New Development OK , But Traffic Concerns
Concept of layout of new strata development on North Nechako Road
Prince George, B.C. – Council for the City of Prince George has approved a rezoning application to pave the way for a 27 unit strata development on North Nechako Road, but there are traffic concerns.
The development has some concerned about the cumulative effects on North Nechako Road. This is one of three housing developments along North Nechako Road, and while it may only be 27 units, when added to the Nechako View project, and one just east of North Meadows, there could soon be a significant number of vehicles added an already busy North Nechako Road.
There area number of concerns:
- North Nechako Road does not have sidewalks,
- traffic turning left to access or egress Cedars Christian School often backs up in the morning
- there are no pull outs for transit
A traffic generation report for this particular development was completed by L&M engineering, but there was no ‘traffic count’ done “We didn’t actually do a traffic count, we just looked at the trip generation for the site” said L&M’s Terry Fjellstrom “It’s a theoretical traffic count” which is based on the size of the particular development.
There was no indication the trip generation report took into account the combined impacts of this development and two other projects that are just a couple of kilometers west.
Councillor Brian Skakun supported the development, but said he appreciated the concerns that have been raised about traffic along this corridor “I think at some point, because it is such a bottle neck, that I think we’re really going to have to look at a long term mitigation plan for this because the traffic there can be horrendous, and it’s not getting any better and the more development there is along North Nechako, Foothills, the Hart, it’s just going to be a funnel.”
Skakun’s comments were supported by his fellow Councillors, “We’re not just seeing one development in that area” said Councillor Murry Krause, “We are seeing a number of them, so I really do think we have to have a conversation about traffic safety on those roads.”
Mayor Lyn Hall “I can certainly agree about the concerns that have been raised around the pedestrian traffic, traffic itself, the potential of trailways, I know how difficult it is to put sidewalks in that area.” While pleased the City will be taking a more in depth look at safety along North Nechako, the Mayor says this development will round out Prince George’s housing supply “We are now getting to the point where we are providing housing for a wide range of demographic in our community and we didn’t have that two or three years ago. we are seeing development for seniors, we’re seeing development, potentially, for students, and others throughout the community and this just adds to the housing market opportunities for people in Prince George.”
The rezoning was unanimously approved.
Why is it particularly difficult to build sidewalks in that area?
I’m sure the owners on the back side of that development will enjoy the view of and tuneful sounds from the cement plant.
I have to wonder where all the people are coming from to fill these places? Frankly, it just looks more and more like a speculative bubble.
Don’t worry, they will all start complaining about Rolling Mix the day after they move in.
It’s no where near Rolling Mix. It’s next to the concrete plant across from the brewery.
I also love the way they jack these houses in right on top of each other. I would really enjoy knowing everything my neighbor is doing. Even if I don’t want to.
Sorry, I meant Inland some how it came out as Rolling Mix.
The density of that development is nuts. Seven units around one cul-de-sac. An compare that to Sydney Place. I mean does Unit 16 even have a drive-way? Where do you store snow or where do visitors park?
I assume that snow removal would be covered by strata fees. As for visitors…they can’t have any friends. Or family. Maybe the strata fees also cover some sort of shuttle service.
Way to packed together… no room for anything.. so street will be full of vehicles and “toys” all the time.. cul de sacs are the WORST.. for parking.. I live on one.
Here’s a thought that is sure to upset Jillian, what with the increasing traffic on North Nechako, perhaps it’s time to consider 4 laning North Nechako from Inland Concrete all the way to Foothills?
So at least have her request a proper bike lane – might cut down on those that fraudulently have to drive there vehicles to get to work and back everyday and don’t forget to shop downtown….
All of this new development on North Nechako Rd and nobody is demanding that something be done about the poorly designed, problematic, accident prone sharp corner just before Sydney place.
I also agree that the density and location of this development is going to be an issue.
Did L&M engineers charge appropriately for the “theoretical traffic count”?
This makes me laugh. The City of PG uses this firm for their own projects and will allow them to get away with terms like this.
I am “theoretically skeptical” about the future of our city in such capable hands.
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