The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) were directed by Senate Bill 1462, approved during the 2011 session of the Virginia General Assembly, to review three existing land development regulations which are implemented by the agency and adopt revisions as appropriate.
These regulations are (i) Chapter 527 of the Acts of Assembly of 2006 and Chapter 563 of the Acts of Assembly of 2007 concerning traffic impact analysis, promulgated by VDOT as the Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) Regulations (24VAC30-155); (ii) Chapter 382 of the Acts of Assembly of 2007 concerning secondary street acceptance requirements, promulgated by the CTB as the Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements (SSARs) (24VAC 30-92) and (iii) Chapters 863 and 928 of the Acts of Assembly of 2007, as amended by Chapter 274 of the Acts of Assembly of 2008, concerning access management standards, promulgated by VDOT's Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner as Access Management Regulations: Principal Arterials (24VAC 30-72) and Access Management Regulations: Minor Arterials, Collectors, & Local Streets (24 VAC 30-73), to be amended only in so far as the access management regulations impact entrances to family subdivisions of land.
The language of Senate Bill 1462 exempts these revisions from the requirements of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.). VDOT and the CTB will also request additional public comments through the agency’s web site and via electronic and mailed letters to individuals who have previously submitted comments to VDOT related to these regulations. The CTB and VDOT plan to hold a public hearing on these regulations during the summer.