Plenty of ideas shared at Community Conversation
Prince George, B.C. – The first in a series of community consultations in Prince George, saw a healthy turn out of residents in the Hart area in Prince George.
Mayor Lyn Hall opened up the session “The reason for tonight’s meeting was to have a conversation with you folks and really get a sense of what you want in the community. It’s really important for us to hear your comments, good , bad indifferent. We’re going to hear about roads, parks, lighting, you name it.”
Presented in a speed dating style, staff moved from ‘station to station’ to take note of residents’ concerns.
Some of the issues presented included the call for a multi-use park that would have an off leash dog park, a running track, outdoor rink and skateboard park. There was one suggestion that the City work with the School District to demolish the Austin Road School and have that property turned into a park.
One resident also called on the City to do something to prevent vehicles from gaining access to the wooded area between Foothills Boulevard and the weigh scales on the Hart Highway. The area has become a dumping ground for all manner of debris.
The issue of continuous sidewalks, or lack of such, was brought forward, to improve connectivity between residential areas and the shopping area.
Poor lighting along the Hart Highway and Foothills Boulevard were also mentioned. On the Hart Highway, residents say lighting is especially poor between Birchwood and south to Northwood Pulpmill Road. As for Foothills, there was a call for improved lighting from North Nechako Road to Chief Lake Road.
Residents also asked for more events for youth, more information on how roads are selected for rehabilitation as they noted, both Dagg and Glenview Roads are in dire need of upgrades.
Once the speed sessions wrapped, the evening was opened up for comments from participants.
One woman called for more apartment construction, “It would provide some affordable housing, but if it’s going to be $1300 a month, who can afford that?” The vacancy rate in the Hart area is much lower than in other areas of the city. The City is toying with the idea of “laneway” housing, to provide more secondary suites, similar to what is offered in Vancouver.
Mayor Hall says all of the ideas and concerns will be compiled and a synopsis posted on the City’s website by July 1st.
When the session was opened up for comments, there was a question about being more vigilant in enforcing bylaws and the motor vehicle act to discourage drivers from revving their motors at stop lights, or from using jake rakes when approaching stop lights. There was also a call for bylaw services to take more action on dealing with unsightly properties. “We are looking at remedial action on many sites that are causing distress for neighbours” says Mayor Hall
Overall, Mayor Hall says he thinks things went well in this first session “There was a very good turnout ” he promised the team will return “I just don’t want this to be a one time event. We want to keep coming back”.