This article discusses how communities can gauge the capacity of gravel roads to handle traffic and shows that most gravel roads can handle much less density of development than most rural township and county zoning ordinances allow.
About the Authors
Michele Fedorowicz, AICP
Mark Wyckoff, FAICP
Mark Wyckoff retired in February 2018 as a professor at Michigan State University where he served as Interim Director of the Land Policy Institute and Director of the Planning & Zoning Center. He was a community planner with 43 years of experience (including 24 years running a private sector consulting business) and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He continues to edit and publish the Michigan-specific monthly magazine, Planning & Zoning News, now in its 36th year. Mark is interested in regional economic development, place and placemaking, land use law, legacy cities, intergovernmental service delivery and consolidation, the transportation and land use connection, and the nexus between environmental protection and economic development. He conducted an average of nearly one training program a week for the last 35 years to large and small audiences on these and other topics. He helped the Michigan legislature consolidate laws related to local planning and zoning and advised on many draft state policies and legislation. Mr. Wyckoff is the author or co-author of nearly two dozen best practices guidebooks and training programs for local government officials and various stakeholder groups, and has published in journals of law, planning and real estate.