Matanuska-Susitna Borough

2020 Subdivision Construction Manual Rewrite

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Scope

PROGRESS STATUS UPDATE

2020 Subdivision Construction Manual Rewrite

January 20, 2020

In April of 2016, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly signed Resolution 17-003 supporting the rewrite of the 1991 Subdivision Construction Manual (SCM).  Department of Public Works and Planning staff then began work on a draft update. Once created, a group of subject matter experts was formed to review the document, consisting of local Land Surveyors, Civil Engineers, Developers, Homebuilders, Board Members and borough staff.  Their review meetings began in June of 2018.  They met 27 times over the next 18 months, with all but three meetings being full day meetings.  The 2020 Subdivision Construction Manual is the result of that effort.

Major changes to the document are:

  • Removed Sections on Subdivision Agreements and Inspection Fees (these are addressed elsewhere in code).
  • Removed Driveways from the SCM and created a new MSB Chapter 11.12 Driveways (Driveway Ordinance Project Page click here.
  • Changed the title of the Nonresidential Road Section to Major Road Corridors and added Frontage/Backage and Connector Street Standards.
  • Combined all of the Residential Street Design Criteria into one table for ease of use.
  • Increased Roadway width for Residential, Residential Subcollector and Residential Collector Roads for added safety.
  • Increased ADT from 6 daily trips to 10.
  • Major rewrite of the Drainage Section.
  • Added a Section on Easements.
  • All drawings updated and placed within the body of the manual rather than in an appendix. (finalization of drawings is underway and will be included in the document upon their completion.)

Upon completion of the final draft, the SCM Working group adopted their Resolution 20-01 with the following recommendations:

  • Assembly approval of the 2020 Subdivision Construction Manual
  • Assembly approval of an ordinance creating MSB 11.12 Driveways
  • Assembly consideration of a variety of other actions to address transportation issues in the valley.

A tentative schedule for completion of the project along with other supporting documents can be found in the "Project Docs" box on the right.

To view the Driveway Ordinance Draft project page, please click here.

For further information, please contact one of the project managers:

            Eileen Probasco          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

            Fred Wagner               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project Benefits

The benefits of updating the Subdivision Construction Manual are to have a more efficent and safe road system; the state and federal requirements and design guidelines for road construction have changed greatly since the manual was crafted and amended.  The advancements in engineering and technology over the past 25 years allow for a greater range of roadway and utility construction options that are not addressed in the 1991 manual.

Project Status

The Platting Board passed Resolution 2020-004 on February 20, 2020.

Contacts

For further information, please contact one of the project managers:

Eileen Probasco, Director         

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Fred Wagner, Platting Officer

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Project Docs

2020 Subdivision Construction Manual Draft (pdf 1021.67 KB)   |  1080 hits

1991 Subdivision Construction Manual (pdf 1.88 MB)   |  672 hits

MSB Assembly Resolution 17-003 (pdf 626.9 KB)   |  445 hits

Resolution 20-01 SCM Committee (pdf 484.71 KB)   |  146 hits

Resolution 2020-004 Platting Board (pdf 342.93 KB)   |  224 hits

2020 Meeting Dates for Adoption (pdf 26.35 KB)   |  172 hits

Driveway Ordinance Draft (pdf 543.02 KB)   |  113 hits