The Public Works & Engineering Department is charged with the responsibility of managing the use of the public rights of way under the jurisdiction and control of the County of Renfrew. The activities encompassing this function generally fall under the heading of Corridor Control and include:
Acquisition of lands for roads purposes.
Disposition of surplus lands.
Provision of safe, legal access from county roads to adjoining properties.
The use of the right of way by private individuals, utility companies and local municipalities for the placement of conduits and pipelines serving a variety of purposes.
The provision of directional signage for tourism and related purposes.
Community purposes such as parades, etc.
Movement of oversize and overweight loads through the County road system.
All access from a County road to existing or newly created properties is governed by the County's Access Interval By-law. The policy adopted by the by-law governs the frequency and design standards for all entrances.
Approval of new or modified entrances is obtained by the application for a permit. The permit is applied for through the completion of the permit application form. A processing fee applies.
Right of ways are frequently used for the transmission of public utilities services such as telephone, hydro, gas, and cable television. In addition, in urban areas many of the trunk water main and sanitary sewers are located in the County's right of way. The role of the County is to manage the use of the right of way by others. This is accomplished through the right of way use permit process. Individuals or organizations requesting to use the County's rights of way are required to submit an application to do so complete with full engineering drawings to demonstrate the nature and extent of the works to be done. These are reviewed and approved by the Public Works Department and a permit issued.
The County operates a TODS service for qualifying businesses who obtain their access directly or indirectly from the County Road System. The signage is similar to that found on the provincial highway system. For an annual fee, qualifying businesses can have distinctive signage including personalized logos erected in the right of way to assist tourists in getting to their establishment.
Vehicles are restricted to their maximum size and weight by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Occasionally unique loads which exceed the limits within the Act must be transported along County roads. As required by the Act, individuals and organizations wishing to undertake these moves must obtain a permit to do so from the County. The Oversize/Overweight policy specifies the conditions under which such moves will be permitted. A permit is required and can be obtained from the Department on a daily or yearly basis. A processing fee applies.
Parades and social events are an important and much looked forward to part of life in our communities. County roads are often the main street frequently used for such purposes. So as to ensure that appropriate precautions are made for emergency and essential traffic, proponents are required to obtain a permit from the Department. These are provided without charge. In addition subject to availability, the Department may be able to contribute signs and barricades so as to ensure that detours are adequately delineated.