Hickory Grove traffic analysis gets a failing grade

The September 17 Planning Commission’s public hearing for the Hickory Grove MX/B-2 application ended in a 7-0 vote for a 30-day deferral. Numerous thorny issues are attached to this application, two of the largest being lack of an accurate traffic impact analysis (TIA) and the other, residents’ resistance to a commercial node.

Ten citizens spoke in opposition to the application, many citing existing heavy traffic on Rte 54 and the sprawl associated with a commercial component.

An accurate and rigorous TIA is necessary to calculate traffic numbers and road cash proffers. East Ashland, approved in 2010, has yet to be built, but would add a huge daily traffic number to the already under capacity Rte 54. Where is the planning foresight?

In a PowerPoint presentation, Bob Nelson presented his analysis in the public hearing. Download from here.

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