1. How would this development affect parking in Wildwood? What kind of controls could be put in place? Could this proposal consider underground parking for potential building residents?
We have an idea of what parking could look like but we will not know the impact on parking in the area until the development details are more specifically defined during the development permit stage. There are too many variables not approved at this stage such as land use, commercial space and number of units.
An independent engineering firm will prepare a parking study prior to decisions being made related to the level of parking provided. This study occurs as part of the development permit process.
Underground parking is not being considered because the costs associated with a building that has underground parking exceeds the project budget.
About the alley
1. How would a building like this affect traffic in alleys?
A preliminary pre-application review by The City's Planning department did not identify high traffic volumes along the adjacent alleyways and streets, nor an unsafe or congested condition resulting from adding 48 units to the site.
The Planning department requires on-site parking to be accessed from the alley. Our proposal does not change the alley from its current condition with the exception that the Planning department may ask us to pave a portion of the alley adjacent to the site.
1. Will there be a traffic study?
A traffic study is an engineering study of traffic patterns and street capacity. There is currently no plan to conduct a traffic study as the number of units being proposed is considered to fall well within The City's guidelines related to minimal impact to traffic. A preliminary pre-application review by The City's Planning department did not identify high traffic volumes along the adjacent alleyways and streets, nor an unsafe or congested condition resulting from adding 48 units to the site. Recognizing that the community believes there is a concern, we will invite representatives of the various departments (Planning, Urban Development, Transportation, Parks) to attend a community event to address these concerns.
1. Will potential future residents be able to access transit?
All area residents will have access to routes 17, 70 and 93 as well as walkable access to the West LRT’s Westbrook station.