I’ve been thinking with all the feedback about new plotting system.
@james, what if you made two different beacons.
One that is the current type for builds with the rules you want to have enforced.
And the second one for roads? Beacon type two can not be limited in distance but have a width confinement. Like 3 plots or something. Meaning it will have 0 prestige and not connect to settlements just like the rules want, but will allow road builders a way to make roads and have a 3 wide plot limit, but can go any distance?
The road beacon would have no reserve buffer to add.
Would this help?
Feedback from community is welcome.
Edit: you can also grandfather beacons to be road beacons if players want by button on beacons.