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REPORTING · 24th January 2011
Merv Ritchie
Edited at 5pm Monday to remove personal information at the request of the City Corporate Administrator

There has been little opposition to the planned subdivision of the property on the southwest corner of Walsh and Munroe, but the opposition that has been delivered is concise.

The City staff are recommending the Terrace City Councillors approve their recommendation the large property bordering both Walsh Avenue and Munroe Street, the property surrounded by the green fence, be permitted to a small sized development. This, complains an area resident, will make the already stressed intersection more hazardous.

This development will add four new driveways (for a total of five) entering Walsh between the Skeena Junior Secondary Entrance and Munroe and another three driveways entering Munroe.

The major complaint is the already difficult traffic situation experienced with the mis alignment of Munroe. It is not a straight through street and is similar to Sparks Street at Lakelse where attempting to continue in the same direction requires a hard left onto Walsh and then a right back onto Munroe. These two intersections cause the driving public some frustration, particularly the Lakelse-Sparks intersection.

Terrace City Council has already heard the proposal by Rod Toovey, owner of the property, and has agreed to reduce the required frontage from 15 meters to 12 meters. This required approving a rezoning application from R1 to R1-A. The councillors have already given approval to the change three readings and tonight after a public hearing, the chance for residents to have their say, they will give the recommendation their final stamp (vote) of approval.

The sketch layout provided by Dediluke survey to the City Staff for the councillors to consider in the agenda package does not include the north access to Munroe. Nor does it show the location of the Skeena School access or the Bus stop locations. These are all concerns addressed by a Walsh Avenue resident. They express great concerns on this proposal.

They raise the concerns of an even greater traffic flow when Thornhill Junior closes and the student population increases substantially.

"There is no monitoring by either the City or the School Board regarding traffic and how it impacts the already existing residents that live on Walsh and especially those of us that live across from Skeena School."

Walsh is already a very busy street as it is the thoroughfare from the West Bench area and Lanfear hill to the downtown core. The jog at the Munroe intersection creates an unusual traffic congestion situation. The concerns raised will be addressed at a public hearing tonight, Monday January 24 at 7pm.

The full letter can be found in the attached pages below.
Traffic turning onto Munroe from Walsh.  The green fence across the street is the subject property where 3 driveways are planned.  See the map attached below
Traffic turning onto Munroe from Walsh. The green fence across the street is the subject property where 3 driveways are planned. See the map attached below
Comment by Linda Haines on 25th January 2011
Yeah, my daughter uses the transit...the fare just went up from $80 for a semester pass to $105....I will be driving her after it runs out...and it was City council who approved this raise, so we could be "equal to Kitimat" I wonder if the buses will be running later and on Sundays then?
Sorry got off topic but was replying to a previous post regarding how it would be good to have more buses run...and it certainly would, but this single mom cannot afford it much for the environment..*shrug*
Compare lot sizes on the map.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 25th January 2011
It seems that the lots sizes in the subdivision being a small as they are don't match the lots around it. What impact will this have on the value of the properties around it? Shouldn't the lot sizes conform more closely to avoid that?
Who cares about 60 km/h traffic?
Comment by S. Horner on 25th January 2011
It is not the development or a few more vehicles on that corner that concerns me. It is the parents and other drivers lack of any regard to the speed limit or other traffic laws. Just today while picking up my child some grey truck did a burn out in the "buses only" lane in front of the school and took off at 60 km/h in the parking lot. He almost got air time off the hump in the middle walkway.

Does no one in this town care about our children's safety? It is very rare to see someone doing the actual speed limit around this school or any school. There were many drivers today doing well over 60 km/h. If the city wants to make money and keep our kids safe the school needs to be monitored by the police and the school board needs to stop people driving into the "buses only lane" your kids can walk the extra 20 feet to the parking lot.

For those parents and drivers that don't know... the 30 km/h speed limit is from 8 am to 5 pm weekdays. If your speed is between 31-50 km/h = $196 fine and 3 points. 51-70 km/h = $253 fine and 3 points - if you can't afford these, get up 10 minutes earlier!

I highly doubt the city, school board or the RCMP will do anything about this growing problem until 3-4 kids get hurt.
ah Searle
Comment by Steve Smyth on 25th January 2011
you beat me to the punch ---couldnt agree more
Democracy works???
Comment by Searle on 25th January 2011
If Democracy works, then why in spite of extensive public upset, is that graffitti mess on the sides of the old Coop, still disgracing the town??
Walsh Resident
Comment by Brian Grant on 25th January 2011
My Family Lives on Walsh across Skeena Jr. It would be nice too if The City would provide more BUS services to all students.

Every School day its very conjested along the streets around both high schools,with parents taking their kids to school Jr & Senior.

Encourage more students to use transit...would lessen the already conjested roads around this area.

I Guess City Council Does Listen
Comment by Dr. B. A. Bidgood on 25th January 2011
The Public Hearing at City Council last evening was well-attended with several delegates speaking to the proposed zoning change. Councilors reported that while the requested was consistent with many of the aims of the currently-being-revised, Official Community Plan, the concerns of residents meritted reconsideration of the recommendation. The proposed zoning bylaw was defeated at 3rd reading.

Democracy at work.