Last night (Monday) I attended a public consultation meeting at city hall regarding a request for amendments to the Official Community Plan and rezoning to accommodate a six-unit townhouse on a lot on Renner Road, in the South Lakeside area of the city (the neighbourhood is currently single family homes).
If you have driven Renner Road, you know that it is narrow at best and has limited to no shoulders, never mind any resemblance of sidewalks for the school kids who access Kwaleen School along this route.
Could this be misconstrued as forward thinking to add additional development, increasing density and traffic flow without first addressing valid safety concerns raised at the meeting?
Although when you consider some city council development decisions made previously, in the South Lakeside area, it could be said that forward thinking was not a strong component in the thought process; case in point the absence of adequate road development for Wal-Mart access and the pellet plant location.
South Lakeside Drive itself represents a daily challenge to drivers, pedestrians, bikers, and joggers.
I am not against development in the city but first let’s address the valid infrastructure and safety concerns already identified by the existing residents prior to increasing the density.