PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations

Model Subdivision Regulations

This project was funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs through their EOEEA Planning Assistance Grant Program.

PVPC developed a Working Group consisting of the Planners/Engineers/ Public Works/Conservation/Public Health officials of the communities of Agawam, Belchertown, Easthampton, Ludlow, South Hadley and Ware. These communities were included because of the expertise and experience of their municipal staff, the historical rate of residential growth that they have experienced, and the age of their current Subdivision Regulations.


 

he purpose of the project was to develop Model Subdivision Regulations incorporating the most up-to-date design standards and best practices and incorporating the policies and design elements of Low Impact Development (LID), Complete Streets, Green Streets, Healthy Communities and Stormwater Management (EPA/DEP MS4 Permitting).

Most communities in the Pioneer Valley region have old and antiquated Subdivision Regulations, many adopted 20-30 years ago.  These old regulations do not take into consideration, and can be in conflict with, subsequent revisions to the state’s “Subdivision Control Law” which has revised some of the administration process.  They also don’t take into consideration, and do not result in, developments that are designed and function to provide for safe and convenient access for all users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, public transportation users, and delivery and emergency vehicle operators to all uses, features and facilities within the development, connections to existing and planned public ways, vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and connections to adjacent ways and properties.

These out-of-date regulations require, and result in:

  • the construction of over-designed roads which:
  • are unnecessarily wide
  • don’t necessarily reflect the actual number or types of vehicles utilizing them
  • result in the creation of more stormwater run-off, increased heat islands, and increased construction and maintenance costs.
  • Stormwater management systems that don’t adequately take into consideration:
  • the natural environmental characteristics of the site
  • the impacts on abutting properties and downstream flooding
  • the requirements of the new EPA/DEP MS4 permitting requirements
  • climate change which has changed the characteristics of extreme storm events and increased flooding that are not adequately addressed by the traditional stormwater management designs nor the old FEMA and National Flood Insurance programs
  • changes in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s rainfall maps
  • increasing frequency of 100-year storm events
The goal of this project was to develop Model Subdivision Regulations that included:
  • updated design and construction standards that meet the state-of-art and current best practices of the industry
  • administrative procedures and processes that are efficient and effective
  • design elements that reflect the growing awareness of the natural environment, people’s healthy lifestyles and hazard mitigation (i.e. Low Impact Development (LID), Complete Streets, Green Streets, Healthy Communities, climate change and stormwater management)
 
Please contact Ken Comia (kcomia@pvpc.org) if you have any further questions or comments regarding this project.

Documents: 

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations.pdf

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations
PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations funded by Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Model Subdivision Regulations

Table of Contents.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Table of Contents

Section 1.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 1
Section 1 - Authority and Purpose
Authority and Purpose

Section 2.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 2
Section 2 - Definitions
Definitions

Section 3.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 3
Section 3 - General
General

Section 4.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 4
Section 4 - Procedure for Submission and Review of Plans
Procedure for Submission and Review of Plans

Section 5.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 5
Section 5 - Design Standards
Design Standards

Section 6.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 6
Section 6 - Required Improvements for an Approved Subdivision
Required Improvements for an Approved Subdivision

Section 7.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 7
Section 7 - Administration
Administration

Section 8.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 8
Section 8 - Fees
Fees

Section 9.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 9
Section 9 - Appendix
Appendix

Section 10.docx

PVPC Model Subdivision Regulations - Section 10
Section 10 - Forms
Forms
Valley Vision 4: The Regional Land Use Plan for the Pioneer Valley

Associated Communities: 

Agawam
Belchertown
Easthampton
Ludlow
South Hadley
Ware

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