In response to Council’s Notice of Motion NM2012-51, City Administration conducted an 18-month transportation corridor study review project. The resulting Transportation Corridor Study Policy was approved by Council on July 28, 2014. Council also directed City Administration to re-start the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study in Q3 2014, and report back by end of Q2 2016 on the implementation of the Policy for the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study and other transportation corridor studies initiated after approval of the Policy.
Overview of the Policy
The Transportation Corridor Study Policy provides a more consistent, open, and collaborative approach to how The City conducts transportation corridor studies by engaging stakeholders and citizens and incorporating their feedback where possible into the study decision-making process.
A transportation corridor study examines the current and future transportation planning needs for a specific area of the city. These studies help shape how people travel and how goods are moved across the city for years to come. Stakeholder and citizen input is important to help ensure study recommendations are relevant to the needs of people who live in adjacent communities and those who use the corridor.
In addition to the Policy, the project team has created a set of guidelines for future Transportation Corridor Studies, the Guidelines reiterate the City's commitment, as demonstrated by the Transportation Corridor Study Policy, to involve stakeholders early in the project process, incorporate their input at key points throughout, and report back to stakeholders on how their input was integrated, or explain why not.
Review project: public engagement process
May 6, 2014 – Information Sessions: The project team presented the draft policy to the public for feedback before finalizing the document for report to Committee. The sessions were held in Historic City Hall and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.
April 2014 – Part 1: Consultant engagement workshop: Third-party consultants that had worked on previous City transportation corridor study projects were invited to a workshop on April 8, 2014. Feedback gathered was used to help draft the new Policy. Part 2: Citizen Working Group: 17 external stakeholders and citizens volunteered to take part in a Citizen Working Group. Feedback from the April 12 and April 24, 2014 meetings were also used draft the policy, which was then reviewed by the Citizen Working Group.
March 2014 - Conversations: Planning Transportation Corridors workshops: Transportation Planning invited external stakeholders and citizens to attend one of two workshops on March 8, 2014 to learn more about the Transportation Corridor Study Review and to “share learning” about what has been heard through previous engagement, through research into best practices and previous case studies. In total, approximately 25 people attended.
During the workshops, attendees were asked to put themselves in the position of The City’s Transportation Planning team and use a provided fictitious transportation corridor study scenario to create a plan for communicating and engaging the public. View some of the feedback provided at the workshop.
February 2014 - On the Road with the Transportation Corridor Study Review Project Team: The project team hit the road to bring the Transportation Corridor Review Project to stakeholders and citizens. The project team visited various locations around the city to share information about the project, to answer questions and to share what we have learned through the engagement program to date.
June and November 2013 - Conversations: Planning Transportation Corridors workshops: Workshops were held on June 20, Nov. 20 and Nov. 23, 2013. In total, 61 people participated. Attendees answered four, two part questions, had small group discussions and recorded their comments. Feedback gathered from these events was used to inform the planning process for the next phase of engagement. See the event summary and verbatim notes from the workshops.