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    Sec. 35.1-43.25. Transportation.

    Sec. 35.1-43.25. Transportation.

    (a) A traffic study detailing impacts on the city’s road network and traffic circulation for the site shall be submitted. The traffic study shall be prepared by a firm qualified to conduct traffic engineering studies. The methodology for the required traffic study shall be approved by the city’s transportation engineer prior to commencement of the study. Technical guidelines for traffic studies may be obtained from the city’s transportation engineer.
     
    (b) The findings and recommendations for needed improvements as determined by the city’s transportation engineer shall be made by the developer. Needed improvements may include but are not limited to: Right and left turn lanes, sidewalks, new or modification of existing signals, trails or trail connections, sight distance improvements, street lighting, bus stops or transit pullout bays, access management techniques, and transportation systems management. Only those improvements where a clearly demonstrated nexus between the development and the need for the improvement exist shall be required.
     
    (c) Shared direct access and internal vehicle circulation:
     
    (1) All developments shall be designed to achieve direct and convenient vehicular access between adjacent commercial properties including outparcels, subject to the provisions of this ordinance.
     
    (2) The shared direct access and/or internal vehicular circulation provisions shall apply to all properties, including outparcels, owned or controlled by the owner of the development or that are the subject to a single site plan or plan of development.
     
    (3) In determining whether a site plan meets the requirements of this section, the city planner and the technical review committee shall consider the characteristics of the proposed development, the information in the traffic study prepared pursuant to this section, the existing uses on adjacent properties, and the foreseeable development of adjacent properties based on the existing uses, existing zoning designations, comprehensive plan designations, physical site factors and development patterns in the area, and may grant exemptions on the basis of the foregoing considerations.
     
    (4) The shared direct access provisions of this ordinance shall not be required to provide primary access to a public street for an adjacent commercial property not owned or controlled by the owner of the development or subject to a single site plan or plan of development that would not otherwise exist. An owner shall not be required to provide primary access through the shared direct access provisions to a public street to benefit an adjacent commercial property not owned or controlled by the owner of the development or subject to a single site plan or plan of development that would not otherwise exist.
     
    (5) An owner shall not be required to construct any improvements allowing shared direct access with adjacent commercial properties other than on property owned or controlled by the owner or subject to a single site plan or plan of development in order to meet this standard. An owner shall not be required to dedicate any property or property interest to the city to meet this standard.
     
    (6) In the event that an owner of adjacent commercial property will not consent to a design allowing shared direct access at the time of development, the development shall be designed and constructed to allow for the establishment of shared direct access with adjoining commercial properties in the future should the consent of the adjacent owner or owners become available.
     
    (d) Truck traffic shall be separated to the greatest extent possible from vehicular, pedestrian and bicyclist traffic.
     
    (e) Entrances to the site shall be designed to maximize pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular safety, maximize efficient traffic circulation and minimize the impact on adjacent neighborhoods.
     
    (f) Adequate stacking for vehicles shall be provided at the access points to and from parking areas.
     
    (g) Provisions for mass transit shall be made in the form of appropriately placed benches and shelters within the development or along public streets.
     
    (h) Pedestrian walkways shall be provided between all buildings and between buildings and parking areas and all out parcels. Walkways within parking areas shall be located in a manner to provide safe efficient movement of pedestrians. Walkways shall be located in a manner so that no parking space is further than one hundred twenty (120) feet from a walkway. Walkways and crosswalks shall be distinguishable from drive aisles.
     
    (i) All pedestrian walkways shall be designed to provide safe efficient access for people with disabilities. Ramps shall be provided between all walkways and all crosswalks.
     
     
    (j) Sidewalks shall be provided along the property frontage of all public streets. Connections between the sidewalk and internal walkways shall be provided. (Ord. No. O-09-102, 9-22-09)
     
    Last updated date: 10/21/2009 10:02:38 AM