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Alta Vista Drive Functional Planning Study

Project Status: 
Underway

Alta Vista Drive Functional Planning Study (South of Smyth Road to North of Bank Street)

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa is commencing a study to develop a functional road design for Alta Vista Drive between Faircrest Road and Edge Hill Place. Aging underground utilities such as sewers and watermains, from Billings Avenue to Kilborn Avenue and Wesmar Drive to Edge Hill Place, require renewal in the short to medium term, respectively. This provides an opportunity to upgrade the design of surface elements such as the roadway, sidewalk and cycling facilities.

Study Result and Timing

This Study will result in the preparation and approval of a Functional Design that will serve as a basis for subsequent detailed designs for the reconstruction of sections of Alta Vista Drive, as applicable. It is anticipated that this Functional Planning Study will be completed before the end of 2019.

Public Involvement

Various opportunities for public involvement will be provided, including a public open house to present study material. Public input and comment is encouraged throughout the project process. The study will receive input from a combined Technical and Public Advisory Committee and other stakeholders during the study.

You are encouraged to participate in the study by attending consultation events or by directly contacting the study team with information, comments or questions. Updated project information will be posted periodically on the study website.

A Public Open House is scheduled for early Summer 2019. Notifications for the Public Open House will be provided closer to the date on the project website with e-mail notifications to the study contact list.

Map of Alta Vist Drive Functional Planning Study

For further information or to provide comments please contact:

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559
Email: Vanessa.Black@ottawa.ca

Public Information Session #1 June 18, 2019 - Consultation Summary

A Public Information Session was held on June 18th, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm at St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church, Main Hall, 2400 Alta Vista Drive. The objectives of this event were to provide information about the study, answer questions and receive input from the public that could inform the design of the project. An estimated 105 people attended the event. Twenty information panels were available for review along with plans showing design Options A and B, and a Protected Intersection design for Alta Vista and Heron Road. No formal presentation was made.

This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Billings and Summit avenues, with two metre wide sidewalks and separated cycle tracks by the curb side.
This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Billings and Summit avenues, with two metre wide sidewalks and separated cycle tracks by the curb side.

This plan illustrates renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Cunningham and Kilborn avenues, with two metre wide sidewalks and separated cycle tracks by the curb side.
This plan illustrates renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Cunningham and Kilborn avenues, with two metre wide sidewalks and separated cycle tracks by the curb side.

This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Cunningham and Kilborn avenues, with bundled sidewalks and cycle tracks, separated by a rumble strip.
This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Cunningham and Kilborn avenues, with bundled sidewalks and cycle tracks, separated by a rumble strip.

This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Billings and Summit avenues, with bundled sidewalks and cycle tracks, separated by a rumble strip.
This plan illustrates the renewal of Alta Vista Drive, between Billings and Summit avenues, with bundled sidewalks and cycle tracks, separated by a rumble strip.

This plan illustrates a protected intersection at Alta Vista Drive and Heron Road, which provides additional pedestrian waiting areas at the corners and safer cycling crossings.
This plan illustrates a protected intersection at Alta Vista Drive and Heron Road, which provides additional pedestrian waiting areas at the corners and safer cycling crossings.

Display Boards

Boards 1 to 3 [ PDF 6.886 MB ]
Boards 4 to 6 [ PDF 6.058 MB ]
Boards 7 to 9 [ PDF 3.137 MB ]
Boards 10 to 12 [ PDF 2.829 MB ]
Boards 13 to 15 [ PDF 5.052 MB ]
Boards 16 to 19 [ PDF 1.733 MB ]

A total of 140 comments were provided either via Comment-Questionnaire forms during the Public Information Session or via email in the weeks following the public event.

Of the comments received, the following provides a break-down of clearly stated preferences:

  1. Option A (Separate Sidewalk and Cycle Track): 38 responses
  2. Option B (Bundled Sidewalk and Cycle Track): 44 responses
  3. Other cross-section options: 21 responses
  4. Status Quo: 18 responses

Support for the project centred on:

  • Safer cycling facilities;
  • Improved walking environment;
  • Potential for traffic calming on Alta Vista Drive; and
  • Benefits associated with underground infrastructure renewal.

The main concerns associated with the project centred on:

  • Potential removal of trees;
  • Snow and ice management for the cycle track (Options A or B) and implications for driveways;
  • Narrowing the roadway and its potential impacts to emergency vehicle access, traffic, access to driveways, air pollution and collisions; and
  • Potential implications for residents of Alta Vista Drive versus community wide impacts.

No consensus nor general direction was achieved when reviewing all comments as many of the comments submitted conflict with others. Whereas opposition to Option A was mostly due to the lack of spatial separation between cyclists and drivers, opposition to Option B was mostly due to the perception of conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists.

Public Information Session #2 - October 3, 2019

Posted: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 3:08 pm
Last updated: 
Friday, October 11, 2019, 2:55 pm

Dates & Times

Thursday, October 3, 2019,
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Location

St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church Main Hall
2400 Alta Vista Drive
Presentation at 6:30 pm
Ottawa, ON

The City of Ottawa invites you to attend a second Public Information Session for the Alta Vista Drive Functional Planning Study (South of Smyth Road to North of Bank Street).

Subsequent to the Public Information Session held on June 18, 2019, the Study Team has reviewed the feedback received and has carried out additional analyses and consultations. In response, the Team has developed design solutions to address key concerns and has prepared a draft recommended plan for right-of-way modifications.

At the session, the draft plan will be presented and members of the Study Team will be available to discuss it in an open house format. Your participation is an important component of the study where you can provide feedback. The information presented at this event will also be available on the City’s project website.

Agenda

  • Start at 6:00pm - Review of exhibits and meet the Study Team
  • 6:30 to 7:30pm - Presentation and Q&As
  • 7:30 to 8:00pm - Review and provide comments on the recommended plan

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the City of Ottawa Project Manager, below, before the event.

Display Boards

Boards 1 to 4
Boards 5 to 8
Boards 9 to 12 
Boards 13 to 16
Boards 17 to 21
Boards 22 to 25
Boards 26 to 28

Roll Plans

Roll plan 1
Roll plan 2
Roll plan 3

Vanessa Black, P. Eng.
Transportation Engineer – Network Modification
Transportation Services Department
613-580-2424, ext. 12559
Email: Vanessa.Black@ottawa.ca