Proposed Code Concepts - Vehicular connections and street layout
A modified grid network is preferred,
meaning that the number of dead-end streets shall be limited, but not prohibited.
Dead-end streets shall only be allowed when there is an exceptionalcircumstance
such as topography, wetlands, or existing developmentwhich prohibits a connection. The Director has authority to approve dead-end streets for safety, turning movements, intersection spacing or otherengineering standards.
If provided dead-end streets must be no longer than 400 feet inlength.
This provision does not vary from the existing code.
The design of dead-end turn-arounds must be approved by City engineer.
This provision is designed to encourage alternative turn-aroundswhich save space, reduce pavement costs and stormwater impacts.
Intersection spacing no less than 125 feet.
This provision matches theexisting code and is a safety feature. Intersections provided at less thanthis spacing can be a hazard.
Block length maximum 800 feet.
The City does not currently have a blocklength standard. Large blocks discourage pedestrian and vehicleconnectivity. Setting a maximum block length will promote greaterconnectivity.
Proposed Code Concepts - Pedestrian connections internal to a site
Mid-block connections required at 800-foot intervals or less.
Mid-blockconnections are pedestrian connections through the center of long blockswhich reduce trip distance. Applicants may exceed the block lengthstandard specified above, but if they do so they must provide a mid-blockconnection. Mid-block connections extend across streets adjacent to theconnection itself. A key concern for mid-block connections is pedestrian /vehicle conflicts. These must be safe, which means site distance andsignage must be provided at a minimum so motorists are warned thatpedestrians may be crossing the street.
Pedestrian connections required at all dead-ends.
Dead-end streetslimit pedestrian connectivity. Thus, staff proposes that connections beprovided at all dead-end streets, unless there is an exceptionalcircumstance which prohibits the connection (topography, critical area,existing development) or another pedestrian connection exists within 800feet going to the same location or land use.
Proposed Code Concepts - Pedestrian connections to adjacent uses
Pedestrian connections shall be provided to all adjacent uses.
Generally, pedestrian connections to adjacent uses shall be provided at800-foot intervals on the exterior boundary of the plat or PRD.
Connection to a higher-order street in lieu.
If a connection to a higher-order street bordering the subdivision or PRD will also provide a non-circuitous route to an adjacent use, a direct connection to the adjacentuse may not be required.