Effective local access management requires planning as well as regulatory solutions. Communities should establish a policy framework that supports access management in the local comprehensive plan, prepare corridor or access management plans for specific problem areas, and encourage good site planning techniques. Land development and subdivision regulations should be amended accordingly and communities may also consider a separate access management ordinance. Access management programs should address commercial development along thoroughfares, as well as flag lots, residential strips, and other issues related to the division and subdivision of land. Comprehensive and subarea plans provide the rationale for access management programs and can serve as the legal basis for public policy decisions. Communities are increasingly concerned about the effects of development on service costs, community character, and overall quality of life. Yet conventional regulatory practice has played a role in perpetuating land development problems. Nowhere is this more apparent than the cycle of functional obsolescence created by strip commercial development along major arterials. Th
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