Agenda Item 8
Jeffrey L Zyontl,fe'nior Legislative Analyst
Expedited Bill 34-16, Streets and Roads - Design
Expedited Bill 34-16, Streets and Roads - Design, sponsored by Lead Sponsor Planning,
Housing and Economic Development Committee, was introduced on August 2. A Planning,
Housing and Economic Development Committee worksession was held on September 12.
Bill 34-16 would define certain terms in Chapter 49, establish a permit requirement for
closing a private road, clarify provisions for permanent structures approved in a site plan and
establish road design criteria. These changes proposed are initiated by revisions proposed in
Subdivision Regulation Amendment (SRA) 16-01 and provides better coordination with Planning
Closing Private Roads
SRA 16-01 would specifically allow private roads under certain circumstances. Private road
closures become a matter of public concern when the road provides the only means of access for
emergency vehicles or when the closure by one owner ofthe road denies access to other properties.
This is a current problem. As the potential for private roads increases, the need for a pennit to
close a private road increases. This a particular problem with urban roads.
Bill 34-16 would require a permit for the closure of any portion on the road. This would include
Staff recommends revising Bill
to require a permit submitted by the road owner (not any
person) for closure for all urban private roads (not any private road).
DPS recommends allowing a fee for such a permit to be established as a method 3 regulation.
Lane closures do not require an extensive temporary traffic control plan reviewed by the
Department of Transportation and the Bill should be revised to reflect that.