Freight Supportive Land Use Planning Guidelines

This study provides policies and guidelines to assist municipalities in integrating goods movement considerations into land use planning. Specifically it shows how public officials can improve freight mobility to make business more competitive and improve the overall economic health of their municipalities and the broader southern Ontario region centered on Toronto. The study addresses freight movement planning and design issues at three levels: the transportation network or system level; the facilities level (focusing on both on-street and off-street loading/unloading and maneuvering requirements) and the operational level (dealing with the design and operation of roadway facilities). The study report thus presents a comprehensive set of policies and guidelines for use by municipal urban planners, and transportation planners and engineers. The policies and guidelines are related to standard municipal planning processes including: Official Plan reviews and preparation of amendments; conduct of transportation master plans, corridor and sub-area studies; capital planning for infrastructure; development and site plan reviews; and facility design. To ensure freight movement considerations receive more attention, the study calls for the preparation of “freight audits” by municipalities and improved coordination among neighboring municipalities (eg. in the establishment of cross-boundary truck routes) and between public and private sector interests through the establishment of both regional and local freight stakeholder groups. While the study is multi-modal in scope, its emphasis on truck-related issues is a reflection of the predominant use of that mode, its more direct relationship to land use planning and the need to update current roadway standards and planning procedures.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: CD-ROM; Figures;
  • Pagination: 19p
  • Monograph Title: ITE 2005 Annual Meeting and Exhibit Compendium of Technical Papers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01006753
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1933452080
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Oct 28 2005 2:31PM