WARRENTON — New subdivisions in Warrenton with 20 lots or more will now have to include parks for residents.
The City Commission conducted a final reading of an ordinance Tuesday night that adds new standards for subdivisions as well as new requirements for street width to the development code.
The changes will not affect projects in the works now, but will be required of future projects, according to city staff.
Developers looking to build subdivisions will need to devote at least 5 percent of a project area to parkland. Subdivision residents will be responsible for maintaining the parks.
The new street width requirements will apply to any new street construction, whether by private developers or the city. New local roads will now be required to have a curb-to-curb pavement width of 36 feet, an attempt, in part, to gradually widen the city’s narrow roads. Wider roads will allow cars to park on both sides of the street and ensure access for fire engines and other emergency vehicles.