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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation and Motor Vehicles
Agency 30. Department of Transportation
Chapter 91. Subdivision Street Requirements
4/4/2020

24VAC30-91-60. Administrative Procedure.

A. Conceptual subdivision sketch. Prior to preparing detailed construction plans for review, the resident engineer shall be provided a preliminary plan of the entire development, prepared by the developer, that shows sufficient information for VDOT to review and concur with the functional classification proposed for each street in the subdivision. Any preliminary or conceptual plat, plan or sketch that conforms to the locality's zoning requirements or subdivision ordinance is acceptable if the required information is shown. The submittal should include:

1. The general location and configuration, including the terminus, of each street, including the traffic volume anticipated when the land served is fully developed in accordance with the land uses anticipated.

2. The location and area of each type of permitted land use within the subdivision.

3. The location of any proposed transportation facility, within the subdivision's boundaries, included in the comprehensive plan of the governing body.

4. The proposed functional classification for each street in the subdivision.

5. Other available information pertinent to the intended development of the subdivision, including but not limited to any proposed phased development of streets pursuant to 24VAC30-91-70 (Phased development of subdivision streets).

The resident engineer will review the layout and functional classification of streets shown in the concept plan and notify the appropriate county official in writing, as well as the developer, if applicable, of his concurrence or recommendations. Approval of the conceptual plan or subdivision sketch shall be considered concurrence only in the functional classifications and layout of the streets and is deemed to satisfy any requirement for notification to the county official. This approval or concurrence will be valid as long as the basic concept for the subdivision's development, as submitted for review, remains unchanged.

B. Plan submission. Plats or plans, or both, together with other pertinent data as herein prescribed, shall be submitted to appropriate officials in the local government and to the responsible resident engineer in accordance with the practices of the local government for all proposed subdivisions whose streets are intended to be added to the secondary system of state highways maintained by the department. The resident engineer may, subject to the availability of staff and upon the request of a county, cooperate in the review of proposed subdivisions to be developed to these standards but not initially intended for addition to the secondary system of state highways maintained by the department. VDOT may recover the costs for this service in accordance with 24VAC30-91-140 (Surety and fees).

C. Plan review. Upon receipt of the plats or plans, or both, the resident engineer will arrange for the appropriate review to determine compliance with all applicable requirements. The general procedure for this review is described in 24VAC30-91-150 (Subdivision street development, plan review, and acceptance).

D. Plan approval. The resident engineer will advise the appropriate county official and the developer, if applicable, as to the results of the review.

1. If the street development proposed by the plats or plans, or both, is determined to be in compliance with these requirements, the resident engineer will provide written confirmation of this finding. This action signifies the resident engineer's approval of the street design shown on the plats or plans, as submitted. Any subsequent revision, additions, or deletions thereto shall require specific written approval of the resident engineer for each such change.

2. If a revision of the submitted plats or plans is determined necessary, the resident engineer will list the required changes in a written response to the county official and the developer, if applicable. Upon completion of the specified revisions, the plats or plans will be resubmitted for review and approval by the resident engineer as prescribed in 24VAC30-91-150 (Subdivision street development, plan review, and acceptance).

The department's approval of a subdivision street construction plan shall constitute its commitment to accept the streets depicted thereon when all applicable provisions of these requirements are satisfied and the streets have been constructed according to the approved construction plan and supporting specifications. However, during VDOT's inspection of construction, if a situation is discovered that was not addressed on the approved plan that could, in the opinion of the resident engineer, adversely affect public safety or the integrity of either the roadway or the adjacent property, acceptance of the street shall be deferred until the situation is corrected.

The department's approval of a subdivision street construction plan shall expire after a period of three years if construction has not commenced, in which case the subdivision street construction plan shall be resubmitted for subsequent review and approval. This shall not affect the adequacy of the approved concept plan as depicted on a recorded final plat, as provided for under § 15.2-2241 of the Code of Virginia.

E. Street acceptance. Upon the satisfactory completion of construction of the subdivision street, the department will advise the local governing body regarding the street's readiness for acceptance and the governing body, in consultation with the resident engineer, will initiate its acceptance into the secondary system of state highways maintained by the department provided:

1. The developer dedicates the prescribed right-of-way to public use.

2. The street has been constructed in accordance with the applicable specifications, standards and the plats or plans approved by the department.

3. The street renders a public service as prescribed in 24VAC30-91-50 (Service requirements) or as may otherwise be approved under those provisions.

4. The street has been properly maintained since its completion.

5. The developer furnishes the surety and fees in accordance with 24VAC30-91-140 (Surety and fees).

6. The governing body has executed all agreements prescribed by these requirements, unless specifically waived on an individual case basis by the appropriate Central Office Division Administrator, or other designee appointed by the commissioner.

7. The governing body, by proper resolution, requests the department to accept the street or streets for maintenance as part of the secondary system of state highways under its jurisdiction. The resolution shall include the governing body's guarantee of an unrestricted and unencumbered right-of-way as dedicated, plus any necessary easements for fills, drainage, or sight distance.

Upon the department's determination that the requested addition is in compliance with the applicable provisions of these requirements, the governing body will be officially advised of the street's acceptance into the secondary system of state highways and the effective date of such action. This notification serves as the resident engineer's authority to begin maintenance thereon.

Statutory Authority

§§ 33.2-210, 33.2-241, 33.2-326, and 33.2-705 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 21, Issue 06, eff. January 1, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 16, eff. May 11, 2011.

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