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“Highway Corridor Management 101”




                        Corridor Management and Property Section
                                        Ministry of Transportation
                                      Friday September 14, 2012
Welcome




          Tony Di Fabio
Senior Planner and Policy Advisor
Corridor Management and Property
              Section



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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 Information

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Corridor Management




      Corridor Management is about the ministry
        “managing the Highway corridor”




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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




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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 ROW




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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 sharing


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Corridor Management Organization


                                                               Head Office




                                                                                         Northeast                                     Northwest
Central 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




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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 groups



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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)




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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 & Specifications
SURVEYS AND PLANS

- Property Limits                                                                                 STRUCTURAL
- Property Requests/Designations
                                                                                                  - Maintenance of Structures
                                                                                                  - Tender documents
PROPERTY                                                                                          - 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


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External Stakeholders


                                       MUNICIPALITIES



   GENERAL PUBLIC                                                      REGIONS




INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS                                                       CITIES
                                             Corridor
                                            Management

    DEVELOPERS
                                                                   GOVERNMENT AGENCIES




                      CONSULTANTS                        CONTRACTORS




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Welcome




          Heather Doyle
Senior Planner and Policy Advisor
Corridor Management and Property
              Section



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MTO Interest in
Municipal Land Use Planning




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Ministry’s Interest in the Municipal Planning


Why 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.




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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




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Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) –
Corridor Protection Policies


 All planning authorities shall be consistent
 with the PPS:

     1.6.6.1 Planning authorities shall plan and
      protect corridors and rights-of-ways
       for transportation, transit and infrastructure
      facilities to meet current and projected needs

     1.6.6.2 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.




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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)




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The Planning Act – MTO Interest

Under 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.




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The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement
Act (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




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The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement
Act


                                                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


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The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement
Act (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.




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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)




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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




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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




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Municipal Plan Review (MPR)

Where Municipal Council is the
Approval 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
   control




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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 control




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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




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How MTO Addresses Challenges

MTO 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




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How MTO Addresses Challenges

Municipalities 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




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#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 Entrances



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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




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MTO Tools for Municipalities

MTO 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 Guidelines




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Official Plan Guideline - Highlights
Transportation 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 Guideline

Specific Policies and Standards for Impacts on the Provincial
Transportation 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



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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 Highways




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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 Lands




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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/projects




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MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision
Review 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




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MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision Review
Process
 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




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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



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In Summary

Key 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 corridors




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What is Permit Control ?



  The legal limit that the ministry can regulate
      buildings, structures, roads, entrances and the
      placement of signs




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Why is Permit Control Important ?




              Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (1958)


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Why is Permit Control Important ?




            Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (2012)


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Why is Permit Control Important ?




                      Highway 401 at Toronto Pearson International (2006)

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Types of Corridor Management Permits



            Building and Land Use

            Encroachment

            Entrance

            Sign


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Building and Land Use Permit

 Building and land use is defined as a building,
   structure or fence adjacent to a provincial highway
   within permit control




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Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled Area

Controlled-Access Highway




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Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled Area

King’s Highway




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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 public


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Building and Land Use Permit - Residential




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Building and Land Use Permit - Commercial




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Building and Land Use Permit – Large Generator




                  Yorkdale




                     4
                         0
                         1




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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 highway




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Encroachment Permit - Controlled Area



     Highway Right-of-Way



                                         ROW




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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 party



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Encroachment Permit - Utilities




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Encroachment Permit - Municipal




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Encroachment Permit - Signs




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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 thereto




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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
         permitted




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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 protection

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Entrance Permit – Residential/Agricultural




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Entrance Permit - Commercial




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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 attention




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Sign Permit - Controlled Area




   Any “visible” sign within 400 m of ministry property limits


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Sign Permit - Objective


 To balance the needs between highway safety,
   environmental considerations, sign owners and
   individual businesses




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Sign Permit - Location




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Sign Permit - Billboard




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Sign Permit - Temporary




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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:

       http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/service-commitment/corridor-mgmnt-permit-appln.shtml


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Current Issues


 Corridor Management Permit System

 Permit Fee Increase – October 1, 2012

   Sign Enforcement




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Corridor Management Public Website


 General Information

 Policies and Guidelines

 Applications

 Fee Schedule

 Contact Information
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/management/corridor/index.shtml




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Contact Information

Head Office:

Tony Di Fabio                             Heather Doyle
Senior Planner & Policy Advisor           Senior Planner & Policy Advisor
Corridor Management and Property Office   Corridor Management and Property Office
Ministry of Transportation                Ministry of Transportation
Tel: 905-704-2656                         Tel: 905-704-2913
Fax: 905-704-2777                         Fax: 905-704-2777
Email: tony.difabio@ontario.ca            Email: heather.doyle@ontario.ca

Ted Lagakos                               Kris Kernaghan
Senior Planner & Policy Advisor           Head
Corridor Management and Property Office   Corridor Management and Property Office
Ministry of Transportation                Ministry of Transportation
Tel: 905-704-3257                         Tel: 905-704-2230
Fax: 905-704-2777                         Fax: 905-704-2777
Email: ted.lagakos@ontario.ca             Email: kris.kernaghan@ontario.ca

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Questions




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Corridor managment 101

  • 1. Ontario East Municipal Conference “Highway Corridor Management 101” Corridor Management and Property Section Ministry of Transportation Friday September 14, 2012
  • 2. Welcome Tony Di Fabio Senior Planner and Policy Advisor Corridor Management and Property Section Corridor Management & Property Section 2
  • 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 Information Corridor Management & Property Section 3
  • 4. Corridor Management Corridor Management is about the ministry “managing the Highway corridor” Corridor Management & Property Section 4
  • 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. 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 ROW Corridor Management & Property Section 6
  • 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 sharing Corridor Management & Property Section 7
  • 8. Corridor Management Organization Head Office Northeast Northwest Central 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. 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 groups Corridor Management & Property Section 9
  • 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. 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 & Specifications SURVEYS AND PLANS - Property Limits STRUCTURAL - Property Requests/Designations - Maintenance of Structures - Tender documents PROPERTY - 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
  • 12. External Stakeholders MUNICIPALITIES GENERAL PUBLIC REGIONS INDIVIDUAL BUSINESS CITIES Corridor Management DEVELOPERS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONSULTANTS CONTRACTORS Corridor Management & Property Section 12
  • 13. Welcome Heather Doyle Senior Planner and Policy Advisor Corridor Management and Property Section Corridor Management & Property Section 13
  • 14. MTO Interest in Municipal Land Use Planning Corridor Management & Property Section 14
  • 15. Ministry’s Interest in the Municipal Planning Why 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. 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. Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – Corridor Protection Policies All planning authorities shall be consistent with the PPS:  1.6.6.1 Planning authorities shall plan and protect corridors and rights-of-ways  for transportation, transit and infrastructure facilities to meet current and projected needs  1.6.6.2 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. 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. The Planning Act – MTO Interest Under 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. The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (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. The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act 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. The Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act (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. 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. 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. 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. Municipal Plan Review (MPR) Where Municipal Council is the Approval 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 control Corridor Management & Property Section 26
  • 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 control Corridor Management & Property Section 27
  • 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. How MTO Addresses Challenges MTO 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. How MTO Addresses Challenges Municipalities 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. #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 Entrances Corridor Management & Property Section 31
  • 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. MTO Tools for Municipalities MTO 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 Guidelines Corridor Management & Property Section 33
  • 34. Official Plan Guideline - Highlights Transportation 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 Guideline Specific Policies and Standards for Impacts on the Provincial Transportation 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. 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 Highways Corridor Management & Property Section 35
  • 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 Lands Corridor Management & Property Section 36
  • 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/projects Corridor Management & Property Section 37
  • 38. MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision Review 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. MTO Guideline for Plan of Subdivision Review Process 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. 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. In Summary Key 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 corridors Corridor Management & Property Section 41
  • 42. What is Permit Control ?  The legal limit that the ministry can regulate buildings, structures, roads, entrances and the placement of signs Corridor Management & Property Section 42
  • 43. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (1958) Corridor Management & Property Section 43
  • 44. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Keele Street – Toronto (2012) Corridor Management & Property Section 44
  • 45. Why is Permit Control Important ? Highway 401 at Toronto Pearson International (2006) Corridor Management & Property Section 45
  • 46. Types of Corridor Management Permits  Building and Land Use  Encroachment  Entrance  Sign Corridor Management & Property Section 46
  • 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 control Corridor Management & Property Section 47
  • 48. Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled Area Controlled-Access Highway Corridor Management & Property Section 48
  • 49. Building and Land Use Permit - Controlled Area King’s Highway Corridor Management & Property Section 49
  • 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 public Corridor Management & Property Section 50
  • 51. Building and Land Use Permit - Residential Corridor Management & Property Section 51
  • 52. Building and Land Use Permit - Commercial Corridor Management & Property Section 52
  • 53. Building and Land Use Permit – Large Generator Yorkdale 4 0 1 Corridor Management & Property Section 53
  • 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 highway Corridor Management & Property Section 54
  • 55. Encroachment Permit - Controlled Area  Highway Right-of-Way ROW Corridor Management & Property Section 55
  • 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 party Corridor Management & Property Section 56
  • 57. Encroachment Permit - Utilities Corridor Management & Property Section 57
  • 58. Encroachment Permit - Municipal Corridor Management & Property Section 58
  • 59. Encroachment Permit - Signs Corridor Management & Property Section 59
  • 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 thereto Corridor Management & Property Section 60
  • 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 permitted Corridor Management & Property Section 61
  • 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 protection Corridor Management & Property Section 62
  • 63. Entrance Permit – Residential/Agricultural Corridor Management & Property Section 63
  • 64. Entrance Permit - Commercial Corridor Management & Property Section 64
  • 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 attention Corridor Management & Property Section 65
  • 66. Sign Permit - Controlled Area Any “visible” sign within 400 m of ministry property limits Corridor Management & Property Section 66
  • 67. Sign Permit - Objective  To balance the needs between highway safety, environmental considerations, sign owners and individual businesses Corridor Management & Property Section 67
  • 68. Sign Permit - Location Corridor Management & Property Section 68
  • 69. Sign Permit - Billboard Corridor Management & Property Section 69
  • 70. Sign Permit - Temporary Corridor Management & Property Section 70
  • 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:  http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/service-commitment/corridor-mgmnt-permit-appln.shtml Corridor Management & Property Section 71
  • 72. Current Issues  Corridor Management Permit System  Permit Fee Increase – October 1, 2012  Sign Enforcement Corridor Management & Property Section 72
  • 73. Corridor Management Public Website  General Information  Policies and Guidelines  Applications  Fee Schedule  Contact Information http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/management/corridor/index.shtml Corridor Management & Property Section 73
  • 74. Contact Information Head Office: Tony Di Fabio Heather Doyle Senior Planner & Policy Advisor Senior Planner & Policy Advisor Corridor Management and Property Office Corridor Management and Property Office Ministry of Transportation Ministry of Transportation Tel: 905-704-2656 Tel: 905-704-2913 Fax: 905-704-2777 Fax: 905-704-2777 Email: tony.difabio@ontario.ca Email: heather.doyle@ontario.ca Ted Lagakos Kris Kernaghan Senior Planner & Policy Advisor Head Corridor Management and Property Office Corridor Management and Property Office Ministry of Transportation Ministry of Transportation Tel: 905-704-3257 Tel: 905-704-2230 Fax: 905-704-2777 Fax: 905-704-2777 Email: ted.lagakos@ontario.ca Email: kris.kernaghan@ontario.ca Corridor Management & Property Section 74
  • 75. Questions Corridor Management & Property Section 75