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Corridor managment 101

  1. 1. Ontario East Municipal Conference“Highway Corridor Management 101” Corridor Management and Property Section Ministry of Transportation Friday September 14, 2012
  2. 2. Welcome Tony Di FabioSenior Planner and Policy AdvisorCorridor Management and Property SectionCorridor Management & Property Section 2
  3. 3. Contents Highway Corridor Management Introduction Relevant Legislation Corridor Management Organization Land Development/Municipal Land Use Planning MTO Corridor Management Permits Corridor Management Public Service Commitments Current Issues Contact InformationCorridor Management & Property Section 3
  4. 4. Corridor Management Corridor Management is about the ministry “managing the Highway corridor”Corridor Management & Property Section 4
  5. 5. Why does the ministry manage the highway corridor ?  Ensure the safety of the travelling public  Ensure the operating efficiency of public highways  Protect the highway corridor for future expansion Corridor Management & Property Section 5
  6. 6. How does the ministry manage the highway corridor ?  Issue corridor management permits  Review land development applications  Review utility relocations and standalone utility requests on highway ROWCorridor Management & Property Section 6
  7. 7. Relevant Legislation Public Transportation Highway Improvement Act (PTHIA)  Legislation that gives MTO permit control authority – Section 34 (King’s Highway), Section 38 (Controlled Access Highways) Planning Act  Controls land use planning in Ontario and is administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH is the “approval authority”). Under this act, MTO is a commenting agency only on land development applications, we only make recommendations to the approval authority Public Service Works on Highway Act  Legislation that gives MTO relocation authority for certain utilities and may be used for cost sharingCorridor Management & Property Section 7
  8. 8. Corridor Management Organization Head Office Northeast NorthwestCentral Region West Region East Region Region Region Port Hope Area North Bay Area Thunder Bay Area Bancroft Area Office Sudbury Area Office Kenora Area Office Office Office Office New Liskeard Area Cochrane Area Kingston Ottawa Area Office Office Office Sault Ste. Marie Huntsville Area Area Office Office Corridor Management & Property Section 8
  9. 9. Corridor Management – Head Office Provides overall guidance, leadership, support and direction to regional corridor management offices across the province, as well, external stakeholders and the public Responsibilities include:  Policy development and support  Custodian of electronic permitting system  Annual highway ROW lease agreements  Land use planning  Stakeholder consultation  Training  Committees and task groupsCorridor Management & Property Section 9
  10. 10. Corridor Management – Regional Offices Manage respective highway corridors Responsibilities include:  Issue permits – Includes the administration of permits such as permit fee collection  Review development applications – Developers, municipalities, utility companies and the general public. Examples of applications are subdivisions, site plans, zoning amendments and severances  Enforcement – Address violations of policies (e.g. sign infractions)Corridor Management & Property Section 10
  11. 11. Internal Stakeholders TRAFFIC DRAINAGE AND HYDROLOGY HIGHWAY ENGINEERING - Geometrics/Signalization/Illumination - Stormwater Management Reports - Traffic Impact Studies - Future highway expansion - Grading Plans - Pavement Markings/Detours /property requirements - Traffic Control Plans - Geotmetric comments - OPS Standards & SpecificationsSURVEYS AND PLANS- Property Limits STRUCTURAL- Property Requests/Designations - Maintenance of Structures - Tender documentsPROPERTY - Design approval Corridor- Property issues/Ownership- Designations/Easements Management GEOTECHNICAL/FOUNDATIONS - Pavement structure LEGAL SERVICES - Shoulder design - Tunnel construction - Legal Agreements/ Legal Advice - Slope stability - Road/Entrance closures - Material properties - Briefing Notes/ Minister Letters ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION - Signalization/Illumination design - Tender/Construction package - Glare/Light control - Pre-construction meetings - Maintenance - OPS Standards and Specific. - City/Regional negotiations Corridor Management & Property Section 11
  13. 13. Welcome Heather DoyleSenior Planner and Policy AdvisorCorridor Management and Property SectionCorridor Management & Property Section 13
  14. 14. MTO Interest inMunicipal Land Use Planning Corridor Management & Property Section 14
  15. 15. Ministry’s Interest in the Municipal PlanningWhy is MTO Involved? To accommodate development adjacent to the provincial highway system while minimizing the impact on highway operations and expansion Provincial transportation facilities and municipal land use planning are inextricably linked; transportation facilities affect municipal planning and vice versa. Corridor Management & Property Section 15
  16. 16. Ministry’s Interest in the Municipal Planning  To protect land in the corridor for future highway expansion  To minimize relocation and reconstruction costs of utilities, entrances, municipal roads, buildings Corridor Management & Property Section 16
  17. 17. Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) –Corridor Protection Policies All planning authorities shall be consistent with the PPS:  Planning authorities shall plan and protect corridors and rights-of-ways  for transportation, transit and infrastructure facilities to meet current and projected needs  Planning authorities shall not permit development in planned corridors that could preclude or negatively affect the use of the corridor for the purpose(s) for which it was identified. Corridor Management & Property Section 17
  18. 18. Two Sets of Legislation MTO reviews proposed land use developments and municipal planning documents under two sets of legislation:  The Planning Act  The Public Transportation & Highway Improvement Act (PTHIA) Corridor Management & Property Section 18
  19. 19. The Planning Act – MTO InterestUnder the Planning Act:  MTO reviews site specific development applications adjacent to our highways submitted to us from municipalities or MMAH.  MTO also reviews municipal planning documents such as Official Plans and zoning by-laws to ensure that policies/regulations are compatible with MTO interests. Corridor Management & Property Section 19
  20. 20. The Public Transportation and Highway ImprovementAct (PTHIA) - MTO Interest The Act  Establishes an area of permit control (Sections 34 and 38 of the (PTHIA); an area where there is a need for municipalities to consult on proposed developments adjacent to and within the area of permit control of a provincial highway.  Provides for the designation of a highway (by Order-in- Council)  Controls development adjacent to a designated highway corridor Corridor Management & Property Section 20
  21. 21. The Public Transportation and Highway ImprovementAct What does designating a highway by OIC allow the Ministry to do?  Notifies the public of ministry’s plans for a new highway  Protects highway corridor by establishing an area of permit control which comes into effect with the designation  Allows MTO to protect land for future options and future highway purposes Corridor Management & Property Section 21
  22. 22. The Public Transportation and Highway ImprovementAct (PTHIA)  Almost all site specific development applications circulated to MTO from a municipality would be reviewed under the PTHIA.  MTO will identify our requirements under PTHIA and identify the required MTO permits. Corridor Management & Property Section 22
  23. 23. Two Review Processes MTO reviews development proposals and municipal planning documents under two review process:  One Window (OW) Provincial Planning Service; and  Municipal Plan Review (MPR)Corridor Management & Property Section 23
  24. 24. One-Window Planning Provincial Service (OW)Where MMAH is the Approval Authority Under the Planning Act, Council adopted Official Plans must be circulated by MMAH to interested partner Ministries for their review and comment All partner ministries including MTO review these applications under the One Window Planning Service Most of MTO planning review is coordinated through the One Window Provincial Planning Service Corridor Management & Property Section 24
  25. 25. One-Window Provincial Planning Service (OW)  MTO reviews municipal official plans to ensure local policies in the plans do not conflict with MTO mandate, highway planning studies and policy direction as it relates to land use planning Corridor Management & Property Section 25
  26. 26. Municipal Plan Review (MPR)Where Municipal Council is theApproval Authority Applies to Municipal Official Plans and local development proposals where there is an upper tier approval (i.e. County, Region); MMAH is not involved No official legislative process for municipalities to consult with MTO however municipalities do need to consult with MTO under the PTHIA for developments located within our area of permit controlCorridor Management & Property Section 26
  27. 27. Municipal Plan Review (MPR)  Most municipalities are aware of MTO need to be involved in all developments located adjacent to a provincial highway and within our area of permit control  In most cases, MTO and municipalities have long standing working relationships to ensure MTO is involved within our area of permit controlCorridor Management & Property Section 27
  28. 28. Challenges for MTO How to ensure municipalities engage MTO in all development proposals located within our area permit control early in the process How to ensure that MTO has an opportunity to review MPR official plans in the early stages to ensure that MTO concerns are incorporated in these documents How to ensure municipalities have effective planning tools to understanding MTO mandate in municipal planning Corridor Management & Property Section 28
  29. 29. How MTO Addresses ChallengesMTO seeks opportunities for early intervention and involvement in the municipal planning process to address any issues including:  Involved in an Official Plan process before Council adopts the Plan  Involving MTO when developing any plans along Provincial highways and/or within our area permit control (i.e. Secondary Plans or site specific developments )  Creating opportunities to speak to municipal staff and proponents about our OP Guideline and how policies can be incorporated into local Official Plans Corridor Management & Property Section 29
  30. 30. How MTO Addresses ChallengesMunicipalities and MTO can jointly:  Plan for current and projected needs  Utilize mechanisms to protect the inter-regional function of existing corridors from direct and adjacent points of access to the highway  Protect existing and planned provincial corridors from new points of access to ensure the long term sustainability of provincial corridors Corridor Management & Property Section 30
  31. 31. #1. High volume commercial entrances are too close to interchange ramps. #2. Low volume commercial entrances are too close to interchange ramps. Impacts of # 1, 2, & 3: • Traffic backs up along highway exit ramps. • Difficult for traffic exiting highway to make left turns onto municipal roads. • Conflict between highway traffic entering municipal road and municipal road traffic exiting to commercial development. • Through traffic delayed #3. At-grade intersections of by turning vehicles. municipal roads are too close • Left turns increase to interchange ramp collision potential. Distance Offset from Highway Interchange to Crossing Road Intersections and EntrancesCorridor Management & Property Section 31
  32. 32. How MTO Addresses Challenges Provide input to major phases/decision points in the development of the draft official plan; Identify and resolve MTO issues, at each stage of the process (or identify points where MTO and Municipality “agree to disagree”) Develop tools to assist municipalities in understanding Ministry interests in municipal official plans and adjacent development Corridor Management & Property Section 32
  33. 33. MTO Tools for MunicipalitiesMTO has developed three Guidelines:  Ministry of Transportation Guidelines for Municipal Official Plan Preparation and Review; and  MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision Review Process; and  Transit-Supportive GuidelinesCorridor Management & Property Section 33
  34. 34. Official Plan Guideline - HighlightsTransportation Planning Policies and Guidelines:  Provincial Policy Statement (PPS)  Sections 1.6.5 and 1.6.6 of the PPS relate specifically to transportation and infrastructure policies.  Transit Supportive Guideline (Implementation Jan. 2012)  HOV networks  A Guide to Preparing a Transit Ridership Growth Plan  Ontario Bikeways Planning and Design GuidelineSpecific Policies and Standards for Impacts on the ProvincialTransportation System:  Policies and Provisions to address local Growth and development adjacent to and in vicinity of a Provincial highway  General Official Plan Mapping Provisions  MTO Permit Control Area under PTHIA Corridor Management & Property Section 34
  35. 35. Official Plan Guideline- Highlights Highway Geometrics Proposed Access Connections onto a Provincial Highway Access connections along Municipal Crossroads in the Vicinity of a Provincial Highway Intersection or Interchange Ramp Terminal Lot Design of Proposed Subdivision abutting a Provincial Highway Outdoor Storage on Properties abutting Provincial HighwaysCorridor Management & Property Section 35
  36. 36. Official Plan Guideline -Highlights Home Occupations, Industries and Businesses Located Adjacent to provincial Highways Access to Properties beyond MTO’s Permit Control Area Stormwater Management Trail Crossings Wayside Pits and Quarries, Portable Asphalt and Concrete Plants MTO Patrol Yards Wind Farms MTO Owned LandsCorridor Management & Property Section 36
  37. 37. Official Plan should NOT include Proposed interchange locations or proposed highways not approved (or opposed) by the MTO Geometric details of provincial highways/interchanges such as #of lanes, widths of lanes Commitments that bind the province, such as future highway studies/projectsCorridor Management & Property Section 37
  38. 38. MTO Guideline for Plan of SubdivisionReview Process Revised Guideline implemented in February 2012 It sets out the MTO review process and requirements for all subdivisions Outlines the obligations of both MTO and proponents of development Corridor Management & Property Section 38
  39. 39. MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision ReviewProcess Introduction of Pre-consultation Meeting with MTO  MTO encourages proponents to attend a pre-consultation meeting with MTO staff  MTO suggests receiving the plans two weeks before the meeting to provide valuable feedback at meeting  Provides proponents with what can be expected from MTO  Opportunity to discuss other applicable matters such required studies and financial responsibilities Corridor Management & Property Section 39
  40. 40. MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision Review Process Possible Requirements of MTO  Whether the proposed development impacts upon future plans of the MTO – the status of the planning study would be outlined  Whether direct access to highway will be permitted  Whether the proposed street entrances meet MTO spacing requirements  Provide a list of conditions of draft approval (i.e. drainage plans, traffic impact study, 0.3 m reserve, widening requirements)  Provide building setbacks from highway property line  Contact information for MTO permits Corridor Management & Property Section 40
  41. 41. In SummaryKey Messages Engage MTO early in your planning initiatives Encourage municipalities to consult with MTO on all development proposals located within MTO area of permit control Work together to protect existing and planned provincial corridors from new points of access to ensure the long term sustainability of provincial corridorsCorridor Management & Property Section 41
  42. 42. What is Permit Control ?  The legal limit that the ministry can regulate buildings, structures, roads, entrances and the placement of signsCorridor Management & Property Section 42
  43. 43. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (1958)Corridor Management & Property Section 43
  44. 44. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (2012)Corridor Management & Property Section 44
  45. 45. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Toronto Pearson International (2006)Corridor Management & Property Section 45
  46. 46. Types of Corridor Management Permits  Building and Land Use  Encroachment  Entrance  SignCorridor Management & Property Section 46
  47. 47. Building and Land Use Permit Building and land use is defined as a building, structure or fence adjacent to a provincial highway within permit controlCorridor Management & Property Section 47
  48. 48. Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled AreaControlled-Access HighwayCorridor Management & Property Section 48
  49. 49. Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled AreaKing’s HighwayCorridor Management & Property Section 49
  50. 50. Building and Land Use Permit - Objective To maintain the highest flow of highway traffic with the highest degree of safety To reduce the likelihood that future changes in the highway right-of-way will make it necessary to relocate buildings (e.g. proper setbacks, mitigate drainage/traffic impacts, etc.) Reduce expense and inconvenience to the property owner and the publicCorridor Management & Property Section 50
  51. 51. Building and Land Use Permit - ResidentialCorridor Management & Property Section 51
  52. 52. Building and Land Use Permit - CommercialCorridor Management & Property Section 52
  53. 53. Building and Land Use Permit – Large Generator Yorkdale 4 0 1Corridor Management & Property Section 53
  54. 54. Encroachment Permit An encroachment is defined as works or other installations that are placed upon, under, or over which in any way interferes with, or infringes upon the right-of-way of a highwayCorridor Management & Property Section 54
  55. 55. Encroachment Permit - Controlled Area  Highway Right-of-Way ROWCorridor Management & Property Section 55
  56. 56. Encroachment Permit - Objective Reduce liability on highway right-of-way Ensure safety of travelling public Reduce the likelihood that works may interfere with a highway or create a maintenance problem Ensure all works are satisfactory to MTO and all costs are borne by the encroaching partyCorridor Management & Property Section 56
  57. 57. Encroachment Permit - UtilitiesCorridor Management & Property Section 57
  58. 58. Encroachment Permit - MunicipalCorridor Management & Property Section 58
  59. 59. Encroachment Permit - SignsCorridor Management & Property Section 59
  60. 60. Entrance Permit An entrance is defined as a private road, entranceway, gate or other structure or facility used as a means of access to, or exit from, a highway; and shall include any curbs, gutters or other works relative theretoCorridor Management & Property Section 60
  61. 61. Entrance Permit - Controlled Area  Entrances on a King’s Highway right-of-way are permitted, providing MTO requirements are met  Entrances on controlled-access highways are not permittedCorridor Management & Property Section 61
  62. 62. Entrance Permit - Objective Reduce liability on the highway right-of-way Maintain operating integrity of the highway system Control development impact Reduce future problems and costs including the potential restriction of future expansion opportunities Ensure environmental protectionCorridor Management & Property Section 62
  63. 63. Entrance Permit – Residential/AgriculturalCorridor Management & Property Section 63
  64. 64. Entrance Permit - CommercialCorridor Management & Property Section 64
  65. 65. Sign Permit Sign shall include any sign, notice, advertising device, or any part thereof whether it contains words or not and shall include any device that is used solely to attract attentionCorridor Management & Property Section 65
  66. 66. Sign Permit - Controlled Area Any “visible” sign within 400 m of ministry property limitsCorridor Management & Property Section 66
  67. 67. Sign Permit - Objective To balance the needs between highway safety, environmental considerations, sign owners and individual businessesCorridor Management & Property Section 67
  68. 68. Sign Permit - LocationCorridor Management & Property Section 68
  69. 69. Sign Permit - BillboardCorridor Management & Property Section 69
  70. 70. Sign Permit - TemporaryCorridor Management & Property Section 70
  71. 71. Corridor Management Public Service Commitments Implemented April 1, 2011 MTO committed to:  Providing prompt and clear information and guidance to help process your building, entrance, sign and encroachment applications  Streamlining the review processes for residential subdivision proposals Target = 100% 2011 Performance measurement = 90% – 100% Corridor Management Public Service Commitments and Performance Reports are available on MTO Website:  Management & Property Section 71
  72. 72. Current Issues Corridor Management Permit System Permit Fee Increase – October 1, 2012 Sign EnforcementCorridor Management & Property Section 72
  73. 73. Corridor Management Public Website General Information Policies and Guidelines Applications Fee Schedule Contact Information Management & Property Section 73
  74. 74. Contact InformationHead Office:Tony Di Fabio Heather DoyleSenior Planner & Policy Advisor Senior Planner & Policy AdvisorCorridor Management and Property Office Corridor Management and Property OfficeMinistry of Transportation Ministry of TransportationTel: 905-704-2656 Tel: 905-704-2913Fax: 905-704-2777 Fax: 905-704-2777Email: Email: heather.doyle@ontario.caTed Lagakos Kris KernaghanSenior Planner & Policy Advisor HeadCorridor Management and Property Office Corridor Management and Property OfficeMinistry of Transportation Ministry of TransportationTel: 905-704-3257 Tel: 905-704-2230Fax: 905-704-2777 Fax: 905-704-2777Email: Email: Corridor Management & Property Section 74
  75. 75. QuestionsCorridor Management & Property Section 75