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.