Cul de sacs and limited accesses to subdivisions on the edges of town may be a deterrent to future growth in Union.
That is according to Alderman Dustin Bailey who asked why many developments include closed off streets instead of roads that could potentially connect to future developments.
At Monday’s board of aldermen meeting, Bailey asked that city leaders “begin the discussion” on more access to developments.
“We’re reaching the end of the city limits and stopping instead of giving access to future developments,” he said.
Bailey raised the question while reviewing the Stoneridge Estates plat that includes cul de sacs. The development is located near the north edge of the city limits in the area of CC Camp Road and Highway A.
He added that two major developments near the city limits to the east, Birch Creek and St. Andrews, also only have one access.
“There are a lot of houses and population (in Birch Creek) with one road that dead ends,” Bailey explained.
In addition to future growth, he further added, emergency situations also call for more than one access point into a subdivision.
“Those are two reasons to have multiple access points out of subdivisions,” he said.
City Engineer Jonathan Zimmermann noted that city code requires either a cul de sac during development, or provide easements on driveways as turnaround points.
This isn’t the first time that officials have talked about requiring more access points to a subdivision.
In April, Mayor Mike Livnengood suggested the city look into large subdivisions to have more than one access road.
He offered St. Andrews subdivision as an example of a large concentration of homes with only one road that is both the entrance and exit.
The only access road to St. Andrews subdivision is St. Andrews Drive. There are about 386 lots plotted, but less than about 220 homes built in St. Andrews.
Livengood said in April that the city has right of way on the southwest side of the subdivision where it could add an access road to the west.
He added that he is not proposing the addition of the entrance now, but that city officials should begin discussing the issue.
In April, Livengood explained that new regulations could be based on the number of homes in a subdivision, as well as the number of proposed homes.
According to Zimmermann, the city has codes that address multiple entrances in subdivisions.
Several years ago there was a flash flood that went over the entrance of St. Andrews which caused some safety concerns.
The tributary that runs through that area is small, and could only cause flash floods.
Union Fire Chief Russ Hamilton has said his department recommends two ways in and out of every subdivision.
He added that emergency crews can prepare for street construction, but other situations are when issues arise.