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Connecting Individual Developments

Connecting Individual Developments

Connectivity can be instrumental in minimizing congestion and encouraging walking and bicycling for a local community. It can also help to achieve a sense of place and community for an area. Because land is usually developed in a piecemeal fashion and subject to economic change, it is important for local planners to be proactive in taking opportunities to connect developments to one another. Connecting individual developments can be challenging, and it should be considered during all parts of the planning and development review process. The following transportation planning strategies help to start and continue the dialogue for connecting developments:

Case studies that feature tools for assessing and mitigating impacts of new development include the following: