A reader sent me this link to the Gilford Minimum Road Standards , which I think lays out a good template for other towns, including our own. It is a fairly comprehensive policy, 16 pages long and begins with this introduction: ( bold is mine)
"These standards are established to encourage safe and efficient roads in Gilford while
promoting smooth traffic flow and optimum sight distances. They are designed to ensure wise
use of municipal revenues for road construction and maintenance and to provide suitable travel
for intracommunity and intertown commerce. They are intended to minimize conflict with
pedestrians and assist in maintaining quiet residential
neighborhoods consistent with Gilford’s rural character.
These standards shall apply to all new street and road construction as well as the upgrading of
private ways when same are proposed for acceptance as a public way by the Town. Any road(s)
accepted by the Selectmen shall meet or exceed the Gilford Minimum Road Standards in effect
at the time of Gilford subdivision approval. If the physical condition of the road(s) has
deteriorated before acceptance by the Town, the road(s) must be reconstructed to meet the
Gilford Minimum Road Standards in effect at the time of subdivision approval (added 10/3/74 by
Board of Selectmen)."
Enforceable and reasonable and I think addresses many of the concerns of the Town as well as citizens.