Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
June 18, 2013
Summary of Proposal:
The draft Guidelines are being developed to assist municipal planners, freight operators, developers and land use planning/transportation practitioners, working in communities of all sizes across Ontario, in creating an environment that is supportive of freight and the needs of the freight industry.
By providing tools to help municipalities coordinate land use and freight mobility planning, the Guidelines will help respond to industry needs for goods movement in Ontario. In doing so, the Guidelines are intended to support the overall economic health and competitiveness of Ontario's municipalities.
The draft Guidelines are intended for use within Ontario's existing legislative and policy framework. When finalized, the Guidelines will:
- describe the influence of goods movement on land use planning and on transportation patterns and systems;
- describe the importance of integrating land use and transportation planning from a goods movement perspective;
- demonstrate best practices for municipal implementation, that help to create and enhance freight-supportive communities;
- identify the role that intermodal facilities play within the transportation system and provide guidance for planning in and around these types of facilities;
- outline how to design and effectively plan for freight-supportive facilities within new developments, existing built-up areas and mixed-use developments;
- describe how existing municipal tools such as Official Plans, Zoning By-laws, Site Plan Control, Transportation Master Plans and Municipal Freight Audits can support current and long-range goods movement planning;
- outline how land use conflicts, such as conflicts between freight facilities or operations and sensitive land uses (e.g., residential, day cares, schools etc.), can be addressed or mitigated through land use planning, site design and operational practices;
- provide guidance for balancing competing transportation priorities; and
- be supported by case studies that demonstrate jurisdictions that have successfully implemented examples of best practices.
January 29, 2016