Site Plan Traffic Impacts

Summary of Request

As the city builds out, there are fewer undeveloped sites available. This, combined with the fact that some of the buildings in the city’s older developments are nearing the end of their functional life span, means that there is increased interest in redeveloping existing sites. Many times this redevelopment takes the form of a new use that has the potential to generate more traffic than the pre-existing use. In some cases, these developments may increase traffic to the point where the level of service of the surrounding roads is decreased.

The best way to determine the impact of a development on the surrounding roads is to conduct a traffic study; however, the city’s site plan application requirements and review standards do not require applicant’s to provide a traffic study. Staff is proposing amending this section of the City Code to require the inclusion of traffic studies with site plan applications when requested by staff and to add maintaining an acceptable road system level of service to the evaluation standards. This change would ensure staff can obtain sufficient information to evaluate the impact of proposed developments on the city’s road system and that the City Council can act to protect the public interest in situations where a proposal will unacceptably degrade the road system’s level of service.

Issue Paper

The following section of the Chanhassen City Code is subject to changes:

  • Chapter 20 - Zoning

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Schedule

Date Meeting Type Action
November 19, 2019 Planning Commission Public Hearing Approved
December 9, 2019 City Council Approved