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Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) passes revised Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements (SSAR)

The Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1462 during the 2011 session (Chapter 870) of the 2011 Acts of Assembly. Chapter 870 directs the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to develop revisions in several areas that will involve the design of future developments. On October 19, 2011 the Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board passed revisions to the Secondary Street Requirements (24 VAC 30-92).

The anticipated changes include:

1. Eliminate the Connectivity Index

2. Eliminate Area Types – On which Connectivity Index standards were based

3. Reduce median lots sizes for pedestrian accommodations and combines with Average Daily Trips – Largest lot size proposed: one-half acre and lowest ADT is 2,000

4. Require additional external connection(s) when network addition contains over 200 dwelling units or use generates over 2,000 VDP

5. Allow District Administrator’s Designee to waive or modify connectivity requirements when specific situations exist

6. Reduce VDOT cycle time for waivers and exceptions from 45 days to 30 days for connectivity exceptions and appeals for rezoning applicants

In addition to the Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements changes, there are proposed modifications the VDOT’s Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) and Access Management regulations which must be completed by November 30, 2011 to comply with Chapter 870 requirements.

The following link will take you to the proposed summary of changes in the regulations as published by VDOT.

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