In my very small town, we have only the very occasional substantial subdivision application. My question is probably very basic for those of you who deal with subdivisions of large vacant parcels regularly. We are also a platted town from the late 1800s, so most of the vacant land is actually already platted and we encourage developers to stick to the platted grid.
Recently, an applicant has applied for a subdivision on some vacant land within the town limits. It is currently serviced by one steep, rarely-traveled road. The applicant proposes changing and expanding the road substantially and adding a new cul-de-sac. Therefore, our road network would be expanded.
Though I consider the development well done, politics will probably call the subdivision too dense (even though it conforms to our regs). I expect politicians will want any reason to deny. Is it possible to deny a subdivision application simply because the town doesn't want to deal with any new roads? As in, could the town say, "you can only develop on the existing road.." The subdivision application would also involve a retaining wall or two, something we have nowhere else in town. The town is somewhat concerned about liability and maintenance on this.
Thanks for your help on this certainly basic question.