Revisions Needed for Consistency with Rural Additions Policy
Family Divisions -
No changes needed. VDOT
indicates family divisions are not required to comply with this provision.
Rural Divisions –
No changes needed. Each
lot in a rural division already has adequate frontage on an existing public road
and no road construction occurs with this subdivision.
Two Lot Subdivisions –
needed. Two lot roads are not eligible for VDOT maintenance and considered a
Subdivisions with Three to
Five Lots -
Eliminate current private road standard and require road to be constructed to
VDOT standards, the same as a subdivision with six or more lots. Staff
anticipates this would significantly increase the development costs for this
type of rural subdivision and could eliminate the subdivision potential in some
Subdivisions with Six or
More Lots –
Require all private roads to be constructed to VDOT standards.
standards can be allowed with VDOT concurrence. Otherwise, this road must be
constructed to the same standard as a public road and the need for a private
road would be limited to a desire to restrict access. Staff notes that
requiring these rural subdivision roads to be constructed to a non-mountainous
terrain VDOT standard would significantly increase the development costs for
this type of subdivision and potentially reduces the number of lots that might
be developed in many circumstances.
Apartment and townhouse
streets can continue to be private streets with perpendicular parking and
narrow aisles. For VDOT, these private streets are considered travel ways
rather than a street. If the street has no perpendicular parking and the
street functions similar to a public street, VDOT will consider it a private
street and it must be designed to VDOT standards.
Neighborhood Model private
streets must be designed to VDOT standards, but the County can use the same
modifications to the standards as allowed for public streets. Staff notes a
set of Neighborhood Model standards acceptable to VDOT has already been
developed. That said, staff anticipates that requiring all Neighborhood Model
streets to satisfy this standard could reduce the flexibility desired with
some projects. It is suspected that some Albemarle Place streets would not
comply with this requirement and some modification to the layout could be
required. At this time, it is not possible to estimate how this would impact
the viability of the development.
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