Reports don't reflect true cost of growth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OPA 28 says that a Master Transportation Plan must be developed to review the existing road capacity of Waterdown and Aldershot and make recommendations for changes in the road systems that will meet the future road capacity needs for the growth of Waterdown.

The consultants and Hamilton planners are telling us that their recommended East-West route to handle the traffic will be paid for by future development charges. However, their whole study only indicates the costs for their recommended routes. Since the consultant has not evaluated the condition of the existing roads within Waterdown and how projected future traffic will affect them, the costs for future upgrades will not be tied into the new development charges. Therefore, taxpayers will still be responsible for the costs of upgrading all existing roads to handle future growth.

Case one: Parkside Drive. This is a two-lane arterial road that is in very poor condition. Just less than half of the existing population of Waterdown and half of the future growth of Waterdown will still be closer to Parkside Drive than the consultants' recommended new northern East-West route. Hamilton's Secondary Planning for the new Waterdown North Development (north of Parkside Drive) is already recommending commercial use along Parkside Drive. Parkside Drive will have to be upgraded to support existing and future growth around it. Costs for upgrading Parkside Drive are not in the consultants' report.

Case two: Centre Road. This is also a two-lane arterial road. Hamilton's Secondary planning for the new Waterdown North Development recommends commercial use along Centre Road. Sections of this road will have to be widened to handle this traffic. Costs for upgrading Centre Road are not in the consultants' report.

Case three: Hamilton Street. This is a three-lane arterial road through Waterdown's commercial area. The consultants have not studied the effect that doubling Waterdown's population will have on traffic volumes on Hamilton Street. There is only one intersection light on Hamilton Street between Dundas Street and Parkside Drive. However, there are four street intersections and more than 23 driveways for residences and businesses that feed onto the 1 km length of Hamilton Street. If the consultants evaluated the future traffic in this area, it would show a need for widening, more intersection lights and realigning of driveways for businesses. Costs for upgrading Hamilton Street are not in the consultants' report.

The consultants and Hamilton planners must evaluate the effects of future growth in Waterdown on all roads within Waterdown so that their costs may be tied into the final Master Transportation Plan. This is the only way that the developers will truly be paying for the future growth of Waterdown, instead of the taxpayers of Waterdown, Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, Flamborough and Glanbrook.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown

Reports don't reflect true cost of growth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OPA 28 says that a Master Transportation Plan must be developed to review the existing road capacity of Waterdown and Aldershot and make recommendations for changes in the road systems that will meet the future road capacity needs for the growth of Waterdown.

The consultants and Hamilton planners are telling us that their recommended East-West route to handle the traffic will be paid for by future development charges. However, their whole study only indicates the costs for their recommended routes. Since the consultant has not evaluated the condition of the existing roads within Waterdown and how projected future traffic will affect them, the costs for future upgrades will not be tied into the new development charges. Therefore, taxpayers will still be responsible for the costs of upgrading all existing roads to handle future growth.

Case one: Parkside Drive. This is a two-lane arterial road that is in very poor condition. Just less than half of the existing population of Waterdown and half of the future growth of Waterdown will still be closer to Parkside Drive than the consultants' recommended new northern East-West route. Hamilton's Secondary Planning for the new Waterdown North Development (north of Parkside Drive) is already recommending commercial use along Parkside Drive. Parkside Drive will have to be upgraded to support existing and future growth around it. Costs for upgrading Parkside Drive are not in the consultants' report.

Case two: Centre Road. This is also a two-lane arterial road. Hamilton's Secondary planning for the new Waterdown North Development recommends commercial use along Centre Road. Sections of this road will have to be widened to handle this traffic. Costs for upgrading Centre Road are not in the consultants' report.

Case three: Hamilton Street. This is a three-lane arterial road through Waterdown's commercial area. The consultants have not studied the effect that doubling Waterdown's population will have on traffic volumes on Hamilton Street. There is only one intersection light on Hamilton Street between Dundas Street and Parkside Drive. However, there are four street intersections and more than 23 driveways for residences and businesses that feed onto the 1 km length of Hamilton Street. If the consultants evaluated the future traffic in this area, it would show a need for widening, more intersection lights and realigning of driveways for businesses. Costs for upgrading Hamilton Street are not in the consultants' report.

The consultants and Hamilton planners must evaluate the effects of future growth in Waterdown on all roads within Waterdown so that their costs may be tied into the final Master Transportation Plan. This is the only way that the developers will truly be paying for the future growth of Waterdown, instead of the taxpayers of Waterdown, Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, Flamborough and Glanbrook.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown

Reports don't reflect true cost of growth

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

OPA 28 says that a Master Transportation Plan must be developed to review the existing road capacity of Waterdown and Aldershot and make recommendations for changes in the road systems that will meet the future road capacity needs for the growth of Waterdown.

The consultants and Hamilton planners are telling us that their recommended East-West route to handle the traffic will be paid for by future development charges. However, their whole study only indicates the costs for their recommended routes. Since the consultant has not evaluated the condition of the existing roads within Waterdown and how projected future traffic will affect them, the costs for future upgrades will not be tied into the new development charges. Therefore, taxpayers will still be responsible for the costs of upgrading all existing roads to handle future growth.

Case one: Parkside Drive. This is a two-lane arterial road that is in very poor condition. Just less than half of the existing population of Waterdown and half of the future growth of Waterdown will still be closer to Parkside Drive than the consultants' recommended new northern East-West route. Hamilton's Secondary Planning for the new Waterdown North Development (north of Parkside Drive) is already recommending commercial use along Parkside Drive. Parkside Drive will have to be upgraded to support existing and future growth around it. Costs for upgrading Parkside Drive are not in the consultants' report.

Case two: Centre Road. This is also a two-lane arterial road. Hamilton's Secondary planning for the new Waterdown North Development recommends commercial use along Centre Road. Sections of this road will have to be widened to handle this traffic. Costs for upgrading Centre Road are not in the consultants' report.

Case three: Hamilton Street. This is a three-lane arterial road through Waterdown's commercial area. The consultants have not studied the effect that doubling Waterdown's population will have on traffic volumes on Hamilton Street. There is only one intersection light on Hamilton Street between Dundas Street and Parkside Drive. However, there are four street intersections and more than 23 driveways for residences and businesses that feed onto the 1 km length of Hamilton Street. If the consultants evaluated the future traffic in this area, it would show a need for widening, more intersection lights and realigning of driveways for businesses. Costs for upgrading Hamilton Street are not in the consultants' report.

The consultants and Hamilton planners must evaluate the effects of future growth in Waterdown on all roads within Waterdown so that their costs may be tied into the final Master Transportation Plan. This is the only way that the developers will truly be paying for the future growth of Waterdown, instead of the taxpayers of Waterdown, Hamilton, Ancaster, Dundas, Stoney Creek, Flamborough and Glanbrook.

Rick Breznik

Waterdown