvements within walking distance from the transit hub and other high use transit stops in Downtown per the P.R.A.T. plan.
Develop an east-west transit route that connects Tech Ridge, Utah Tech University and St. George Regional Hospital consistent with modal roadway hierarchy in Figure 7.