The rules, established by the Virginia Department of Transportation under the leadership of Gov. Tim Kaine, sparked a battle between suburban developers and land use advocates. The goal of the regulations is to reduce the number of cul-de-sacs in future developments, which will ease traffic congestion on main roads. The idea is to increase connectivity.
If subdivisions fail to comply, Virginia won’t provide maintenance and snowplow services, a big disincentive in a state where the government provides 83 percent of road services.
Virginia expects the new rules to relieve its strained infrastructure budget: through streets are more efficient and cheaper to maintain, and they take pressure off arterial roads that otherwise need to be widened. “It’s about connecting land-use and transportation planning and restricting wasteful and unplanned development,” Kaine said in March.
BizSense covered the issue earlier this year.