Crowchild Trail study back for sixth and final public engagement
City doggedly asked for public input throughout the two-year study
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After nearly two years and five steps, the Crowchild Trail Study is entering its final phase.
And as with the previous five steps, the city is again looking for the public’s input.
But with the final draft recommendations coming forward, the city is less interested in concerns about the roadway, and more interested in feedback on the consultation itself, according to Crowchild Trail Study project manager Feisal Lakha.
“This is a new process that we’ve employed on this study, so we’re looking to get feedback on the process itself, and that way it helps us with future studies and planning at the city,” he said.
As the city unveiled the Crowchild Trail Study online and at public information sessions, it collected ideas from the general public and often incorporated them into the next phase.
“One of the key strengths (of the process) is Calgarians being able to contribute all the way through, and to see how their input was used or in some cases not used,” said Lakha. “When input was considered but we weren’t able to incorporate some of the ideas, we said why.”
One of the suggestions that was put into action right away was a left-turn restriction during the morning peak onto Kensington road.
“We’ve already seen benefit and received positive feedback on that,” said Lakha.
The final draft has short, medium and long-term goals. One of the long-term goals is to eliminate the lights on Crowchild at Kensington.
That will mean lowering the grade of the road, and it could impact local businesses.
Joyce Doran, manager of 10,000 Villages, said the non-proft organization’s property would lose road access to Crowchild under the proposed changes.
“There will be definitely be some big impacts to our store,” she said.
Doran said they own the building, but it’s too early to say what might happen because the plans have not yet been approved by council.
The final draft recommendations as well as online feedback are set to be on the City of Calgary’s website Friday.
There will also be an open house Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sunalta School Gym.