approved at February 15, 2005 board meeting.
To clarify the manner in which the OSCA Board will deal with requests from community residents for action on traffic issues on neighbourhood streets (traffic calming, street and intersection design etc.).
In general the Board approach to traffic management issues has been to deal with broad strategic issues such as overall City policy on managing commuter traffic, promotion of urban transit solutions, etc. to relieve pressure on the three major north-south commuter arteries that run through or border our community (Bronson Avenue, Bank and Main Streets) and to support/advocate for policies and initiatives designed to calm traffic on those main arteries.
Second, the Board has agreed in past decisions to focus its efforts on traffic calming on the two residential streets designated as minor collectors by the City (Sunnyside and Riverdale Avenues) as these are the streets most directly under stress and are the principal conduits through which heavy traffic from outside the community will flow into other residential streets in the community.
In situations where residents on a street are concerned about a traffic issue and approach the Board for support or assistance, we would proceed in the following way:
- Residents would be encouraged to form a working group, and if this occurs, a Board member will be assigned to work with the group and act as liaison.
- The group would be encouraged to develop options for corrective action and to discuss those options with City staff.
- The group would then be encouraged to hold a public consultation process (e.g. public meeting, public event, canvassing of individual households) where the views of the residents affected by the issue and proposed solution(s) are sought and where the views of all residents have been fairly expressed. If a public meeting is held it would be attended by the Board liaison person.
- 4. On the basis of the outcome of the public consultation process the group would be encouraged to refine their proposals and bring their final recommendations to OSWATCH.
- OSWATCH would, in turn, provide advice to the group and the Board on what the next appropriate steps might be. These could include a direct approach by the group to the City, or a discussion and possible resolution from the Board to the City supporting the proposed recommendations from the residents' group.