I want to know more about you. Of course, I always want to know about your thoughts on our progress and different projects in the community, but this time, it’s personal. I want you to participate in Edmonton’s 2016 census.
Collaborating to plan and operate our transit systems in sync has been something that the City of Edmonton and it’s partners have been talking about it for years, both at a local and regional level.
Update, March 21 11:30am: The feedback from the meeting on Saturday clearly leaned in favour of the route on 43rd Avenue as opposed to either option on 40th Avenue when it comes to building appropriate cycling infrastructure for the area. The $2 million cost for the route on 43rd Ave is much more reasonable - there is no way I can justify spending $12-17 million dollars on a route on 40th Avenue. The reason that option was presented however is there were a good number of people in the area who asked to see physically separated lanes on 40th as a choice. But after learning of the price it is clearly not even in the conversation, even for those same people. The outcomes of the public engagement, both from Saturday's event and the many other's we've held will be presented to Council at a meeting in late April/early May.
Update March 17, 3:30pm: Council voted in favour of Administration pursuing more information on the potential utility models and the opportunities to include other renewable sources in the Blatchford vision. This will delay the start of infrastructure construction on the project for one year.
When Council made the decision to use the City Centre Airport lands to develop a residential neighbourhood, we made a promise. That promise was to build a 100% carbon neutral, renewable energy dependent community that would be a point of pride for Edmontonians. We committed to doing something that was bold and cutting edge, that would make this city demonstrably better.
Our weather is changing. The effect that climate change is having on the frequency of extreme weather events is being felt not just by people, but in the balance sheets of our public and private sector institutions. The Parliamentary Budget Office just produced a report detailing the financial risk and likely cost for to the federal government for disaster relief in the coming years. Basically, the feds are planning for 1-2 Calgary-esque floods per year in Canada.
The future of park and ride in our City is a sensitive debate. Many people rely on those park and ride facilities to help them transition from suburban areas, where transit is not fully developed, to the core, where LRT and bus routes are more plentiful.
While it may still look pretty quiet at the Petrolia Mall site, things are cooking.
Each year, the City of Edmonton puts together an inventory of its infrastructure. This report gives Council an idea of the replacement value and present condition of all the different types of infrastructure that the City owns.
The traffic calming trial measures in Pleasantview are coming out soon. We’ve heard overwhelmingly from from the residents of this community that these measures have not worked. In fact, in a Banister survey, 93% of residents felt the measures made the community less safe. More importantly, the early traffic count data was striking. Our hope was the original high volume of traffic on 106 street would be diverted away from the community rather than dispersed through it. But local roads like 105 Street, which carried less than 1000 cars per day originally, were now approaching 3000 cars. This is not what we hoped for and many people are happy the trial has been ended.
Edmonton’s river valley, ravine network, and the homes adjacent to them are part of Edmonton’s splendidness. Over the past year or so, there have been some of important questions raised by constituents regarding infill and densification on lots adjacent to ravine banks. Yesterday, Executive Committee received a report on the subdivision of lots located on the ravine. I committed to examining this issue, and today’s report marks a step forward in that exploration.
The Uber regulation struggle has finally reached a tentative conclusion, and I for one cannot be happier to move on to other topics. Not because this debate was unimportant, but it has taken up it’s fair share of our time and the public discourse over the past year.
Edmontonians are committed to competency. It is in our nature and in our history. Our city is filled with builders, inventors, craftspeople, entrepreneurs, and hard working folks committed to excellence and to mastery- whether they’ve been here for generations or only just arrived. But for the City, 2015 was defined in many ways by the opposite - by failed projects.
2015 has been an incredible year, and I’m proud of what this Council has been able to accomplish. We passed our first multi-year Operating Budget, the Energy Transition Strategy is gaining steam, and our relationships with our regional partners are stronger than ever.
At a Special Executive Committee meeting yesterday, Councillors were presented with reports on the Mature Neighbourhood Overlay Review, the Subdivision Process, and the top of bank zoning questions that Executive Committee posed to Administration in early October.
I’m delighted to remind everyone that the Ward 10 Holiday Open House & Fundraiser for Catholic Social Services in support of the Syrian Refugee Effort is taking place on December 8 at the Parkallen Restaurant.