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Street Names

City Council Motion No. 563

Covers: All City of Brandon Streets

Adopted: October 5th, 2009 Resolution No. 1157

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Purpose:To establish a policy which City Administration must utilize to provide a unique identifying name for each street located within the City of Brandon

Policy: That Brandon City Council shall approve the naming of all municipal streets within the City of Brandon in the form of a plan of subdivision or a City by-law on the recommendation from the Property Administration Section.

 

Definitions

City - means the area incorporated and known as the City of Brandon.

Council - means the duly elected Council of the City of Brandon.

Development Services Division - means the Development Services Division of the City of Brandon.

Highway - means a designated or declared provincial highway, and/or street allowances and streets dedicated to the public use of highways under The Municipal Act or any other Act of Legislature.

Municipal Street - means all right-of-ways within the boundaries of the City.

Property Administration Section - means the Property Administration Section of the Development Services Division of the City of Brandon.

Sector - means an area of the City comprised of a large subdivision or a group of subdivisions that has an established theme which has been approved by Council.

Subdivision - means a division of a single parcel of land into smaller parcels (lots) by submitting a plan describing the division, and obtaining the final approval of the Brandon and Area Planning District (BAPD).

 

Objectives

  • To define the limits of the various sectors within the limits of the City of Brandon.
  • To recommend a theme or themes to be used for street names within the various sectors and/or subdivisions of the City.
  • To recommend street names within each subdivision, in accordance with the general theme assigned to various sectors of the City.
  • To determine for each type of street the proper definition, (i.e. Bay, Avenue, Drive, Street, Lane, etc.).
  • To review street names currently in use for public, as well as private streets in an attempt to avoid duplication and confusion.
  • To establish a street names registry that may be used in the future by developers and City Administration in the naming of streets.

 

Statutory Authority for Street Names

  • In accordance with Section 232 (1) (d) of The Municipal Act, City Council may pass by-laws for assigning street names to municipal streets located within the jurisdiction of the City.
  • In addition to such names being established by by-law, a municipal street within the limits of the City may be named in a Plan of Subdivision which establishes a new highway pursuant to The Planning Act.
  • No by-law or Plan of Subdivision establishing or altering the name of a municipal street has any force or effect unless either is registered in the Brandon Land Titles Office.

 

Policies

In the process for the approval of street names the following shall be adhered to:

  • That the City reserves its right to rename any street, including duplicate street names, in the interest of public safety.
  • That the selection of a street name should generally be in reference to groups, places, people, events, and matters/objects related to the area, the City and its citizens.
  • That the owner/developer/applicant shall give special consideration to names in the City’s Street Name Registry.
  • That names of living persons or companies used for the purpose of advertising shall not be permitted.
  • That there shall be no use of awkward, corrupt, discriminatory, or derogatory names, in regard to race, sex, colour, creed, political affiliation, or other social factors.
  • That the Street Naming Policy document shall apply to both public and private roadways, including condominium roadways, where names are deemed necessary by the General Manager of Development Services.
  • That the Property Administration Section shall review names on all new City streets, which names shall appear on the provisional plan of subdivision submitted to the City’s Development Services Division for consideration.
  • That the City shall not be responsible or liable for any costs to the land owner(s) associated with the street name changes.
  • That requests from City Departments and/or other agencies with respect to changing street names shall be considered in the interest of public safety.
  • That there shall be no re-use of former/discontinued street names.

 

Guidelines

New street names shall conform to the following guidelines:

  • Proposed street name(s) shall be reviewed to avoid street name duplication on a city-wide basis, including duplication with abutting municipalities, or which sound similar or have similar spelling or have similar pronunciation.
  • New subdivisions shall have a theme for street names within the development and new street names shall be consistent with this theme.
  • Subdivision themes and suggested street names shall be kept on a list for future use, if needed or requested by the owner/developer/applicant. These names are to be pre-approved by the Planning Commission.
  • Names suggested shall not have more than two words with the use of Special Characters, such as hyphens, apostrophes, or dashes.
  • The person after whom a street is named must be at least one of the following:
    1. a person who demonstrates excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to service in ways that bring special credit to the City;
    2. a person who volunteers and gives extraordinary help or care to individuals, families or groups, or supports community services or humanitarian causes;
    3. a person who fosters equality and reduces discrimination;
    4. a person who risks his or her life to save or protect others;
    5. a person who achieves a deed or activity performed in an outstanding professional manner or of an uncommonly high standard that brings considerable benefit or great honor to the City; or
    6. a former Mayor or City Councillor of the City.
  • Substantiation is required if there is any, (i.e. Historical and/or Personal significance for a person’s last name).
  • Street extensions shall continue with the existing street names and shall not change at an intersection, curve, or some other point.
  • New streets shall use the approved street suffixes as defined in this policy, which best suit the type of street being developed.
  • No new street shall begin with the use of “Old” or “New” as a base name.
  • No abbreviations, suffixes, or a single letter of the alphabet shall be used as a base name in the naming of streets.
  • Names shall be easily recognizable, readable and spellable.
  • A street name which is assigned to a street which is not constructed as a through street due to intervening land over which the street extension has been planned, may be continued for the separate portions of the planned through street.

 

Procedures

The procedures for new street names shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  • The owner/developer/applicant shall obtain a copy of suggested “Subdivision Themes and Street Names”, and the “Street Naming Policy” from the Development Services Division.
  • The owner/developer/applicant shall submit a written list of proposed street names, their locations shown on a reduced 8½" x 11" copy of the proposed plan of subdivision, and background information on the proposed names to the Development Services Division who will forward the proposed names to the Planning Commission for approval.
  • The proposed names will be reviewed by the Planning Commission to determine whether the development is a continuation of an existing theme, or the creation of a new theme with special consideration to local groups, places, people, events, and matters/objects related to the area, the City and its citizens, the Province and/or Canada.
  • If the proposed names are acceptable to the Planning Commission, the Development Services Division will add the proposed street names to the City’s list of reserved/held street name directory for use by the proponent of the names on the proposed plan of subdivision. The owner/developer/applicant shall be required to show the approved names on their plan of subdivision prior to registration in the Brandon Land Titles Office.
  • If the proposed names are not acceptable to the Planning Commission or Council due to restrictions as indicated in this policy document, the owner/developer/applicant shall be required to submit alternative names.
  • If the owner/developer/applicant is not subdividing the land, approval of the proposed street name(s) shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to a building permit being issued, and subsequently approved by Council through a by-law which will be registered in the Brandon Land Titles Office.
  • It is the responsibility of the owner/developer/applicant to work in conjunction with the City’s Operational Services Division to install street name signs for their development.
  • If a resident has a suggestion for a street name, a written letter can be submitted to the Development Services Division with the proposed name and a brief background. The Planning Commission will then review the submission, and if acceptable, the Development Services Division will add it to the Street Names Registry for possible future use.

 

City Council Responsibilities

  • To consider all reports and recommendations submitted by City Administration and when appropriate, pass a resolution concerning the recommendation.
  • To pass by-laws naming streets within the City in accordance with the provisions of The Municipal Act.
  • To approve the naming of streets included in plans of subdivision submitted by the Planning Department of the Development Services Division and/or Planning Commission.

 

Street Re-Naming Procedures

  • Duplication of a street name occurs when there are two or more unconnected portions of a street with the same name within the City.
  • Consideration to rename a street shall only be given when renaming would provide a general improvement to the City’s administration of essential services and in the interest of public safety.
  • In the case of a name change, the applicant shall submit a petition in support of the change to the City with the names, addresses and signatures of all residents who reside on or own property that fronts on or is adjacent to the subject street.
  • The proposed new street name will be reviewed by the Planning Commission, and subsequently approved by Council by by-law after which the required document will be registered in the Brandon Land Titles Office.
  • When considering renaming a public street or private road, the Development Services Division shall choose a solution that addresses public safety concerns and shall also have regard for the following:
    1. the potential confusion created for emergency and other municipal services, commercial delivery services, and the traveling public by renaming the street;
    2. the number of residential units affected and potential costs to residents\owners;
    3. the number and type of businesses affected and potential costs to owners\occupiers;
    4. the costs of replacing street and traffic signs;
    5. the historical significance, if any, of the existing street name;
  • All resident(s) shall bear their own costs for address change notifications when the change of a street name is petitioned by the resident(s).
  • When the City determines a name change will provide a general improvement to the City’s administration of essential services and in the interest of public safety, costs for street name changes shall be borne by the City.

 

PDF Logo Street Name Registry (38 KB)

PDF Logo Street Name Suffixes (20 KB)

 

*Where there is any conflict between the policies and procedures adopted by the City of Brandon and the policies and procedures set forth in a collective agreement adopted by the City of Brandon, or policies and procedures set forth in a statute of the Provincial or Federal Government, the collective agreement or the Provincial or Federal statute shall supersede such other policies or procedures..

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