Access Management: A Developer’s Perspective


Three Examples from a Developer’s Perspective

  • A 15 acre +/- development that was ultimately denied as they could not secure reasonable access to accommodate the site traffic.
  • A redevelopment project that was ultimately approved though unable to meet any of the access management standards.
  • An approval to allow additional access to support an existing development and improve on-site circulation concerns


  • Don’t look in the driveway spacing standard tables to decide where access will be allowed.
  • Only request analysis for specific areas of concern. Do not include the kitchen sink. Apply the right tools
  • Allow for pre-application meeting
  • Establish a realistic and efficient process and timeline
  • Be aware of political realities
  • Understanding of the environment
  • Understanding of the gray area
  • Identify and provide reasonable solutions
  • An understanding that not all driveways are created equal
  • Deal with real safety concerns, not imagined
  • Work toward broad, long-term solutions, not an immediate gain provides little benefit
  • Accept incremental improvements to encourage and support infill and redevelopment within the urban areas

A successful access management program requires the ability to balance many simultaneous issues, concerns and interests.

Slide List:

1.            Access Management: A Developer’s Perspective

2.            What is the Presentation About?

3.            Can Access Management  Support Infill & Redevelopment -  & Livable Communities ?

4.            Site Constraints

5.            Three Examples from a Developer’s Perspective

6.            # 1 - Proposed Infill Development Existing Brownfield

7.            Proposed Infill – Location of Proposed Main Access

8.            Proposed Infill  Opportunities

9.            The Development Process from a Time & Cost Perspective

10.          Developer Viewpoint

11.          # 2 - Existing Commercial Site Located near Freeway Off-Ramp

12.          Numerous  Site Constraints Limited Access Opportunities

13.          Revised Access Solution

14.          Existing Easterly Access & Relationship  to Freeway Off-Ramp & City Street

15.          Existing Easterly Access Right-in/Right-out

16.          Proposed Easterly Access Right-in Only

17.          Existing Middle Access Right-in/Right-out

18.          Proposed Middle Access (Unchanged) Right-in/Right-out

19.          Existing Westerly Accesses, Including a 5 Legged Intersection

20.          Revised Driveway and  Reduced Number of Conflict Points

21.          Revised Driveway to Upper Deck Parking Field

22.          Developer Viewpoint

23.          # 3 - Existing Commercial Site & Need for Improved Access

24.          Why Not Build a New Site?

25.          RI/RO for Fuel Center and Main Access

26.          Prior Main Access (Signalized)

27.          Prior Main Access (Signalized)

28.          Approved Main Driveway and Signal Modification

29.          Southerly access – RI/RO

30.          Relocate Southerly Access to the North & Provide Median Opening

31.          Developer Viewpoint

32.          Success

33.          Success

34.          A successful access management program  requires the ability to  balance many simultaneous issues, concerns and interests.

  • Posted on: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 15:43
  • By: shroedermay
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