Lyon Township selected to host MDOT Walkability Audit

Lyon Township is pleased to announce is has been chose to host an MDOT Walkability Audit in September.

The Walkability Audit is a hands-on evaluation of the walking conditions within an identified study area, followed by a presentation that includes broad design improvement recommendations to improve the walkability and livability of the area under study.  Specialized transportation planners will focus on the Township’s downtown area, also known as New Hudson.

Lyon Township’s application was co-sponsored by the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).  In addition, Planners from Oakland County Economic Development and Community Affairs will help the Township “get the word out” to potential attendees, which include regional and local community officials, planners, engineers and other stakeholders. 
The MDOT Walkability Audit will offer the following:

  • Benefits of improving walkability;
  • On-site evaluation of walking conditions;
  • Overview of common challenges;
  • Examples of potential solutions; and
  • Public presentation and wrap-up.

“As a host community, we have a unique opportunity to work with our state and county partners to establish best practices for planning and implementing pedestrian amenities in the New Hudson area of Lyon Township,” stated Lyon DDA Chairman, Jay Howie.

About the Lyon Township DDA
The Lyon Township Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in 1999 to reverse the pattern of deterioration in New Hudson, the Township’s main downtown business district, and to plan for and implement public improvements that are considered necessary for future economic growth in New Hudson and along Grand River Avenue, the main thoroughfare through New Hudson.

In 2009 the DDA, together with residents, business and property owners, and community stakeholders, developed a plan to create a walkable downtown oriented around the five-point intersection of Grand River Avenue, Pontiac Trail and Milford Road. 

A combination of high density and mixed-use residential and commercial developments are planned to compliment New Hudson’s historic settlement pattern, existing civic uses, such as Dolsen Elementary School and the New Hudson Post Office, as well as to capitalize on recreational amenities, such as the Huron Valley Trail (i.e. former Pere Marquette rail line), the Township’s own James F. Atchison Park, and Kensington Metro and Lyon Oaks Parks. 

For more information, contact Michelle Aniol, Lyon Township Economic Development Coordinator/ DDA Administrator:  Tel:  248-437-2240 Email: maniol@lyontwp.org.