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Connect to Stub Streets

Development should connect to adjacent stub streets and maximize the street network.

Connected streets provide direct, continuous routes and multiple route options. This reduces response times for emergency vehicles and improves access and efficiency for transit, school buses, and service vehicles, including solid waste trucks and street sweepers. Creating a robust street system with multiple routes to neighborhood destinations is unquestionably a best planning practice. Dispersing the traffic of an entire area onto multiple collector and local streets makes every street in a neighborhood desirable, and none too overburdened.

Stub streets are closed-end streets that do not contribute to the critical connectivity described above. Stub streets are similar to cul-de-sacs except that they provide no turnaround circle at their closed end, and they are only acceptable as a temporary street condition. Planning staff will undertake additional revisions to the subdivision regulations to require signage at all stub streets to alert neighborhood residents that future roadway connections will be made, and how they may discuss the timing and impacts with staff.

Goals and Objectives

GOAL A3: Provide well-designed neighborhoods and communities.

Objective: A3b

Strive for positive and safe social interactions in neighborhoods, including, but not limited to, neighborhoods that are connected for pedestrians and various modes of transportation.

GOAL B2: Reduce Lexington-Fayette County’s carbon footprint.

There are no objectives related to this policy that further this particular goal.

GOAL D1: Work to achieve an effective and comprehensive transportation system.

Objective: D1a

Support the Complete Streets concept, prioritizing a pedestrian-first design that also accommodates the needs of bicycle, transit and other vehicles.

Objective: D1b

Develop a viable network of accessible transportation alternatives for residents and commuters, which may include the use of mass transit, bicycles, walkways, ridesharing, greenways and other strategies.

Objective: D1d

Improve traffic operation strategies.

GOAL D2: Support a model of development that focuses on people-first to provide accessible community facilities and services to meet the health, safety and quality of life needs of Lexington-Fayette County’s residents and visitors.

Objective: D2a

Encourage public safety and social sustainability by supporting Secured-by-Design concepts and other policies and programs for the built and natural environments of neighborhoods to help reduce opportunities for crimes.