We, the city, have a dilemma. The city in which I plan is a smallish to mid-sized town, that has for the past few decades been built out. We primarily work with redevelopment, and not greenfield development.
However, we have annexed a large amount of acreage in recent years, of which the property owners are now beginning to come to us for development permits. This area is green and undisturbed.
So, the question is, is it better to force connectivity, while impacting a wetland or stream with oil and fluids that are emitted from cars, or to just build a bunch of cul-du-sacs to prevent wetland crossings altogether? Of course, there will be exceptions in many instances, but if it is a residential subdivision, connecting to another residential subdivision, where does the threshold of impact lie?
Our bigger problem is that we don't have strong environmental protection regulations, since it hasn't been an issue to date. What has caused our concern is that the cul-du-sac is greater than 500', which is against our regulation. The owner is arguing that they have to be, since they don't want to impact the wetland to connect to the other side, preventing the creation of a long cul-du-sac.