Transportation, including active transportation, is a vital consideration in land use planning. Development patterns that promote compact and complete communities and support efficient transportation and movement of goods can provide a basis for environmental, social and economic well-being. The County of Simcoe Transportation Master Plan sets out detailed guidelines for achieving a comprehensive and sustainable transportation system.
Provincial & County Policy
The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) and the County of Simcoe Official Plan Policies provide direction on specific issues. The Township Official Plan policies must conform to the PPS and County Official Plan, which set out the following policies:
Safety & Efficiency
Transportation systems should be provided which are safe, energy efficient, facilitate the movement of people and goods, and are appropriate to address projected needs.
Connectivity within and among transportation systems and modes should be maintained.
Transportation and land use considerations must be integrated at all stages of the planning process.
Local municipalities should designate areas of higher density or mixed land use within Official Plans, to reduce the length and number of vehicle trips and to support active transportation.
Local municipalities should develop a municipal Active Transportation Plan. Local municipalities are encouraged to develop Complete Streets Guidelines to incorporate into Official Plans.
Existing Policy & Legislation
Provincial Policy Statement 2014
Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017
County of Simcoe Official Plan, 2016
County of Simcoe Active Transportation Master Plan
#CycleON Ontario's Cycling Strategy
Current Township Policies
The current Official Plan provides policies for Transportation in Section D1. The Official Plan also contains policies for transportation in the Oro Centre Secondary Plan area in Section C17.4, and in the Craighurst Secondary Plan area in Section C18.7.
Access to roads are determined by which level of government has jurisdiction over the road and the function of the road (i.e. Provincial roads intended to carry high volumes of traffic, County roads intended to serve as regional connectors, and Township roads that collect traffic from local roads). Mapping in Schedule C of the Official Plan identifies aggregate haul routes.
The current Official Plan provides:
That right-of-way widths for Provincial and County roads is the responsibility of the Province or County. The minimum right-of-way for Township roads is generally 20 metres.
Oher types of roads, including private roads crossing private property, unopened road allowances, unassumed roads, and roads maintain for part of the year. Lots fronting these types of roads are subject to site plan control. Development on these lots is not permitted until the road is brought up to municipal standards and is maintained year-round.
That Traffic Impact Studies may be required for development in the vicinity of Provincial or County roads. A TIS will be required at the secondary plan stage and prior to draft approval of a subdivision.
That in the Oro Secondary Plan Area, it is a goal to establish a road system that provides accessibility and mobility to all modes.
That in the Craighurst Secondary Plan area, it is a goal to establish an integrated transportation system and establish a system of cycling and walking routes. Roads in the Craighurst community are classified as County road, collector road, or local road.
New and revised Official Plan policies will aim to balance the needs of pedestrians and cyclists with the efficient movement of goods, by providing a balanced multimodal network of facilities and promoting land use patterns which are transit-supportive.
What changes would you like to see?
Do you think the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, people with disabilities, older adults, and youth are being addressed adequately?
Should there be a policy for providing trails and sidewalks in settlement areas? Should there be a policy for providing cycling infrastructure and off-road multi-use paths? How should the Township support establishment of new trail linkages and an integrated active transportation network?
Do you think the current road classification system is sufficient to support different road functions, including the movement of goods and people? Should the Township consider development of a functional street hierarchy/ street classification (i.e. arterial roads, collector roads, local roads, laneways, roads maintained for part of the year, etc.)?
Should the Township consider policies requiring, as a condition of development, that sufficient lands must be conveyed to the township for minimum street right-of-way widths and for daylighting triangles?
Should the Township consider policies which require submission of Traffic Impact Studies as part of planning and development applications?
Please provide any other comments you may have for consideration in the development of new policies.