19th Avenue PLAT Study

Modern Suburban Pattern This development pattern became popular in the late 20th century and supports suburban development patterns that group large superblocks and single purpose pods into master planned communities physically separated from adjoining communities. Cul-de-sac, gated community designs foster a single entry/exit point to each subdivision. Employment, shopping, and entertainment are reached by automobile using wide arterial roads or expressways which are not conducive to bicycle and pedestrian use. Most commercial uses have individual access from a main arterial roadway and do not offer connections within a development. Figure 7 illustrates both modern suburban residential and commercial development. It shows a lack of connectivity within the local road network and physical separations from adjacent neighborhoods, which is typical with this development pattern. Safe access for non-motorized transportation modes are rarely considered.

Figure 7: Lakewood Ranch, Manatee County, FL a modern suburban residential and commercial development pattern. Source: Google Earth 2019 According to the study, “In modern suburban settings, higher priority in street design is given to motorists, given the sparser road network and greater need for travel by car. Vehicular design speed is typically faster. Pedestrians and cyclists areoften accommodatedonmulti-use trails, separated fromtraffic.”

Hillsborough County | 19 th Avenue PLAT Study | June 2020

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