Lakeshore Road Corridor Layering Model

  • Engagement and Policy layer
  • Waterfront Corridor
  • Green Corridor
  • Transportation Corridor
  • Neighbourhood Corridor
  • Cultural/Heritage Corridor
  • Economic Corridor

The three sister communities of Lakeview, Port Credit, and Clarkson each share a common connecting road. Together our communities have created a new model for development along a complex roadway. This concept posits that there are seven ways to view a road. The more complex the road, the more of the seven descriptive layers need be addressed in order to better understand the complex nature of the road usage. Some roads are described mainly according to a few of the layers, but complex roads like Lakeshore need to be considered from at least seven perspectives (layers).

The layers are as follows:

  1. Engagement and Policy layer: – The base layer whereby all other layers reside. This is the public policy layer, which sets out the public guidelines for development uses along the route. i.e. Area Plans, Zoning, Infrastructure, Community Engagement, and Politics.

  2. Waterfront Corridor: Recognizing that Lakeshore Road follows the shoreline and is physically integral to the waterfront along it’s entire length.

  3. Green Corridor: Recognizing that the road has a relationship with complex natural systems in terms of flora and fauna, waterways, environmental aesthetics.

  4. Transportation Corridor: Lakeshore Road is also a major transportation route, for both inter-municipal and local traffic. Along it’s route, pedestrians, bicycles, cars, trucks, and buses move at various speeds and volumes and at various times of the day/week.

  5. Neighbourhood Corridor: Lakeshore Road connects communities and establishes a main street which anchors and defines the community centre and periphery. Its houses and focuses community activities and character.

  6. Cultural/Heritage Corridor: Lakeshore Road is one of the oldest routes in Ontario. From it’s prehistoric origins as a trail to today’s major street, Lakeshore Road has seen much of the history of the area. To consider the road outside of it’s historical role is to miss much of the character of the road and the communities it passes through.

  7. Economic Corridor: The Economic corridor recognizes that the road is a source for wealth and financial activity. When all six of the other layers in the model are considered and addressed, then a healthy Economic layer should become easier to establish and recognize. Public policy then is adjusted to maintain the health of each of the road use layers. Healthy and complex layers establish the conditions for the economic and social success of the route.