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Peel Road Characters

Road Characterization Study Synopsis (PDF 500KB 8 pages)
Road Characterization Study – Full Report (PDF 7MB 182 pages)

Printing Instructions:
Fits in a standard 3-ring 1” binder. Alternatively, each section is suited to be stapled with two pins at the top. The Road Character Map located in Section 2 requires 11x17 sized paper to print, and is in portrait orientation.

Choose settings for letter-sized paper in landscape with double sided, top-open printing. For some printers, you may be required to select ‘rotated’ or ‘rotate by 180 degrees’.

The RCS was produced using the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions. You can learn more about this approach at contextsensitivesolutions.org.

What is a Road Character?

Through the Road Characterization Study the Region was able to develop design guidelines and access management measures for Regional roads. Assigning a Road Character to a road allows them to be designed in a way that is more context sensitive and balances the need for mobility with that of land access.

Why characterize a road?

A road does not stay the same throughout its length since the land uses (residential, commercial, industrial) change along the way. With changing land use we have different needs. An area with more commercial activity may see more residents walking and cycling. Conversely, an area with industrial warehouses will often see less pedestrian traffic, and higher truck volumes. Prioritizing certain elements to match the character, while maintaining road functionality, allow us to design roads that serve all users more effectively.

Similarly, access management (intersection spacing, right-in, right-out turns) should support both the movement of people and also balance the need for land access.

Developing the Road Characters involved an extensive stakeholder engagement process and included participation from all three Area Municipalities: Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Various members from different divisions, including land use and transportation planners, all worked together to develop elements of the roadway in order to best accommodate the needs of the people living, working and commuting in Peel.

How it is used?

The Regional Council adopted the RCS on May 9, 2013. The RCS Cross Sections, Section II, will be used as a starting point for all Environmental Assessments and the Access Control, Section III, forms the foundation of the Controlled Access By-Law.

Revised: Monday November 18 2013


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