The last Nanaimo council meeting of 2015 will be on Monday, December 7, 2015. Hot topics on the agenda include: road network options for Linley Valley West, Bruce Avenue, 104th Street and the Financial budget.
Road network options for Linley Valley West
In May 2015 four road network options for Linley Valley West were presented to Council. In August 2015 the City entered into an Option to Purchase 5290 Rutherford Road for $850,000. Then in October 2015, public open houses were held with a total of 300 people attending.
The following options were presented to the public:
- Option 1 – build a new road linking Linley Valley Drive to Rutherford Road, across from Nelson Road, with a new traffic signal or roundabout at Rutherford Road
- Option 2 – use existing neighbourhood streets to link Rutherford Road at Vanderneuk Road and Brookwood Drive with a new traffic signal at Vanderneuk Road
Option 1 is recommended by the City. The construction and land acquisition costs for Option 1 is estimated at $3 million.
In 2016, design and costing will be refined and funding options will be brought forward to Council in advance of the 2017-2021 Financial Plan.
The traffic volume now on Rutherford Road is at 12,000 vehicles a day. What will happen when they close Rutherford Elementary on Hammond Bay Road and parents will have to drive their kids to another school?
A commercial centre at 601 and 609 Bruce is up for approval pending zoning changes.
Many people came to council and to a public hearing on the topic. A petition of 36 people was submitted. Concerns were raised about a Heritage Oak Tree, traffic, noise and a 24 hour store.
Check out this amazing Oak tree in Harewood.
Also up for zoning approval is 2992 104th Street near Norwell Drive. It will rezoned from Single Dwelling Residential (R1) and Community Service One (CS1) to Single Dwelling Residential – Small Lot (R2). Every neighbourhood in Nanaimo is getting these small lot developments.
Additional expenditures have increased the City of Nanaimo’s budget by $2,726,763.