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Good Neighbour Policy

Purpose: This policy provides clarity on the relationship between the Peterborough to Hastings Trail Management Group (PHTMG) and adjacent land owners, permitted trail uses, and provides guidelines on monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.

  1. PHTMG is a not for profit organization; its organizational structure provides for multiple stakeholder representation including but not limited to adjacent landowners, user groups, institutional and municipal representatives.
  2. Regular communication with the Public will be maintained through use of PHTMG Website.
  3. Insurance coverage will be maintained by the PHTMG as it relates to the responsibilities of the Organization and obligations for the trail.
  4. The PHTMG will make every attempt to accommodate, individuals and groups with special needs that may not be traditional users of a trail, including the elderly, persons with disabilities, school educational programs and other persons with special needs.
  5. Signs will be posted, and appropriate gateways/barriers installed at entrances to the trail and road crossings, that clearly indicate the uses permitted, rules for the use, and contact information for the PHTMG.
  6. The PHTMG will conduct regular patrols to inspect the line for damage, environmental problems and other physical characteristics that require maintenance or repair.
  7. The PHTMG will work in consultation with the police department having jurisdiction in the area to devise a patrol and enforcement strategy.
  8. When preparing management or operational plans the PHTMG will contact all affected adjacent landowners to consider details development proposal and the trail use.
  9. Where a landowner owns, or a farmer requires access to lands on both sides of the line, that owner shall be entitled to a crossing of the line. The Landowner is expected to consult with the PHTMG regarding the location, and design of any such crossing.
  10. Permitted Trail uses include: hiking/walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and snowmobiling.
  11. Other than those exemptions listed in items 12-13 (below) no motorized vehicle shall use the trail, except as authorized for trail maintenance, patrol, and emergency purposes.
  12. Right angle crossing of the trail by adjacent landowner and farmers for access to their lands, moving of equipment, and maintenance is permitted.
  13. Snowmobiling may be permitted, subject to the detailed conditions listed below.
    1. Winter snowmobiling activities will share the line with non-motorized uses.
    2. Improvements for snowmobiling will be compatible with other non-motorized uses.
    3. Existing use by local Snowmobiling club be continued.
  14. ATVs and motorcycles are not permitted.