ward 6

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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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.

 

ward 6

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

Barrie, ward 6

Potential Legalized Cannabis Store Location In Barrie

Hello!

As you may have seen in the media recently, the old D.O.T. Patio Furniture store located at Ardagh Rd and Essa Rd, could potentially be the site of Barrie’s first legalized cannabis store.

I just learned about this recently myself as I was not notified by city staff, because there was no reason to notify me – this is a commercial building with a completely legal commercial store going into it. I, and the public, are only notified when a re-zoning application is put in.

Furthermore, it is the provincial AGCO that controls the licenses and locations – the City has no say in this.

So, what does this mean right now? Well, the store has been given the green light by the provincial government to be created, but does not have a licence yet. The owner is hoping to receive one early in the new year.

Very strict guidelines must be met in order for the province to approve these locations, including the installation of very advanced security systems.

I have recently been asked by a resident if I, “approve of cannabis”? Well, cannabis is now legalized in Canada – just as alcohol is. So, whether I approve of it or not won’t change that it’s now legally availability. And I think we need to remember that alcohol is statistically far more lethal than cannabis. What I do “approve” of, is being responsible.

I am hopeful that with the availability of government regulated cannabis, that the deaths from street/black-market drugs will decrease. I have lost MANY friends to overdoses and I am very aware of how lethal poisoned cannabis is. But with that being said, not everyone is an addict or alcoholic, and many people use drugs and alcohol responsibly.

I will keep you up to date with any new information I receive about this store! If you have any questions you can email me at natalie.harris@barrie.ca

 

 

Barrie, ward 6

Information About Ardagh Bluffs Maintenance

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Hello! I had some great questions about our beloved Ardagh Bluffs at a recent community meeting and I wanted to share the city staff answers with all of you.

Parks staff have tried to provide you with as much information as possible to answer your inquiry regarding the operations and maintenance of the Ardagh Bluffs Park, which is a provincially designated Area of Natural and Scientific Interest of approximately 500 acres and containing over 17 km of marked trails.

  • We do not have a separate budget line for the park, it is part of the overall maintenance requirements of several activities (e.g. trails maintenance, parks maintenance, forestry operations, etc.). There is a Park plan that was approved by Council in 2007 that has estimated capital and operating costs for elements of its management.
  • As it is a provincially significant natural area with known endangered species present, the only maintenance we complete on vegetation is trailside maintenance, hazard tree removals and some select poison ivy control.  We are looking at developing a city wide invasive species management plan.  If you know of areas within the park where you see invasive species we would like to know about them. Our staff are trained in identifying some of the high priority species and marking them on the EDDS collector APP, but there may be others you have seen in your walks.
  • We annually remove anywhere from twenty to over a hundred hazard trees from around the periphery of the parkland (most often behind residential lots) and will be continuing the ash removals as needed throughout parkland across the city as part of the Emerald Ash Borer program.  Any hazard tree concerns you have can be reported to Service Barrie (Service.Barrie@barrie.ca) for our urban forestry staff to inspect and address.
  • Due to the nature of late successional deciduous forests, fire cycles in this area are in the 1000-10,000 years.  However, Barrie Fire and Emergency Services do have emergency and response plans in place for dealing with both grass and forest fires.   Our dedicated fire professionals have responded to grass fires and small fires within many natural areas across Barrie.
  • There were (6) identified foot bridges from the original Park Plan that were not funded for construction due to competing financial needs, however recent changes in our ability to build our own bridges will make construction and trail improvements more feasible in the near future.

If you have any further questions or need clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards,

Kevin Bradley, B.A., MLA

Manager of Parks & Forestry

Ext. 482