Scott Street Complete Street Funding

Topic previously mentioned in the Meeting on Scott Street Community Design Plan – November 13 posting. This update is from councillor Katherine Hobbs.

[Future Scott Street]

Scott Street Complete Street

December 3, 2013

Dear Residents of Hintonburg, Mechanicsville, Wellington Village and Champlain Park,

Throughout the Scott Street Community Design Plan process, I heard from hundreds of residents and while there were many opinions on other issues, people were united in their desire for a complete street for Scott Street. That’s why improving Scott Street has been identified as a community benefit priority in the Scott Street Community Design Plan to be considered by Planning Committee on December 10th.

I committed to you at our last public meeting on November 13th that I would ensure that the public benefit components, including a complete street on Scott, would become a reality, and today we took the first step toward that reality.

Today at the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO), I successfully had a motion passed that will be the first step toward a complete street for Scott Street. The motion borrows $1,000,000 from the City’s Cash-in-lieu of parkland city-wide fund, to be repaid from Section 37 benefits from development in the Scott Street area. The motion had to be walked-on today because the next FEDCO meeting is not until February, and such a delay would have threatened the viability of the initiative.

The LRT will already be paying to move the poles for their detour. These funds will be used to top up the existing LRT budget to upgrade the poles to self-supporting poles, removing guy wires from the green boulevard on the north side of Scott, allowing for a safe and appropriately designed cycling track and pedestrian facilities.

This creates the necessary conditions for a complete street on Scott Street, allowing us to move forward quickly after LRT construction is complete.

I want to thank you all once again for your hours of volunteer time spent working with us on the Scott Street CDP, and I look forward to continue working with you to make the vision for this area a reality.

You can review the motion below.