"Dear Councillor Grimes,
On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Islington Ratepayers and Residents Association, thank you for attending our Board meeting on May 29, 2019 along with your staff, Rebecca Guida and Mary Campbell.
We appreciated the opportunity to share with you the challenges and dangers presented by the unique features of Burnhamthorpe Road between Dundas and Kipling, with its S curves and lack of space between sidewalk and roadway, as residents face increasing traffic and persistent speeding. As we pointed out during our short walk along Burnhamthorpe Road, there have been far too many instances of vehicles mounting the sidewalk and damaging private property within a space of less than half a mile. (A list of some of these instances which occurred during the past six years was provided during the meeting.)
Over the years, we have made many attempts to have City staff address our concerns only to have our suggestions dismissed due to Burnhamthorpe Road being a major arterial road. It seems to us that having the Dundas to Kipling section of Burnhamthorpe Road re-designated as minor arterial would allow several options in making our community safer for its residents. These options could include a lower speed limit, reduced lanes, as well as on-street parking — traffic controls in use on other streets.
As discussed last Wednesday, we request your help with the following:
In the near future, we will be contacting our community members and informing them about our discussions with you. We will let them know about the Police-Citizen Online Reporting system you mentioned and we would be happy to include any other feedback you are able to provide.
Again, many thanks to you and your staff for taking time from your busy schedule to listen to our concerns."
Despite the absence of implementation details, the proposed changes to legislation in Bill 108 signal that there will be significant impacts on: the City's finances; the ability to secure parkland; the capacity to provide community facilities; and on the evaluation of development applications that would afford appropriate opportunities for public consultation and conservation of heritage resources.
The Province’s deadline for public input is June 1st.