The Regional Municipality Of York


Construction Design Guidelines and Standards

These design guidelines help consultants prepare tender packages for York Region. Tender packages prepared according to these guidelines will:

  • Identify potential conflicts before construction starts
  • Need fewer corrections before being approved
  • Be processed more quickly than packages that are not prepared according to these guidelines

Road Construction Design Guidelines and Standards

Road Design Guidelines

Last update: December 7 | Version December 2020

Road Design Guidelines (92 MB zip file)
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  • Username: RoadDesign
  • Password: Guidelines

How to use the zip file

    1. Download and save the zip file to your network server or your desktop
    2. Extract the zip file to an appropriate directory on your file server or a suitable desktop location
    3. Open the MS Word document named RDGLs December 2020.docx

Utility Coordination

Utility Coordination Training Manual - Capital Planning and Delivery - Roads

Development Charge Credits

2020 DC Rates

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Water and Wastewater Consultant Resources

Consultant Requirements Manual Environmental Projects

The Consultant Requirements Manual includes information to enable project teams to successfully deliver capital environmental projects throughout the environmental assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, construction, commissioning and close-out phases.  All Requests for Proposals issued by the Environmental Services Capital Planning and Delivery Branch will require consultants to fulfill project delivery requirements in accordance with the Consultant Requirements Manual. 

Design Guidelines, Specifications and Standard Drawings — Environmental Projects

A design guideline is a recommended approach used for defining processes and design requirements.

Specifications are written descriptions of materials, services, and construction processes that dictate the performance and characteristics of the materials to be used, as well as the methodologies and quality of the work installations.

The standard detail engineering drawings that accompany specifications are a graphical depiction of the work to be done. They depict shape, dimensions, location, measurement of material and the relationship between building components.

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All documentation relating to the Consultant Requirements Manual including any associated forms and templates as well as design guidelines, specifications, and standard drawings is available for download via FTP.

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Maps and Data for Capital Projects

  • YorkMaps
    • Browse and search interactive and ready-to-print maps as well as  publicly available data sets
      Self-Serve Data Depot
  • Consultants under contract to the Region can download project-related geographic data from a self-service catalogue
    • Consultants must register for an account before using the system by contacting the York Region Project Manager responsible for the affected project(s)
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Designing Great Streets Guidelines

Road design that supports evolving land uses and urban form is an integral component of building resilient, livable and healthy communities that can effectively accommodate growth, an aging population, a diversifying mix of uses and safe transportation options for all users to create a stronger ‘sense of place’. 

Evolving best practices call for cross-disciplinary collaboration and approaches to street design that integrate boulevard and roadway design while recognizing the unique attributes of the area and land uses, as well as lifecycle costs.

York Region has developed its Designing Great Streets (DGS) guidelines to update its road design process by better integrating road design and land use context, and responding to the challenges of a rapidly growing Region.  Through its decision making process, DGS shifts the focus from planning for vehicle capacity to planning for streets that provide greater mobility for all users and greater integration with the community.

The context-sensitive approach of DGS will support improved project outcomes by promoting:

  • Flexibility to design for community context through the EA process
  • Consistency with facility applications in similar contexts
  • Best practices and sound, professional judgement
  • A ‘made-in-York-Region’ approach that considers full lifecycle costs

DGS guidelines include six road typologies that reflect the Region’s aspirations for the Regional road network:

  • City Centre Street
  • Avenue
  • Main Street
  • Connector
  • Rural Road
  • Rural Hamlet Road

DGS guidelines are consistent with direction and policies outlined in York Region’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan, and are expected to be used by multidisciplinary design teams to produce resilient road design options that suit the specific, current settings and proposed future land uses.

Cover image of Designing Great Streets cover.

Cover Page
Table of Contents
Executive Summary
1.0 Introduction
1.1 Guidelines Overview
1.2 How to Use These Guidelines
1.3 Urban Design Vision and Guiding Principles
1.4 Best Practices Summary
2.0 Context
2.1 Context
2.2 Legislative and Technical Framework
3.0 Road Typologies
3.1 A New Approach to Road Characterization
3.2 Objectives
3.3 City Centre Street Typology
3.3 Avenue Typology
3.3 Main Street Typology
3.3 Connector Typology
3.3 Rural Road Typology
3.3 Rural Hamlet Road Typology
3.3 Toolbox: Boulevard and Roadway Elements
4.0 Design Guidelines
4.1 Street Design Guidelines
4.2 Boulevard Guidelines
4.3 Roadway Guidelines
4.4 Intersection Design
4.5 Transitions
4.6 General Guidelines
5.0 Implementation
5.1 Implementation Overview
5.2 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment
5.3 Maintenance and Operations
6.0 Decision Making Process
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Decision Making Process Worksheets
Appendix A Typology Matrix and Toolbox
Appendix B Glossary of Terms

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Pedestrian and Cycling Planning and Design Guidelines

The York Region Pedestrian and Cycling Planning and Design Guidelines provides a concise and easy to use manual for planning and design of active transportation facilities. The guidelines are an update to the 2008 Planning and Design Guidelines developed as a part of the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan; however it includes updates on cycling facility types, emerging design treatments for intersections and better integration with other York Region planning and design initiatives. In particular, these guidelines directly support the work of York Region’s Designing Great Streets context sensitive design manual and policy directions stemming from the recently updated Transportation Master Plan.

Developing high quality active transportation facilities in York Region presents a unique set of challenges including:

  • Variety of street typologies that often require transition zones as well as demand to accommodate goods movements as part of the regional mandate
  • Must be balanced with the desire for pedestrian oriented design specifically through elements such as turning radii, lane widths, etc.
  • Balancing urban design elements including a  desire for sustainable streets and streetscaping requirements with space for pedestrians and cyclists in regional/urban centres

Pedestrian and Cycling Planning and Design Guidelines

Cover of Pedestrian and Cycling Planning and Design Guidelines

Cover Page 
Table of Contents 
1.0 Introduction and Context 
1.1 Overview
1.2 Using the Guidelines
2.0 Facility Selection Tool
2.1 Overview
2.2 Using the Tool 
3.0 General Design Considerations
3.1 User Characteristics
3.2 Design Criteria Conditions
4.0 Pedestrian and Cycling Facilities
4.1 Overview
4.2 Pedestrian Facilities
4.3 Cycling Facilities
4.4 Multi-Use Paths
4.5 Clearances
4.6 Surface Course
4.7 Grades
4.8 Cross Slopes
4.9 Designing Great Streets
4.10 Retrofitting Regional Roads
5.0 Intersection Treatments 
5.1 Principles of Intersection Design
5.2 Urban Intersections
5.3 Rural Intersections
5.4 Freeway Crossings
5.5 Railway Crossings
5.6 Midblock Crossings
5.7 Grade Separated Crossings
5.8 Roundabouts
6.0 Curbside Activity
6.1 Transit Stops
6.2 Driveways
7.0 Pavement Markings and Signage
7.1 Signage
7.2 Pavement Markings
8.0 Signal Operations
8.1 Overview
8.2 Signal Phasing for Separated Cycling Facilities
8.3 Signal Timing
8.4 Detection of Cyclists
9.0 Network Amenities
9.1 Street Furniture and Streetscaping
9.2 Railings Barriers and Fences
9.3 Traffic Calming
9.4 Bicycle Parking
10.0 Maintenance and Operations
10.1 Maintenance of Pedestrian and Cycling Facilities
10.2 Pedestrians and Cyclists in Construction Zones
Appendix A Additional References And Resources

School Sites Design Guidelines

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