How does your community/regional/reviewing agency plan for and allow development review for areas in congested transportation corridors? Often reviewing agencies have particular Level of Service targets that determine when additional capacity (most often adding highway lanes) is required in order for the project to move forward.
The conflict comes when:
1) the costs and scale of the improvement to meet Level of Service or other operational targets far exceed the size of the development. Often this is a symptom of the ‘last one in pays’ issue with development.
2) The scale of the improvement is out of scale with the character of the area. While the development may work within the landscape or allow infill development, the highway improvements create situations that has a lot of negative externalities.
How has your reviewing agency addressed these problems? Please be as detailed/long-winded as you like!
- Do you allow partial payment for improvements?
- Do you allow TDM measures to be used? If so, how to do you quantify the benefits?
- Do you just allow the development to go forward?
- Do you make the development pay for other improvements somewhere else in the system?
Thank you for your insights!