New Urban Land Development Standards

I have found great research and literature on New Urbanism as it relates to Architectural design and Planning. However we constantly run into problems actually making the sites work due to the fact that municipalities are trying to apply suburban construction standards to these dense mixed-use projects.

One of the most common problems we encounter involves finding the space for water meters and fire protection equipment while preserving the landscaping and aesthetics that are such a large part of New Urbanism. We also often encounter problems making short driveways (5' - 10') work without creating problems for vehicles with a low ground clearance.

Has anyone had similar experiences, and are there publications dealing with land development construction standards for urban/New Urban projects?

Todd McLeod
Civil Design, Inc.


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