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D.1.3.4 Pet Friendly


Establish a pet-friendly culture in the downtown.


When we welcome pets, we welcome their humans too. Pets can bring positive energy and encourage social connections on our Main Streets. Pet friendly accommodations and policies encourage foot traffic and increase support for businesses.  

  • Conduct a pet friendliness audit and hold community outreach events to understand existing conditions downtown. This process can be used to come up with opportunities for improvement. 
  • Share results of this audit, as well as any resulting goals and objectives, with developers, property owners and businesses. 
  • Install multiple pet waste stations along sidewalks, near or in public green spaces, and locations near pet-friendly residential complexes.
  • Install dedicated pet amenities such as a dog park and water fountains.
  • Provide businesses resources to help them understand the role of service animals and may provide treats and/or water bowls.
  • Develop, fund and implement a plan to properly maintain and advertise these amenities in the district.

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