Recommended Plan Released for Public Comment – McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro ATM Study

31 01 2012

In case you missed it on our Councillor’s site, today is the last day to submit comments on the McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro ATM Study at: www.ottawa.ca/mckellaratm. You can also submit comments to  Katherine.Hobbs@ottawa.ca

The following is from an email that was circulated from the City of Ottawa:

This Recommended Plan is essentially the same plan that was presented to the Pubic Working Group in 2008, and which focuses on providing visual cues to motorists about being in a residential area, and driving accordingly, and about facilitating pedestrian crossing movements.

This overall study process has seen many challenges along the way – some of which remain unresolved even today.  A significant challenge, in fact, relates to the amount of time that has transpired since most of the data and input for this study were collected and analyzed, leaving the potential for concerns being raised regarding the continued validity of this data.  Starting this process over again, however, is not an option.  While the data and public input utilized thus far may in some cases be outdated, the likelihood of an updated process resulting in substantially different recommendations than those brought forward in 2008 is seen as being relatively low.

In 2008, at the time the preliminary traffic management plan was presented to the study Public Working Group, the intent was to follow-up with a Public Open House where the plan would be presented to the general public for comment, and to subsequently seek formal approval of the proposed plan.  Some members of the Public Working Group, however, expressed significant concerns over the lack of recommendations aimed at reducing traffic volumes.  The main focus of these concerns related to traffic use of streets in the McKellar Park Community, and most particularly around what some participants considered to be excessive traffic activities on the Fraser Avenue connection to/from Sherbourne Road.  As a result, at the request of the Ward Councillor at the time, the formal study process was essentially put on hold in order to permit the McKellar Park Community to bring forward other potential solutions for consideration, and to allow the Community to attempt to reach an internal consensus on an alternative plan that they would like the City to consider.  The formal McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro Area Traffic Management Study process has essentially been on hold since 2008.  There have been, however, informal discussions with the McKellar Park representatives since that time regarding further options.

More recently, as part of Council’s process of approving overall Council priorities for the current term of Council, as well as through associated Capital budget process considerations regarding the Area Traffic Management Program, Council recently directed that staff report back with an Area Traffic Management program priority update in the first quarter of 2012.  Council also approved $2.5M in Capital funding (as part of the 2012 Budget) for the implementation of approved area traffic management measures, while indicating this was intended as the full funding allocation for this program for the current term of Council (i.e., through to the end of 2014).  With this in mind, continued delays in finalizing the McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro Area Traffic Management Study would mean that recommendations from this study would not be considered for implementation until after the next round of municipal elections.

The detour plan that was in place this past fall provided additional insights into the potential benefits and impacts of traffic volume solutions, but has not provided any obvious traffic volume management solutions that could be expected to achieve broader, community-wide, support.  If anything, these detours have raised overall levels of concern and sensitivities regarding traffic volume management solutions, and highlighted the importance of maintaining good connections for the overall community.

Given the above considerations, it is recommended that the City proceed with approval of the recommended plan, as initially proposed in 2008, by mid-February of this year, to allow the City to take advantage of potentially the only available source of implementation funding before the end of the current term of Council.  By doing this, recommended measures from the study would be considered in the report being brought before Transportation Committee and Council, in April of this year, on implementation priorities for the area traffic management program.

The stated emphasis of the 2008 plan, which was about focusing on providing visual cues to motorists about being within a residential area, and driving accordingly, and about facilitating pedestrian crossings, remains valid today.

The need for traffic calming measures along Fraser Avenue, in light of both the high volume of traffic and speeds, also remains valid today.   As mentioned earlier, it is recognized that some residents along Fraser Avenue may not support the use of speed humps along their street, as recommended.  As such, the suggested approach for moving forward with approval would be to seek approval of the 2008 plan, as proposed, but with a commitment to Fraser Avenue residents to work with them on refining these proposed traffic calming measures.  As stated above, where area residents do not support the proposed measures every effort will be made to find alternative measures, within the same general range of implementation costs, and that are seen as appropriate for addressing the confirmed issues and are not expected to result in any significant traffic volume shifts to other community streets.

Given the significant time constraints for being able to consider measures from this study as part of the 2012 funding envelope, an accelerated approval process is also being proposed, as follows:

Early January 2012

  •  Distribute the recommended plan to members of the Public Working Group for this study for comment, along with details of intended approval process
  • Circulate the recommended plan to technical agencies for comment
  • Provide public notice of the recommended plan being available for review and comment through the City’s website, with comment deadline by the end of January
  • Post the recommended plan through the City’s website, with details on how to provide comments

End of January 2012

  • Deadline for public comment on recommended plan

Early February 2012

  • Seek Delegated Authority approval of recommended plan (after considering public comments received), including Ward Councillor concurrence

 

 

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Richmond Road / Westboro Transportation Management Implementation Plan: Public Open House

14 09 2010

This just came in from the City of Ottawa.

>We would like to invite you to attend a second Public Open House scheduled for this Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church (located at 347 Richmond Road). This open house will give you a chance to comment on a series of initiatives that are proposed to be implemented in your community over the next 15 years to encourage a shift from auto dependence to more sustainable modes of transportation (walking, cycling, transit, etc.).

This meeting is open to the general public.

Please see this PDF for more information.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to obtain further information, please contact :

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning Branch
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 26087
Fax:  613-580-2578
E-Mail:  steven.boyle@ottawa.ca

or

Tim Dickinson, M.Pl., MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner
MMM Group Limited
1111 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 302
Ottawa , Ontario  K2C 3T2
Tel.: 613.274.3200 Ext. 3546
Fax: 613.236.2270
E-Mail: DickinsonT@mmm.ca





Richmond Road/Westboro Transportation Management Implementation Plan Open House

23 06 2010

As part of the Council approved Richmond Road/Westboro Community Design Plan direction was given to develop a Transportation Management Implementation Plan (TMIP) for this area.

The main aim of the project is to detail how over a period of years a lower automobile modal share could be achieved though the identification and evaluation of initiatives to promote transit and other non-vehicular modes of transportation (e.g. cycling, pedestrian, and other transportation demand management initiatives).

These measures would reduce vehicle dependency in order to accommodate anticipated development in the Richmond Road/Westboro community and to respond to future capacity deficiencies in the Richmond Road corridor.

You are invited to an Open House at:

Tuesday June 29, 2010
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
All Saints Anglican Church, Main Hall
347 Richmond Road

In order to:

  • share feedback about existing barriers to non-vehicular modes of transportation
  • get information about existing vehicle trips and future goals for trip reductions, current City of Ottawa citywide plans and other potential initiatives

View this PDF for details.





Tweedsmuir sidewalk update

14 06 2010

For anyone following this issue, City Council has cancelled the proposed sidewalk for Tweedsmuir Ave. Therefore there will be no tree removal, no loss of parking, no widening of the road.





Report on the Evered Traffic meeting

11 11 2009

by Deb Chapman, Evered resident

A meeting on November 2nd was organized by Mothercraft and the residents of Evered Ave in Westboro to present their concerns to Councillor Christine Leadman the problems with the volume of traffic and parking congestion on the street.   Three members from Mothercraft’s management and board and ten Evered Ave residents attended this meeting.   This meeting allowed the residents of Evered Ave and Mothercraft to identify problem areas and possible solutions.  Christine Leadman’s experience as Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward was invited to advise on how the City of Ottawa could help improve the traffic/parking problems on Evered Ave. 

Read the rest of this entry »





Evered Avenue traffic meeting

2 11 2009

Councillor Christine Leadman will meet with concerned residents to discuss the traffic and parking issues affecting Evered Avenue.

When: Monday November 2, 2009
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Where: Mothercraft boardroom, 475 Evered Avenue

For more information contact Deb Chapman at debchapman@magma.ca





McKellar Park Traffic Study Meeting

15 04 2009

Our neighbours at the McKellar Park Community Association (MPCA) are inviting residents to find out what has been happening regarding traffic in the community and have their say regarding what can be done to make improvements.

Where: Dovercourt Recreation Centre, Studio
When: Monday April 20, 2009, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Outcomes of an MPCA proposal may affect Westboro residents.

MPCA is proposing closing the five streets where they meet Sherbourne Avenue: Fraser, Windermere, Courtenay, Rowanwood and Redwood.

Visit the MPCA website at www.mckellarpark.org.








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