We are about to build some new mega-hospitals in Montreal, Canada.
One of them will be placed directly downwind from the intersection of two highways (currently 300 000 vehicles per day, many of them trucks). The mega-hospital will include two children's hospitals at the closest point to this intersection, less that 500 feet away (200 metres).
Are we about to make a big mistake?
Any advice on ordinances, laws, regulations, guidelines etc that advise or prohibit locating hospitals next to highways, most welcome.
Here is a link to the best reference we have found, to date:
California Air Resources Board. Air Quality and Land Use Handbook. Published 2005.
"Avoid siting new sensitive land uses within 500 feet of a freeway, urban roads with 100 000 vehicles/day, or rural roads with 50 000 vehicles/day", with hospitals in their list of sensitive land uses.
A handbook is one thing: hard-edged laws and ordinances are another. I am looking for the Hardest stuff out there that regulates proximity and sensitive land uses.
Any help or advice welcome.
For details on our Montreal debate, see: www.turcot.ca
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I am a first-timer to this forum...!
Jason Prince, Urban Planner
Research Coordinator (CURA)
School of Urban Planning