Communication with developers is one if the concerns. We have moved into growing subdivisions twice. First, when Westvale was launching in 1984, and again 14 years ago when we moved to Clair Hills. And yes, the relationship with the developer seems to end right away, as soon as they have what they wanted, Your Money, of course. You probably feel a little used. As a city we need to make the information on these new developments more readily available, Perhaps even including a timetable with each sale, so new homeowners will have some idea of what's coming when.
And on that note,,,here's what's coming, In fact it's already here
Traffic, For a number of reasons traffic can be horrible in the area, at certain times, and those times are expanding. To start with, the construction of Ira Needles Blvd, along with the opening of the Boardwalk, began the push. (all of those things, in Ward One, but the problems leak into Two. Then the development of the Erb St Erbsville Road plazas, with Canadian Tire, Winners, and a large Seniors residence. Now, proposed, and to some degree approved....a Costco, planned for further west along Erb St, It's the Costco which is bearing the brunt of the discussion. Concerns are raised about the amount of traffic, and how it will be handled by Erb St. Council already approved the plan back in April. But there are conditions involving traffic studies and open houses. Fact is if the Costco development satisfies the official plan, then it will be coming,
Costco will bring more cars, we know that. But it is not creating the problem, the problem is already here, It's been caused by the previously mentioned developments, and the massive expansion I the Vista Hills area with hundreds of new homes on the way.
Surprise!!!!! Retail development, plus large subdivisions with small lots create traffic! Shocking, ain't it? How could this happen? Perhaps the move to delay the Costco shows a willingness to plan ahead .....but I wonder why we always seems to play catch up with development? Shouldn't we be, if not ahead of the curve, at least aware of where the curve is?