1.1This standard offers a set of instructions for establishing the importance of adequate infrastructure as a necessary component of building site sustainability. 1.2Adequate infrastructure refers to the existence or availability of roads, transit, sidewalks, utilities, water infrastructure (including green infrastructure practices) and schools. 1.2.1The availability of adequate infrastructure is important from a growth management standpoint because sites cannot be sustainable if they are located in areas that do not have sufficient infrastructure. 1.2.2States have established adequate facilities ordinances to require a certain acceptable level of infrastructure provision that is necessary in order to approve new development. 1.3The calculus of adequate infrastructure includes an assessment of what infrastructure currently exists based on its capacity load (for utilities) or reach (sidewalks) and its limitation. Approval of building sites must be consistent with a jurisdictions schedule for providing capital improvements. 1.3.1The development community shall consider adequate infrastructure as a basic element of the viability of a site in order to ensure its sustainability. 1.4This standard includes general provisions for adequate infrastructure and does not purport to create a system that produces the same result in every community since there are many factors that impact the availability and provision of infrastructure. What is appropriate in rural areas may not be in suburban or urban communities. This standard outlines the base procedure for incorporating adequate infrastructure into green building and site development. 1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
This standard is needed to provide communities with a list of elements that are included as infrastructure so that each jurisdiction can better understand how to evaluate whether or not its development pattern is providing the general populace with an adequate level of capacity, i.e., infrastucture to support existing and new development in a fiscal and environmentally sustainable manner.
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