The hierarchy of gateway features includes community level features, such as the Kanata sign along Highway 417, primary neighbourhood features, such as the Chapel Hill feature on Orleans Boulevard, secondary neighbourhood features, and private or condominium features. Table 1.0 outlines the characteristics of each of these hierarchy levels.
|Community||Permanent||Located on the right of way of arterial roads. This can include medians, roundabouts or intersections.|
|Primary Neighbourhood||Permanent||Located on the right of way of major collector road intersections or at the intersection of major collectors and arterial roads. This can include medians, roundabouts or intersections.|
|Secondary Neighbourhood||Temporary||Located on private property at the intersection of collector road intersections or at the intersection of collectors and major collector roads.|
|Private / Condo||Permanent||Located on private property.|
Community level features are permanent features, yet they are not usually approved as part of the development review process. These higher level features are typically installed and maintained upon approval by Council, separately from the development review process.
Primary neighbourhood features are permanent elements which are located on the right of way, and approved as part of the development review process. The developer is responsible for the cost of installation, initial maintenance for a one year warranty period, and contribution to the Maintenance Fund, which funds the necessary maintenance required for a gateway once it is turned over to the City. There may be some instances in which the City decides to partner with a developer, in order to construct a community level feature as part of a development approval process. In such cases, the community feature would follow the same guidelines and standards as at the primary neighbourhood level.
Secondary neighbourhood features are defined as temporary, and must be removed at the developer’s cost after build-out of the development, per the City’s Signs By-law No. 2005-439 as amended. These features are located on private property, such as a corner residential lot within a subdivision.
Private or condominium features are permanent features located on private property. These features remain the responsibility of the property owner/condominium corporation for the life of the feature, and must comply with the City’s Signs By-law No. 2005-439 as amended.