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.