Highway access through a rural subdivision is an essential component
to the development. If you are subdividing, you will need to service
your subdivision with roads.
The Land Title Act
authorizes the Provincial Appproving Officer to determine the adequacy of roads in a subdivision.
Except in special circumstances, access to a subdivision should be
via at least a two-lane, minimum-standard, all-weather road. In all
cases, however, the road must be sufficient to serve the intended land
use. For typical subdivision road standards, see the Subdivision
Road Construction Specifications of the current British Columbia Supplement
to the Transportation Association of Canada Geometric Design Guide for
Canadian Roads (
TAC Guide Chapter 1400
Access requirements must conform to Section 75 of the Land Title
Act. These requirements include:
- necessary and reasonable access to all new parcels and lands beyond
- no unnecessary jogs in the alignment
- clearing, drainage, construction and surfacing to the Approving
- access to water
In addition, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure must approve subdivisions
adjacent to a controlled access highway before it is approved by a local
government approving officer pursuant to
80 (b) of the Land Title Act. This is to ensure the lots in the
subdivision plan have access other than to a the Controlled Access Highway.