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Bear Creek Echo Park Project Postponed

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Hi Everyone,
Just a quick update that the Bear Creek Echo Park project has been postponed as wildlife has been spotted in the pond. I have also asked for the fence to be removed as soon as possible as this was affecting wildlife travelling to and from the pond; staff has agreed to do so. They are aware that this is an urgent matter.
A huge thank you to the residents who reached out to me to let me know about the returned wildlife, and an extra special thank you to the resident who rescued two snapping turtles from the fence!
You will receive notice when the project will be up and running again.
Have a great day,
Natalie Harris
Ward 6 Councillor
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Public Meeting – 180 and 198 Ardagh Road

Re: Amendment to the Zoning By-law – The Hedbern Development Corporation, 180 and 198 Ardagh Road, Barrie.
TAKE NOTICE that the General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review an application for an Amendment to the Zoning By-law submitted by Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Hedbern Homes for the properties municipally known as 180 and 198 Ardagh Road. A Public Open House will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, prior to the Public Meeting.
The application is to rezone the subject lands from Residential Single Detached (R2) to Residential Multiple (RM1) to permit the future development of semi-detached dwelling units.

For more information including meeting cancellation notices due to inclement weather and copies of the plans, please visit Ward 6 at barrie.ca/ProposedDevelopments.
Any person may attend the meeting and make representation or present submissions respecting this matter. If you wish to make a submission concerning this matter it should be directed to Legislative and Court Services by Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Any person may make representation at the meeting, however, written submissions are encouraged. Notification of the Amendment to the Zoning By-law if adopted by Council will be provided upon written request to the City Clerk.
If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at the public meeting or make written submissions to the Corporation of The City of Barrie before the Amendment to the Zoning By-law is passed:
(a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Corporation of The City of Barrie to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal; and
(b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.
If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Council of The Corporation of the City of Barrie in respect of the proposed Amendment to the Zoning By-law, you must make a written submission to the undersigned.
All information including opinions, presentations, reports, documentation, etc. provided for or at a Public Meeting are considered public records. This information may be posted on the City of Barrie website and/or made available to the public upon request. Questions about this collection should be directed to the undersigned.
Celeste Kitsemetry, Planner 705-739-4220, Ext. 4430 Celeste.Kitsemetry@barrie.ca
Development Services Department City of Barrie
70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400 Barrie, Ontario, L4M 4T5

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Public Meeting – 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road

Re: Draft Plan of Subdivision and Rezoning – The Hedbern Development Corporation, 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road.
TAKE NOTICE that the General Committee of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Barrie will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 70 Collier Street, to review an application for a Draft Plan of Subdivision and Rezoning submitted by Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of Hedbern Homes for the properties municipally known as 158, 162, 166, & 170 Ardagh Road. A Public Open House will be held from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 70 Collier Street, prior to the Public Meeting.
For more information including meeting cancellation notices due to inclement weather and copies of the plans, please visit Ward 6 at Ward 6 Proposed Developments
The applications are to rezone the subject lands from Residential Single Detached (R1)(H-950 and (R3) to Residential Multiple with Special Provisions (RM2)(SP). The proposed development concept includes 27 street townhouses fronting Bishop Drive, 19 block/cluster townhouse unit, 12 back-to-back townhouses, the extension of Bishop Drive, and a stormwater management pond. A Plan of Subdivision is required to facilitate the future development of the lands.

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Parking Restrictions On Nicholson Drive Background Information

Hi Everyone,

I have had some questions recently about why there are parking restrictions on Nicholson. City Staff have obtained the following information for me as the investigation surrounding this began before I was City Councillor.

STAFF REPORT RPF003-19 May 6, 2019
GENERAL COMMITTEE
NICHOLSON DRIVE PARKING INVESTIGATION
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SUBJECT:
WARD:
PREPARED BY AND KEY CONTACT:
SUBMITTED BY:
GENERAL MANAGER APPROVAL:
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER APPROVAL:
RECOMMENDED MOTION
J. MACDONALD, C.E.T., SENIOR TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS TECHNOLOGIST, EXT. 5178
D. FRIARY, DIRECTOR OF ROADS, PARKS AND FLEET
A. BOURRIE, RPP, ACTING GENERAL MANAGER OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT
M. PROWSE, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
1. That Traffic By-law 80-138, Schedule ‘D’, “Stopping Prohibited” be amended by adding the following:
“Nicholson Drive
PURPOSE & BACKGROUND
West Side
From Summerset Drive to a point 87m south of Trask Drive
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, September 1st to July 1st, Excluding Statutory Holidays.”
2. Staff received concerns from both area residents and the Ward Councillor regarding the need to review the current parking situation along Nicholson Drive in the vicinity of the pedestrian walkway located at the rear of Ferndale Woods Elementary School.
3. Nicholson Drive is a two (2) lane local roadway with a pavement width of 8.5 metres and a sidewalk along the east side which provides a pedestrian connection to the walkway at the rear of Ferndale Woods Elementary School, and has a daily traffic volume of approximately 200 vehicles per day. Please refer to Appendix “A”.
4. Currently, parking is permitted along Nicholson Drive between Summerset Drive and Cunningham Drive. Overnight on-street parking is prohibited from December 1st to March 31st, between 12:01 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. for the purpose of winter maintenance.
ANALYSIS
5. A Parking Questionnaire was prepared and mailed to fifty six (56) property owners along Nicholson Street to select a preferred option. Fifteen (15) responses were received and the results of the questionnaire are as follows:

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1 17% 5 83%
NICHOLSON DRIVE ON-STREET PARKING SURVEY
RESPONSES RECEIVED IN FAVOUR
PERCENTAGE OF RESPONSES
Option “A” – Leave the current parking in place on both sides of Nicholson Drive.
Option “B” – Implement “No Stopping 8 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, September 1 to July 1, excluding Statutory Holidays”
Total (Out of 56)
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11%
6. Staff issued a comment sheet to the Simcoe County District School Board to gather feedback regarding the proposed parking regulations along Nicholson Drive, staff did not receive any comments or concerns.
7. Staff observations and comments from respondents identified the current parking situation poses operational and safety concerns along Nicholson Drive. Currently, pedestrians are crossing the roadway between parked vehicles to access the pedestrian walkway; vehicles are obstructing residential driveways; and parking on both sides of the roadway greatly impedes traffic flow.
8. Staff also conducted observations during drop off/pick up for Ferndale Woods Elementary School along Ferndale Drive and noted there currently is a Kiss “n” Ride which operates during drop off and pick times. It was noted vehicles do queue momentarily on Ferndale Drive, however this queueing does not pose any operational or safety concerns as it is for a very short duration.
9. Staff observed vehicles were also parking on Ferndale Drive South adjacent to the curb to actively load/unload which does not pose any operational or safety concerns as pedestrians are accessing the vehicles directly adjacent to a sidewalk in front to Ferndale Woods Elementary School.
10. Based on feedback area residents and staff observations it is recommended that Traffic By-law 80- 138 Schedule “D”, “Stopping Prohibited” be amended by adding the following:
“Nicholson Drive West Side From Summerset Drive to a point
87m south of Trask Drive
8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, September 1st to July 1st, Excluding Statutory Holidays.”
11. The proposed stopping prohibition along the west side of Nicholson Drive is recommended to prevent parents/guardians from stopping opposite Ferndale Woods Elementary School walkway and pedestrians crossing between parked cars. This will also ensure motorists do not obstruct the residential driveways along the west side of the roadway and ensure safe and efficient travel width.
12. Barrie Police Service, Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and Municipal Law Enforcement staff do not oppose the recommended motion.
ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
13. There are no environmental matters related to the recommendation.

Alternative 1
Alternative 2
General Committee could decide to maintain the current parking on both sides of Nicholson Drive.
This alternative is not recommended as vehicles currently park along both sides of the roadway impeding the residential driveways and two-way travel. As well pedestrians are currently crossing the roadway between parked vehicles which poses operational and safety concerns.
General Committee could decide to implement “No Stopping 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, September 1st to July 1st, Excluding Statutory Holidays” along the east side of Nicholson Drive Summerset Drive to a point 100 metres south of Trask Drive.
This alternative is not recommended as vehicles parking on the east side of Nicholson Drive do not pose any operational and safety concerns as vehicles are actively loading/unloading adjacent to a sidewalk with a direct connection to the walkway to Ferndale Woods Elementary School. Permitting parking only along the east side of Nicholson Drive does not negatively affecting the operation of the roadway.
General Committee could decide to implement the “No Stopping Anytime” along the west side of Nicholson Drive from Summerset Drive to a point 87 metres south of Trask Drive.
This alternative is not recommended as the current operational and safety concerns are directly related to drop off/pick times for Ferndale Woods Elementary School, and the recommended motion would still permit evenings and weekend parking for area residents without impeding the operation and safety of the roadway.
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ALTERNATIVES
14. There are three (3) alternatives available for consideration by General Committee:
Alternative 3
FINANCIAL
15. The cost of implementing the proposed parking regulations is approximately $400 which can be accommodated in the 2019 Business Plan.
LINKAGE TO 2018-2022 STRATEGIC PLAN
16. The recommendation included in this Staff Report support the following goals identified in the 2018- 2022 Strategic Plan:
a) Improving the ability to get around Barrie.
17. The recommended motion will prevent parents/guardians from stopping opposite Ferndale Woods Elementary School walkway and pedestrians crossing between parked cars. This will also ensure motorists do not obstruct the residential driveways along the west side of the roadway and ensure safe and efficient travel width.

STAFF REPORT RPF003-19 May 6, 2019
APPENDIX “A”
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If you have any further questions, please let me know. I am aware of the on-going difficulty with parking for drop-off and pick-up at Ferndale Woods; I am actively trying to find an improvement to this that will still satisfy the parking investigation findings – which is not easy.

I truly appreciate your patience with this matter.

 

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Ferndale Drive Speed and Commercial Vehicle Data To Be Collected

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Hello,

I had a meeting with Sgt. Brooks and some residents today about safety concerns on Ferndale Drive, and I wanted to update everyone that in the next few weeks there will be new technology used to record the speed and length of vehicles travelling along this road. Our ward is the first in Barrie to have this new technology.

This will provide the Barrie Police Service with precise timeframes when speeding occurs most, AND will detect how many commercial vehicles are using this road. I will receive this data over the next few months.

Two residents from the ward have provided Sgt. Brooks with a list of companies using Ferndale Drive for commercial vehicle use – thank you. A civilian will be contacting these companies to remind them that they are not to be using this road without a permit. The fines, if they do so, will be clearly communicated.

I will keep everyone updated as the data is collected.

As for speed cameras, the city clerk has informed me that this is on city staff’s agenda to be brought to council again in the near future now that the Ontario Government has given municipalities permission to use them if approved by city council.

As for decreasing the speed limit, the poll I conducted showed only a small difference between the ‘yes’ and ’no’ votes collected from residents about whether or not they would want this. Sgt. Brooks has also informed me that decreasing the speed limit can also result in aggressive driving when traffic gets backed up because of slower moving vehicles. So, we have to remember that even though what seems to be an easy solution to one problem, can result in the formation of a new one.

When the data comes in from this new technology I will be requesting even more police presence during the most problematics times, and I also hope to see a decrease in commercial vehicle use of the road once the Barrie Police civilian contacts the companies which are using it, possibly without a permit.

Thank you everyone for your advocacy and passion for community safety!

If you ever have any further policing questions please don’t hesitate to contact Barrie Police

And I am always here to answer any ward and city questions at any time. Natalie.Harris@barrie.ca