Consultation has ended.... thank you for your comments!
Updates on the policy progress will be provided here.

Hit The Brakes, Lanark County!

Provide Your Input on the Draft Speed Management Policy by Monday, August 7, 2023 

Lanark County is introducing a new Speed Management Policy for County Roads to align with best practices, while considering local context and available resources. The update includes a review process for considering speed management measures (including traffic calming) and updated warrants for speed limit modifications and the implementation of Community Safety Zones. It also includes a “toolbox” of up-to-date traffic calming strategies and measures. 

The updated policy aims to provide a transparent and standardized process for addressing public concerns about vehicle speeds on County Roads. It will help County staff to identify and prioritize eligible locations for speed management measures and select the most appropriate technique. The policy is intended to improve safety for all road users, reduce incidents of aggressive driving, and improve livability for community residents. 

The County of Lanark is looking for your feedback on the draft Speed Management Policy. You can submit your responses using the form below until Monday, August 7, 2023. 

All input received will be compiled in a report and presented to the County’s Public Works Committee on August 16, 2023. 

PLEASE NOTE: The proposed Speed Management Policy only involves roads governed by the County of Lanark. Provincial highways ie Hwy 7 and Hwy 15 and local Municipal roads are not included in the review process.

View the Draft Speed Management Policy here.



What is the Lanark County Speed Management Policy? 

The Speed Management Policy lays out the process to initiate, review, install, monitor, and assess speed management measures on County Roads in an equitable and consistent manner. The policy describes the steps and process for responding to resident traffic safety concerns. This includes the use of Community Safety Zones, speed limit changes, and traffic calming measures. The policy sets out a step-by-step process to evaluate appropriate speed management measures specific to Lanark County. The policy also provides a list of traffic calming measures that could be used by the County. 

What is Speed Management? 

Speed management “is the act of influencing drivers to adopt speeds the offer mobility without unduly compromising safety.” It includes a wide variety of techniques (including traffic calming) to maximize compliance with properly set speed limits. Used effectively, speed management can reduce incidences of motorists driving too fast for conditions. 

What is Traffic Calming? 

Traffic calming is a set of measures used to “calm” traffic. The goal is to create safer streets for all users. This includes pedestrians, people who use mobility devices, cyclists, and motorists. Used effectively, traffic calming measures can reduce speeds, limit cut-through traffic, and discourage poor driving habits, such as distracted or aggressive driving. 

What is a Traffic Calming Toolbox? 

A Traffic Calming Toolbox is a set of potential solutions that might be considered to address traffic concerns on a specific road. The Toolbox has been developed with local context in mind and provides guidance on the following: 

  • Appropriate traffic calming measures for use on County Roads; 

  • Locations and types of roads that qualify for traffic calming; and 

  • Timing for requests for installation of a traffic calming measure. 

Who can I contact if I have any questions? 

Questions should be directed to Sean Derouin, Public Works Manager. Sean can be reached at  

When will the update be completed? 

All input will be compiled in a report and presented to the County’s Public Works Committee on August 16, 2023. 


Contact Us