for Controlled Access Highway
Section 48 of the Transportation
Act designates some highways as “Controlled Access Highways”.
These highways may be located anywhere in the
Province. The Ministry of Transportation has zoning, access and subdivision
regulatory roles over the land adjacent to these highways.
The Minister of Transportation regulates subdivisions adjacent to controlled
access highways to minimize the impact of development on safety and traffic flow on these highways. This requirement
applies whether the lots proposed abut the controlled
access highway or only the remainder is adjacent to the highway. The
Ministry of Transportation requires all access to be via a local street or frontage road if at all possible.
Under Section 80
of the Land Title Act, the Provincial
Approving Officer is limited to considering the impact of the development
on the controlled access highway where the local government is the subdivision
approving authority. Regulation of these subdivisions by the Provincial
Approving Officer ensures that alternative road access is provided to the subdivision as required
by B. C. Regulation 8/89
of the Land
Title Act. This process ensures that the controlled access highway
will not be compromised by land locking new parcels to the corridor.