The As we heard it consultation summary reports for the Varley Drive and Leacock Drive proposed sidewalks, can be found at the following links:
The top six concerns were as follows:
- Beaverbrook Community design: the proposed sidewalks will disturb the original Bill Teron “Garden City” design
- Pedestrian safety: concerns related to the safety of school children, residents walking and running, those using strollers, seniors and those with vision and hearing impairments, using mobility aids and wheelchairs
- Traffic speed and volume: concerns related to increased traffic and speed throughout both neighborhoods
- Property Impacts: negative impacts that the new sidewalks would have on driveways, lawns, berms and trees
- On-Street parking: concerns regarding the implementation of sidewalks reducing on street parking
- Alice Woods and Sandwell Park: informal pathway that is not winter maintained
The functional design will be adjusted with consideration to the public feedback before progressing to the detailed design stage. Some public feedback, particularly related to individual properties, will be reviewed further as part of the detailed design to identify the most appropriate integration with existing landscapes. Based on the public feedback, the City plans to continue with designing a sidewalk on the west side of Leacock Drive and the inside of Varley Drive and will move forward with the following actions:
- Further assess traffic speeds and consider opportunities to incorporate some limited traffic calming measures.
- Conduct further survey mapping near properties with berms to better assess how the sidewalk will tie into the berms.
- Reduce impact on trees by using hydrovacing around trees that are at higher risk for damage and narrowing sidewalk to 1.8m where recommended by Forestry services.
- Review driveway lengths for short driveways to confirm all driveways continue to accommodate at least one vehicle length.
- Sidewalks will be installed behind the existing curb where possible which will maintain on street parking. Where road is proposed to be narrowed, parking will be limited to one side.
- Consult with Forestry and review opportunities to upgrade the existing sub-standard north side pathway through Alice Woods and Sandwell Park.
Please note that once the functional design has been adjusted, the updated design will be posted here on the project web page.
For more information, please contact:
Project Manager, Cycling and Walking Programs
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2400, ext. 27737