Town, County agree to upload local roads, eventually
New Tecumseth and Simcoe County have entered into
a "best efforts agreement" that will upload 15.3 kms of local roads to
the upper tier within the next 20 years, or the deal is terminated.
Included is the 10.5 km stretch of the 5th Line between County Road 10
(Tottenham Road) and the boundary with Bradford West Gwillimbury which
would provide the County with an uninterrupted east-west link from
Highway 27 to Highway 50. And, Industrial Parkway between County Road
10 (Tottenham Road) and Highway 89 (Young Street), a 4.8 km urban road
that will provide the County with a westerly bypass for the community
The uploading agreement is a component of the County's broader
Transportation Master Plan, a study whose update includes reviewing a
future bypass option for Tottenham.
"The County of Simcoe has developed a long range plan for the
reconstruction and rehabilitation of the highway system so the rapid
growth and development within the County can be accommodated,"
according to the background report setting out the terms of the
agreement. "The lndentified Highways are not being added to the
County's highway system at this time, but may be added to the County's
highway system at some time in the future. Until such time as this
occurs, the Town must make their best effort to ensure the County's
Official Plan, By-laws, and County of Simcoe Transportation Master Plan
with regard to road widening, setbacks and entrance permits, among
other things, are enforced by the Town whenever reasonably possible for
all new developments along these highways. During this time the Town
will continue to be
responsible for all maintenance and capital works required along these
New Tecumseth will be required to amend its Official Plan to include
the road widths and sight triangles required for a County highway; its
zoning bylaw, to reflect the minimum 15 metre setback required from
County roads for all applications for building permits; and revise
entrance permit requirements for future applications for entrances onto
the 5th Line and on Industrial Parkway.
"In addition to the Identified Highways, all bridges, culverts, and
drainage appurtenances associated with the roadway, including but not limited to the road crossing and driveway culverts, storm sewers and associated structures which are part of the
highways or located under the highways will be included in the addition
of the highway to the County's highway system. All other services such
as sanitary and watermain will remain under the Town's control.
Utilities will remain under the authority having jurisdiction such as
telephone, gas, and electric."