Lynchburg Region to Probe the Transportation/Land Use Connection

The Region 2000 Local Government Council will hold a regional planning forum later this month to examine how land use can affect transportation in Central Virginia. Says the News & Advance:

Campbell County Community Development Director Paul Harvey … pointed out how more rural areas along U.S. 29 are zoned as agricultural residential, while areas such as Madison Heights are zoned business.

As cars drove through the area, the speed limits decrease in the business-heavy sections to help the traffic flow and minimize accidents, Harvey said.

“Any time you look at an area with a traffic problem, it’s usually the result of a land-use decision or a series of land-use decisions over the years,” Harvey said.

“If you don’t get people to think about (land use and transportation) at the same time, you can have some unintended consequences.”

Even smaller metropolitan areas in Virginia experience localized congestion. Addressing underlying land use issues could make a significant improvement to the quality of life. Too bad that Virginia’s larger metro areas, where traffic congestion is far more acute, have yet to achieve the same level of understanding.

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One response to “Lynchburg Region to Probe the Transportation/Land Use Connection”

  1. Ray Hyde Avatar
    Ray Hyde

    I don’t understand your point. I’m not familiar with Madison Heights, but I’m guessing it is a strip on 29, from your description.

    Suppose you relocated it so it was off of 29. The business value of the location would drop, just as it does for other small towns that get “bypassed”.

    What are the other options? You could “prevent” the development or locate it someplace else. Someplace else might need a new road, and provide less business traffic. I fyou just “prevent” the development, then you have more agricultural residential (how’s that for an oxymoron?) where there is free flowing traffic, and also no reason to be there.

    It seems to me that the understanding we need to reach is that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, which is exactly what the larger metro areas have in abundance. That is why they are large, dense, and congested.

    The mere fact that smaller communities experience localized congestion suggests that there is a multivariate problem that balances mobility, access, business opportunities, congestion, price, and housing. Call that balancing land use and transportation if you like, but I suspectthere is much more to it.

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