Thursday, February 28, 2008

Avoiding Forseable Conflicts


Foreseeable conflicts between transportation needs and real estate development occur when government entities involved with planning matters fail to consider long term needs when they approve real estate projects so situated to significantly raise the costs of future transportation projects, with forseeability be greater for those involving technologies already in widespread use. Such situations include real estate development placed directly in the path of a new or improved roadway, and those placed close enough with a design that does not guard against increasing the costs of future transportation infrastructure construction, such as new structures placed alongside an existing retaining wall that would have to be shored up to replace the existing retaining wall.


  • Greater Mixed Use of Land via Cataloging existing corridors and right of ways, including adjacent properties.
  • Acknowledging Long Term Needs and Existing and Foreseeable Future Technologies
  • Ensuring that real estate development respect transportation corridor setbacks for maximizing its potential via not placing relatively expensive structures too close, hence minimizing/avoiding future conflicts, such as the demolition of apartments.
  • Leaving room to facilitate future transportation infrastructure construction with less disruption and lower cost, for instance leaving space to construct new slurry walls designed for decking over a roadway, along with some capacity addition, including better ramps and additional mainline lanes at traditional chock points for reducing congestion.
  • Long Term Planning with more evolutionary and modular Designs
  • Greater "bang for buck" with design consideration for future improvements consolidating and reducing costs per benifit.

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