Reducing Unnecessary Disturbance
As a general rule, reducing the amount of land disturbed during the construction of a project reduces the extent of visual impact.
Techniques that help reduce surface disturbance include:
- Colocating several projects within the same right-of-way.
- Placing underground utilities either along the edge or under the surface of an existing road.
- Placing several underground utilities within the same trench.
- Establishing limits of disturbance that reflect the minimum area required for construction.
- Consolidating development of a similar nature within a common structure.
- Planning projects so that they utilize existing infrastructure whenever possible.
- Maximizing slope when it is aesthetically and technically appropriate.
- Locating construction staging and administrative areas in less visually sensitive areas.
- Requiring restoration of disturbed areas no longer required after construction has been completed
Following are some examples of unnecessary disturbance and reduction of unnecessary disturbance: