In response to Shirley Coulson and her concern over the City of Courtenay’s future plans for Arden Road, let me suggest that she has absolutely nothing to worry about.
This is simply what the City does: It plans. In response to any problem it hires consultants and spends vast sums of money to produce documents that are never acted upon.
Some 15 years ago, we spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a traffic study to identify where a third bridge across the river should be built. After looking at all options the best planning minds we could find told us the new bridge should be located at the bottom of 11th Street.
So sure were our politicians of this choice that they purchased the land on the other side of the river where the bridge would land. What happened after all these efforts and money spent? Nothing. A few years later different politicians were lobbied by a landowner and they decided that a bridge would not be built at that location after all.. ever!
Years ago a considerable sum of money was spent to plan a rebuild of Willemar Avenue. Increased traffic from all the developments in the Arden Road area (coincidentally), failing watermains and the sub-standard nature of the original subgrade the road was built over were the reasons given for this rebuild. Plans were drawn up, open houses held, pretty pictures created. Then nothing.
Every year the City collects Development Cost Charges from new developments in the Arden Road area but nothing is done to mitigate the problems created off-site by these developments. This area desperately needs traffic calming strategies implemented. But it won’t happen. First, the City would have to hire consultants to produce a report with pretty pictures, hold open houses… only after all that could the City decide to do nothing about the actual problem.
Relax Shirley, you’ll probably be long gone before the City ever acts on any of these Arden Road plans.