63rd Avenue Access Update

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 3:20 PM | Cory Doll
63 Avenue update

The access into South Campus at 122 Street/63 Avenue is expected to be operational in 2014.  Over the last several years much discussion has been had on this issue.   We acknowledge that additional access into South Campus is needed and access via arterial road network rather than residential road is desired.  The question is what is the best placement of this access in the context of current and future land uses.  During discussions with the University it became apparent that final decision regarding placement of the intersection had already been made. Instead, we were to discuss narrowly defined aspects like placement of sidewalks and bike lanes.  As future developments are planned for South Campus, the 63 Avenue process shows that consultation process needs to be guided by these principles:

 a) transparency and openness about all possible developments
 b) opportunity to provide input early in the planning process before final decisions made
 c) community proposed alternatives are given due consideration and analysis before final decisions are made
 d) decision making process and criteria are transparent and accessible to the communities
 e) consultation regarding substantive nature of the proposed development, not just on narrowly scoped questions regarding aesthetics of that development
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