Built Environment

STAR category: Built Environment

The built environment refers to any of the human-made features that surround us, including houses, buildings, parks and streets. Fayetteville strives to prioritize livability, walkability and affordability throughout the built environment. Our physical systems effect many aspects of our lives including availability of healthy food, ease of traveling to work or school and access to parks and other pleasant green spaces. Fayetteville works to build the safest, most affordable and healthiest build environment possible. 

2019 Built Environment Report Card

Built Environment Report Card 2019

Current City Projects

Active Transportation Plan

The Active Transportation Plan (ATP) endeavors to develop and promote an interconnected and universally accessible network of sidewalks, trails and on-street bicycle facilities that encourage citizens to use active/non-motorized modes of transportation to safely and efficiently reach any destination. Projections and plans in the ATP will enable 97% of Fayetteville residents to live within a half mile of a trail by 2040.

Read the entire Active Transportation Plan or download a brochure to learn how you can get started with Active Transportation! 

Tactical Urbanism

Tactical Urbanism is a set of ideas, methods and tools which help city governments and community groups work to build safer, happier and more connected neighborhoods. These goals are achieved by installing short-term, low-cost pilot projects to test out long-term, permanent improvements to the built environment. The City of Fayetteville is working to integrate some of the techniques and methods of Tactical Urbanism into our planning and development processes.

Trails and Greenways

Fayetteville is known for our well-built, beautiful and beloved trail network. The City is proud to be home to an expert crew of designers, engineers and construction staff that have become experts in designing and building unique, cost-efficient trails at a rapid pace. Our trails and greenways are a vital part of what makes Fayetteville a great place to live. 

Learn more about our Trail Construction Programs or see maps and schedules for future programs.

Drinking Water Quality Monitoring

The Water and Sewer departments work to make sure that Fayetteville residents have the cleanest drinking water possible. View EPA reports on Fayetteville's water quality.

You can learn more about the important work our Water and Sewer employees perform, such as back-flow prevention and leak checks.

Community Resources

Ozark Regional Transit

Ozark Regional Transit, Inc. is dedicated to providing safe, reliable and affordable public transportation to both the rural and urban residents of a four county area, including Washington County. Bicycle commuters are encouraged to utilize ORT as part of their commute. Bikes can be loaded on to the front side of ORT busses.

Razorback Transit

Razorback Transit provides fare free transportation to on-campus locations and major off-campus living and shopping areas. Check out the Razorback Transit website for more information about seasonal and daily route schedules. Bikes can be loaded onto Razorback Transit buses.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The City of Fayetteville now has has eight EV charging stations. The City recently installed a Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station near Fayetteville’s Historic Downtown Square in the recently upgraded parking located at the northeast corner of W. Mountain St. and N. Church Ave. The charging station was generously donated by Ozarks Electric Cooperative and the City of Fayetteville paid for installation. A level 2 charging station will generally charge a fully depleted EV (electric vehicle) battery in about 6 - 8 hours. Payment for parking is required Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Upstream Art Program

The purpose of UpStream Art is to draw attention to the usually discreet concrete and iron infrastructure with the hope that observers stop and think about where the water flows after it enters a storm drain. If residents understand that stormwater flows untreated to creeks, streams, rivers and lakes, then they will be more conscious of potential pollutants that can enter those waterways. This project, along with the involvement of our vibrant art community, is unique and has a positive impact on water quality protection.