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VDOT Revises Subdivision Street Requirements
January 11, 2005
has revised its Subdivision Street Requirements, which set the criteria for
the 200 miles of roads per year accepted for VDOT's maintenance. Its
companion reference, the Subdivision Street Design Guide, was also amended.
These changes went into effect on January 1, and may have a dramatic impact
on current plans in the development pipeline.
Although the new requirements are now in effect, VDOT will continue to allow
construction plans with streets designed under the previous standards until
July1, 2005. Plans ”initially submitted” to VDOT after that date must meet
these new requirements. If you are currently involved in a zoning, you
should evaluate the changes caused by these new requirements now, and
possibly revise your planning documents.
Other changes to the Requirements include overlaying the entire roadway when
widening and existing road or adding a turn lane. VDOT will also charge an
“administrative cost recovery fee” to cover the cost of reviews and
inspections. Significant Design Guide changes include the expansion of the
right-of-way to provide a 3-foot clear zone, new site distance standards,
minimum utility strip sizes and 5-foot sidewalks.
For a summary of the New Subdivision Requirements click
For a summary of the New Subdivision Street Design Guide click
For the complete documents, please visit the VDOT web site at
you have any questions, feel free to give Mike Tucker a call at (703)
449-8100 or email him at