In December 2012, Alderman John Mar and I, in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, brought forward a motion to City Council regarding the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study in response to the concerns raised at the November open houses. Council supported the motion unanimously to put the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study on hold and direct further study.
Council directed City Administration to cease design work for Crowchild Trail, and create a new approach for all transportation corridor studies. The desired outcome is a policy that balances mobility through and across corridors for all transportation modes, with preserving and improving local communities as outlined in the PlanIt Calgary policy.
Council’s new directive removes the urgency felt by the communities at the open houses. The next steps below outline how the Transportation Department has been directed to move forward, and they are required to invite all interested Calgarians to participate prior to creating new designs or proposing any changes. It is important to note that there is no funding available for Crowchild Trail corridor upgrades, so it is important that we take the time to get it right.
1.Communication. Inform impacted residents and businesses of the new direction, and emphasize that the proposed design concepts from November 2012 open houses are not being considered.
2.New Work Plan. The Transportation Department is establishing a work plan for the Terms of Reference for corridor studies. Transportation will present the work plan to Council through the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation and Transit on March 20, 2013.
3.Terms of Reference. Through the remainder of 2013, the Transportation Department will be working with other City departments and engaging Calgarians to create a new policy for transportation corridor studies. This document, which will ultimately guide the implementation of future transportation corridor studies city-wide, will be presented to Council through the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation & Transit for approval in late 2013.
4.Crowchild Trail Corridor Study. The Transportation Department anticipates the Crowchild Trail Corridor Study will re-start in 2014, based on Council approved Terms of Reference that include policy on how to engage with Calgarians.
5.Consultation. All new work on Crowchild Trail will include a greater level of public engagement involving the communities along the corridor, with a particular emphasis on the most impacted neighbourhoods.
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