The City of Solon’s Connectivity Master Plan is a vision to create a unified network of safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible multi-modal connections that offer recreational opportunities and alternative options for getting around the community, elevating the health, well-being, economic activity, and mobility options for all residents in the community.
The Solon Connects Plan is the result of community aspirations to consider new methods, opportunities, and technologies to achieve a well-connected city for all residents regardless of age or ability. The Solon Connects Plan is intended to not only guide leaders, but also inspire residents, business owners, and other stakeholders to rethink pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular mobility in Solon now and into the future. The intent of the Solon Connects Plan is simple: build stronger bike and pedestrian connections between existing civic, commercial, and open space assets creating equitable and safer transportation connections for everyone. The plan will build upon Solon’s sense of community, pride, and amenities that make it an ideal place to visit, conduct business, and call home. The plan will look closely at existing facilities and multi-modal infrastructure both regionally and locally, while understanding, listening, and balancing national mobility trends with the needs and demands of residents and stakeholders to move vehicles safely and efficiently.
The City of Solon was awarded Master Plan funding through a competitive grant process from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission. County Planning is facilitating this process by bringing together data, community leaders, citizens, and public institutions to craft a plan for action. Look for regular updates, announcements, and documents posted on this page as the plan progresses.
The Solon Connects Plan is a collaborative guide developed by County Planning with input from residents, businesses owners, stakeholders, and other interested groups. It is a long-term vision for how the City might improve and expand its multi-modal connectivity options into the future, creating a more sustainable and better-connected network for all users. The planning process consists of four phases.
Phase 1: Discovery & Analysis
It is necessary to understand current conditions and assets that make Solon unique and to consider that information along with community preferences to help identify what future opportunities exist. This phase will include the collection of demographics and other data along with a detailed analysis of the City’s existing land use and infrastructure network including streets, sidewalks, and trails.
Phase 2: Vision
This phase will continue engagement with the community and begin to outline a vision – broad based concepts and ideas - for how it wants to increase access and connectivity in the City of Solon
Phase 3: Recommendations
This phase will start to identify specific recommendations that the city and various groups can consider in order to accomplish the vision outlined earlier. These goals will be designed to address some of the issues as opportunities found during the discovery and analysis phase while working towards the vision outlined by the community.
Phase 4: Implementation & Conclusion
This phase will expand on the goals outlined during the recommendations phase by establishing strategies, policies, responsibilities, and identify potential partners for implementation through funding and grant opportunities. Recommendations will be categorized into short and long-term opportunities charting estimated timelines and priorities for completion.
At the conclusion of this phase County Planning will combine all the previous phases into a completed Master Plan document. Once completed this document will be distributed to the Solon Community and its leadership by County Planning. This document will include all recommendations regarding issues related to land use, zoning, economic development, environment, connectivity, and transportation.
The Solon Connects Plan will focus its efforts around community engagement and opportunities for public education, awareness, and options for providing feedback. Community engagement may include online surveys, public meetings, focus groups, or other community events as necessary to aid the advancement of the master planning process. Obtaining input from diverse cross sections of the entire community will be critical for the success of this plan. Please look for regular updates, meeting announcements, and documents posted on this page as the plan progresses.
Questions or comments about Solon Connects should be directed to:
Mr. Michael Mears, PLA, AICP
Senior Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Ms. Rachel Novak
Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission