Traffic Request Process

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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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The following describes the process for transportation related requests within the Town of Newmarket. Please see below for further details of specific requests. Please note that decisions on transportation related issues may be re-evaluated after a two-year period. For more information, please call the Town at 905-895-5193.

Location Specific Issues

Street signage
Photo of a green street sign mounted on a grey pole.  It reads 'centre street' Making a request: Member(s) of Council makes a request to Director of Engineering.
 
After the request is made: Town staff will review Ontario Traffic Council criteria and guidelines, conduct additional studies and consult with nearby affected households (three households on either side of the sign location) and if needed, review engineering concerns or safety factors.

Making a decision: Staff decide whether the request should be approved and report the results directly to the Councillor and any affected households.
Request for Stop Signs
Photo of a red stop sign sign mounted on a grey pole.  There is an 'all way' tab sign underneath the stop sign
Making a request: Requests are made to a Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor or Mayor during a Committee of the Whole meeting by members of the public. 

After the request is made:
If directed by Council, Town staff will:
  • Conduct studies of the intersection 
  • Consult with affected households nearby (three households on either side of any proposed stop-sign location) 
  • Review engineering concerns or safety factors 
Making a decision: Staff will submit recommendations at Committee of the Whole meeting. Council decides whether the request should be approved.
School Crossings
Photo of a yellow school crossing sign mounted on a grey pole
Making a request: Requests are made to a Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor or Mayor at a Committee of the Whole meeting by the School Board or School Councils. 

After the request is made:
If directed by Council, Town staff will:
  • Conduct studies 
  • Consult with affected households nearby (three households on either side of the proposed location) 
  • Review engineering concerns or safety factors 
Making a decision: Staff submit recommendations at Committee of the Whole meeting. Council decides whether the request should be approved.

Community-wide issues

ActIve Transportation Routes (Bike Lanes, Trails, and Roads) 
Making a request: Staff to notify Council. 

After the request is made: 
  • Notify or consult with all households fronting or flanking the street/study area
  • Communicate Public Information Centre on project through social media and Town Page ads
Making a decision: Staff submit recommendations at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Council decides whether the request should be approved.
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Street-Specific Issues 

Parking Restrictions
Photo of a no-parking sign mounted on a grey pole Making a request: Residents submit a petition to their Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor or Mayor to present at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Petition must have 25% support or more of the households on that street or section of the street.

After the request is made:
If directed by Council:
  • A survey is distributed to the affected households (50% or more must respond to this survey for process to continue and 60% or more of responses should be positive). The process ends if there is not enough support. 
  • Review engineering concerns or safety factors if there is enough support for the changes. 
Making a decision: Staff submit recommendations at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Council decides whether the request should be approved.
Traffic Calming
Photo of a yellow sign that reads 'Traffic Calming Ahead' mounted on a grey pole Making a request: To request a change to existing traffic-calming measures along a street, residents submit a petition to their Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor or Mayor to be presented at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Petition must have 25% support or more of the households on that street, with a minimum number of 10 households interested in considering a change to traffic-calming measures.

After the request is made:
If directed by Council: 
  • A survey is distributed to the affected households (50% or more must respond to this survey for process to continue and 60% or more of responses should be positive). The process ends if there is not enough support. 
  • Review engineering concerns or safety factors if there is enough support for the changes. 
Making a decision: Staff submit recommendations at a Committee of the Whole meeting. Council decides whether the request should be approved.

Other issues

general guidelines
Making a request: Requests made by Ward Councillor, Regional Councillor or Mayor at Committee of the Whole meeting.

After the request is made:
If directed by Council:
  • Determine if there are operational or safety issues. 
  • Evaluate if community decision issues meet requirement of 50% return on surveys with 60% positive support for requested change. 
  • Review engineering concerns or safety factors if there is enough support for the requested change. 
  • Notify households that are directly impacted and affected by the requested change. 

Making a decision: Staff submit recommendations at a Committee of the Whole meeting.  Council decides whether the request should be approved.