Ward 1 Councillor Darren Hill sent this out last night
Hello City Park, North Park Richmond Heights, Kelsey Woodlawn, Mayfair, and Hudson Bay Park,
Please note the PSA below for the next round of future growth public consultations. Â I am getting the impression that members of the administration have already determined that there will be a new river crossing at 33rd Street. Â They believe that this was supported by the majority of the citizens at the last round of consultations. Â However, the attendance numbers were very low at those meetings and no one has provided me with accurate data on the demographics to get a clear understanding of who attended.
I know that many residents of numerous neighbourhoods in Ward 1 are opposed to a river crossing at this location. Â They are concerned about new traffic patterns developing as well as increased volumes and speeds of traffic throughout the entire 33rd Street corridor as well as in the residential neighbourhoods.
Please spread the word and ensure that an effort is made to attend the meetings listed below.
I personally cannot understand the need for more river crossings in Saskatoon than Calgary, Edmonton, or even Manhattan have. Â With a proper focus on a real transit system to serve the citizens, further development of walkable neighbourhoods, and properly planned infill – another river crossing would not be required.
Here is the PSA
HAVE YOUR SAY IN SASKATOONâ€™S FUTURE! GROWTH PLAN PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT OPEN NOW UNTIL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015, AT WWW.GROWINGFWD.CA
The City of Saskatoon invites residents to participate in the third round of open public engagement for the Growth Plan to Half a Million (Growth Plan).
Input is being sought on the recommended long-term plans for a new transit system with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT); a new river crossing at 33rd Street; BRT lanes on the University Bridge; and, redevelopment along major corridors like 8th Street, 22nd Street, and Preston Avenue.
The public also has an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommended implementation priorities for putting specific features of the Growth Plan in motion over the short- , medium- , and long-term.
Detailed project information and an online survey will be available at www.growingfwd.ca beginning Wednesday, February 25, through Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
In addition to online engagement, there are several public events being hosted for residents to learn more and provide input into the development of the Growth Plan.
Main Events â€“ Growth Plan Focused Discussions
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
TCU Place, 35 22nd Street East
Daytime Session: Noon to 2 p.m.
Evening Session: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Growth Plan Campus Consultation
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Louisâ€™ Loft, 93 Campus Drive
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The input gathered during this round of engagement will help to develop the long-term plans for corridor redevelopment, transit, and core area bridges, as well as set the direction for an implementation plan. We will be back in the fall to share what we heard and confirm the final Growth Plan with the public.
Once complete, the Growth Plan will help to guide future infrastructure investments so residents will have more choices for how they live and move around the city as Saskatoon grows to half a million people over the next 30 to 40 years.
For more information on the Growth Plan or to sign up for project update notifications, please visit www.growingfwd.ca.
Not sure if Councillor Hill agrees but I think a 33rd Street Bridge would kill the 33rd Street Business Improvement District and really hurt Mayfair and Caswell Hill. Â I really agree with Darren Hillâ€™s view on this. Â Public Transportation needs to be the goal.