TRAFFIC! As bad as it is - when we’re
not backed up, we’re racing against stop lights and ignoring
stop signs - it is going to get worse.
You may have noticed that there is more development to the north
and east of us. When it is fully built out and occupied our streets
will be more congested and our drivers more frustrated. What can
COUNCILLOR BRENDA HOGG
TOWN OF RICHMOND HILL
TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS SOUTH OF FRANK ENDEAN ROAD LIFTED !!
Traffic was not permitted to travel south from Frank Endean Road
onto Spadina Road between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11:00 a.m. - 4:00
p.m. Sat. and Sun. This bylaw was passed in order to protect residents
on Spadina Road from the anticipated shopping traffic from the proposed
‘World Centre’ mall at Major Mackenzie and Bayview Ave.
Since the ‘World Centre’ is not going to be built, I
asked residents to come to Council and fight this bylaw. They did
and they won! Now, the only traffic restrictions are between 7:00
a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Mon. through Fri. to prevent infiltration traffic
during the morning rush hours. The signs should be changed and will
be changed by the Region- since it is their by-law. Less regulation
= better traffic flow = less frustration.
COME ONE, COME ALL... more development!
Many residents have shown an interest in the development of the
Oak Ridges Moraine. The Mayor has called a Special Meeting of Council
on Wednesday, January 12, 2000 in Council chambers at 7:30 p.m.
to introduce new policies for the proposed Official Plan Amendment
which would designate the entire Town as urban zoning. No more rural
zoning. No more open land south of Oak Ridges and more development
on the moraine.
With this change to the official plan, any development applications
which meet the current bylaws would be approved. I believe that
this action is premature and should follow, not precede, the Provincial
response to the development of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Any effort
to urbanize the moraine should be based on what we have learned
from the development already approved after its impact has been
ELGIN MILLS ROAD CONSTRUCTION - COMMUNITY MEETINGS:
Elgin Mills Road is now open to all traffic. There have been many
complaints from residents who back onto Elgin Mills Road between
Newkirk Rd. and Bayview Ave. so I have arranged a community meeting
on Thursday, January 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Richmond
Green Sports Centre, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East. Engineering and
Transportation staff from the Region and the Town will be present.
If you want your concerns to be addressed, please attend this very
important meeting. See you there!
A public consultation centre/open house to review and discuss the
improvement of Elgin Mills from Bayview to Woodbine Ave. will be
held Thursday, January 20, 2000 at the Richmond Green Sports Centre,
1300 Elgin Mills Road East. All are welcome.
SENIORS’ RESIDENCE ON CROSBY? Is not to be.
A proposed Seniors’ residence on Crosby Avenue near Newkirk
Rd. was not approved by Council because it would set several precedents
which are not appropriate for the planning of our local businesses
on Newkirk nor would the size be appropriate for the existing residential
communities to the east.
The proposal called for a maximum five storey building behind Canasia
Inc. (the old Scholastic Building on Newkirk at Crosby). The land
was not zoned for residential development and would need re-zoning.
The new zoning would erode the industrial area and reduce the value
of the businesses. The 5 storey height is excessive in the middle
of a concession block and would be more appropriate on an arterial
road like Yonge, Bayview, or Major MacKenzie Drive. The project
anticipated 87 rental units - mostly one bedroom apartments.
While we need more rental units across the Region and we definitely
need more retirement housing, we must encourage this type of development
on residential lands so we do not interfere with other businesses
and housing must be designed to an appropriate scale.
Thank you to all the residents who made me aware of their retirement
needs, I will continue to help any development which will improve
the lives of our Seniors.
As a member of the Neighbourhood Traffic Safety Committee, I have
supported the creation of a traffic safety brochure to outline Town
procedures for traffic safety and to remind residents that good
driving habits begin with you.
I have also supported the use of our radar message board which
you may have seen on Centre Street East during the last few months.
This device is placed on local roads where police and residents
are concerned with speeding. It displays the vehicle speed so that
the driver may be reminded to obey the speed limit. Police have
also taken a strong stand against drivers who speed in our community
safety zones. Fines are doubled in theses areas and the police tell
me that drivers who get caught are quite rude. Unfortunately, the
only way to get the message across seems to be to hit them in the
I know that the majority of the public would like to see more action
taken to reduce the traffic infiltration in our neighbourhoods and
particularly to find ways to reduce speeds. It seems that everyone
wants to have more stop signs - even if few drivers actually stop.
We want more traffic calming structures built but in Toronto the
taxpayers are now paying to have them removed. Then there are many
requests for more police action when the police are struggling to
reduce many other criminal activities. This problem is the result
of rapid growth and our reduced ability to manage public systems
within the public’s expectations. I will continue to work
on it but it cannot be resolved alone.
CENTRE STREET EAST IMPROVEMENTS TO COME?
Once again, the road alignment on Centre Street at the C.N.R. tracks
is being considered for improvements. The best but most expensive
improvement would be to turn Centre St. E. at the tracks into a
cul de sac and connect Centre St. from Pugsley to Newkirk just south
of its current location. This would eliminate the curve on Centre
and allow emergency vehicles a clear, unobstructed view of the C.N.R.
crossing. Before any decisions are made there will be a full public
meeting which I anticipate by Spring - stay tuned.