Cobourg, ON – March 15, 2017 – Following an extensive consultation and development process over the last two years, including a final round of reviews by member municipalities over the last four months, County Council today adopted a Transportation Master Plan for Northumberland. This plan will be an important component of long-term community-building efforts.
“This plan lays out a vision for an effective, multi-faceted transportation network throughout Northumberland that will reinforce linkages between our municipalities and foster the thriving, inclusive communities we strive to sustain,” indicated County Warden Mark Walas. “It is a realistic, attainable, economically feasible plan that positions the County to meet the transportation needs of our residents and businesses today and well into the future.”
The Transportation Master Plan contains analysis of traffic patterns, population growth, transportation trends and infrastructure requirements, outlining policies and services that will support the County in best meeting the mobility needs of the rural/urban mix of communities—projected to grow to 96,000 residents by 2031. The plan identifies an anticipated investment of between $2.4 and $4.2 million beyond the base transportation budget over the first ten years, based on five major guiding principles:
1. Maintain and improve County roads that operate as the primary transportation network throughout Northumberland, ensuring the movement of goods and services between and within all municipalities.
2. Continue investing in – and supporting policy development for – alternative uses of the network, including transit services and active transportation methods such as cycling.
3. Update and develop transportation policies in the County to strengthen day-to-day management of the network.
4. Expand and improve the network at a sustainable level, both from a funding as well as an environmental standpoint.
5. Ensure the network is safe and operating as efficiently as possible.
Council and staff identified the need for this plan in 2012 to best manage the significant social, economic and environmental impacts of a county-wide transportation system over a fifty-year horizon. An Advisory Committee of County and member-municipality staff as well as members of the general public spearheaded the process, in consultation with elected officials, municipal, provincial and federal agencies, stakeholders, and consultant MMM Group.
“I want to commend staff for their dedication and hard work in delivering the Transportation Master Plan, which provides a framework that will guide Council and staff decision-making over the near, medium and long term,” stated County CAO Jennifer Moore. “The County also extends sincere thanks to our community members and partners who contributed to the creation of this important plan. We look forward to ongoing collaboration with these stakeholders as we move ahead with implementation.”
The full Transportation Master Plan is available at www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/TMP.
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