Transportation Master Plan

As part of the 2020 budget process, Brantford City Council approved an addendum to the City’s Transportation Master Plan, to occur at the same time as an amendment of the City’s Master Servicing Plan. This addendum is being undertaken to accommodate the extension of the Provincial growth horizon from 2041 to 2051 and to align the 2020 Transportation Master Plan Update with the City’s Official Plan.

The Transportation Master Plan Update – 2051 Addendum 45 day Public Review Period is now underway. The review period will occur between June 17, 2021 and August 3, 2021. The document available for review is available as both a compiled document or with the appendices separated for ease of access.

2020 Transportation Master Plan Update: 2051 Addendum – Compiled (includes Appendix Updates)
2020 Transportation Master Plan Update: 2051 Addendum  (excludes Appendices)
Appendix A – Public Consultation Updates (2051 to be read with 2041)
Appendix C – Transportation Demand Forecasting Model (2051)
Appendix D – Costs (2051)

Please note that where the 2051 Addendum has not resulted in changes from the 2041 update it refers to the 2041 documents. Should the 2051 Addendum and the 2041 update documents disagree, the 2051 Addendum should be assumed to govern.

The City’s Transportation Master Plan was approved by City Council in October 2020 and filed for the 45-day review period from November 19, 2020 to January 4, 2021. The final post-review period revised version was posted in March 2021. 

2020 Transportation Master Plan Update to 2041 – Compiled (includes appendices)
2020 Transportation Master Plan Update to 2041 (excludes appendices)
Appendix A – Public Consultation (2041 and 2051)
Appendix B – Bicycle Friendly Communities Workshop Report (2041 and 2051)
Appendix C – Transportation Demand Forecasting Model (2041)
Appendix D - Costs (2041)

Objective

The objective of the Study is to ensure that the transportation system can accommodate growth and meet the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, goods movement and automobiles up to 2051.

Council Resolutions

At the August 27, 2019 Council Meeting, the City Council passed a resolution to undertake the Oak Park Road Environmental Assessment, and also directed staff to:

  • exclude the use of the Glebe Lands in the transportation alternatives being developed for the City as part of the Transportation Master Plan update that is currently underway, unless otherwise requested by the Six Nations of the Grand River; and
  • develop a disposition strategy for the properties acquired for the Veterans Memorial Parkway that are no longer required for that project, following the completion of the  Transportation Master Plan, and REPORT BACK to Council following the completion of the Transportation Master Plan update with a  recommended disposition strategy and options on how to direct funds from the sale of any properties.

In response to the City Council decision to exclude the use of the Glebe Lands in the transportation alternatives being developed for the City as part of the Transportation Master Plan update, the Elected Council of the Six Nations of the Grant River issued a news release welcoming this decision.

At the June 22, 2021 Council Meeting, City Council passed a resolution to complete investigative studies currently underway in order to finalize Phase 2 of the Environmental Assessment and then to place the Oak Park Road Extension Environmental Assessment on hold in order to explore and investigate alternatives as follows and REPORT BACK in Q4 2023

  1. Developing a Joint City/County Strategic Transportation Plan or Regional Transportation Master Plan, subject to participation by appropriate neighbouring municipalities and Regions; and
  2. Implementing localized intersection improvements, realignment and improvements to alternate roadways, and improving transit and active transportation options per the Transportation Master Plan; and
  3. Assessing post-pandemic impacts on City and Regional travel behaviour and any effects on the timing of the recommendations within the Transportation Master Plan; and
  4. Preliminary design of traffic improvements and noise attenuation along Colborne Street West from Fire Station 4 to 400m west of D’Aubigny

The resolution also directed staff to:

  • Rename the Veterans Memorial Parkway Reserve to City and Regional Transportation Reserve and use this reserve to fund the above investigations; and
  • That funds not required to complete Phase 2 be returned to the Development Chargers Reserve

While the Environmental Assessment has been paused, the Oak Park Road Extension remains a recommended project in the City’s transportation network as outlined in the 2051 Addendum. During the next City-wide Transportation Master Plan, expected to be completed in five to ten years, the City’s transportation demands will again be examined in order to determine the needs of the City’s entire transportation network for all modes of travel.

The recommended transportation network improvements will be subject to further study, public consultation, Council approval for funding and, unless previously approved, the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Process.

The Process

The Study Amendment reviewed the impacts of the additional growth amounts and locations for the 2051 horizon to the 2020 Transportation Master Plan Update strategies. Where adjustments were required, revisions have been made to the 2020 Transportation Master Plan strategies and adjustments and an addendum has now been posted for a 45 day Public Review. The Public Review Period of the addendum started on June 17, 2021 and will continue until August 3, 2021. This amendment is being completed in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process for master planning (MEA, June 2000 as amended in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2020).

Thank you for your Comments!

The City thanks everyone who submitted their comments and questions for their input on the Transportation Master Plan Update – 2051 Addendum. Comments received throughout the Environmental Assessment process, including the 45 day public review, will be taken into consideration during the finalization of these documents. The final version of the Transportation Master Plan Update – 2051 Addendum incorporating received comments will be posted in the Fall of 2021.