City Council has directed that the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study be put on hold until mid-2014, and as a result all work related to the draft plans presented at the fall 2012 open houses has stopped.
The public response to the Crowchild Trail Study encouraged the Transportation Department to take a step back and review the policy for transportation corridors, city-wide. The review will develop principles that will guide all future corridors studies, not just Crowchild Trail, and will include an improved framework for public consultation. Other objectives include the need to limit negative impacts on neighbouring communities, identify opportunities to enhance adjacent neighbourhoods, and ensure improved mobility for transit, pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorists. The new corridor policy framework, approved at the March 20, 2013 Standing Policy Committee (SPC) on Transportation and Transit, will be presented to Council for approval in May 2014.
Once the policy is approved, the Transportation team will reinitiate the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study, later in 2014.
“Network Planning is committed to ensuring that sustainable modes of transportation are not only considered, but are incorporated into all of our corridor studies.”
- Cameron Matwie, Manager Network Planning
Previous Council Direction
In December 2012, Council directed that all work on Crowchild Trail stop immediately, based on unanimous support for the Notice of Motion that The Mayor, Alderman John Mar and I brought forward. Council also directed a review of our corridor policy city-wide, which will ultimately guide Administration through a more collaborative process with citizens in all future Transportation Corridor Studies.
There is currently no funding available for Crowchild Trail corridor upgrades, so it is important that we take the time to get it right.
Crowchild Corridor Council (C3)
I am aware of the Crowchild Corridor Council that formed in response to the fall 2012 open houses, and it certainly doesn’t hurt for communities to get together to discuss issues. In fact, I encouraged it when I was worried that we didn’t have Council’s support to stop the draft plan. However, unanimous support of the Council motion removed the urgency and any need for immediate action by concerned residents. The Transportation Department are now required to invite all interested Calgarians to participate prior to creating new designs or proposing changes.
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