The city council recently approved two amendments to the subdivision code.
The first change removed protection strips, allowing a developer to retain a one-foot holding strip against undeveloped property and later get reimbursed for road improvements along the property. In the past, protection strips have caused disputes between developers, land owners and the city, sometimes resulting in lawsuits.
This process is now functioning under a payback agreement and gives the city more control of the process.
The second change rewrites the language about when a second access road is required for subdivisions.
The phrase reads: "The city shall not approve more than 30 lots in a development or single phase without requiring the construction of a second access road that connects to an existing public street."