In order to manage and maintain the safety and integrity of existing and future highways, it is essential to assess the amount of new traffic entering the highways from adjacent developments, and to design thoughtfully the access and layout configuration of the developments. Within the context of provincial, regional, corridor and local plans. The Transportation Design Report evaluates alternative access possibilities and provides information which will help determine the acceptability of proposed access points. Complete information is available in the Planning and Designing Access to Developments manual.

Integrated Transportation Design

It is essential that detailed consideration of transportation requirement be given from the earliest design concept through all stages of the design process. This process is referred to as integrated transportation design. The Planning and Designing Access to Developments manual provides guidance on the integrated transportation design process and how the need for a transportation design report is determined. Ministry staff will determine whether a design must be submitted in support of the application or whether a Simplified Review Process may be followed.

The three main components of the process for undertaking a transportation design include:

  • Determining whether the detailed review process is required of if the simplified review process can be used.
  • Identifying the Terms of Reference for the design or review.
  • Establishing required content of the Transportation Design report.

The following is a list of some of the situations when the Ministry may request a Transportation Design Report:

Those affected by the above should contact the local Ministry District Office before submitting an application and/or a report in order to determine whether a transportation design is required and how it should be conducted. Contact the Local Government to determine their study requirements and to obtain information on any local issues, land use plans and the feasibility of alternate access.

This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/permits/Subdibision_Home.asp) to make sure you version is sufficiently current.