Town of Comox not listening to neighbourhood?

Dear editor,

Try absorbing some 180 additional vehicle trips daily in a quiet neighbourhood.

Dear editor,

Try absorbing some 180 additional vehicle trips daily in a quiet neighbourhood.

Wallace Avenue in Comox is facing this by way of becoming the driveway for a new 31-townhouse subdivision.

When Comox was asked to address concerns about traffic routed through our quiet residential area, the Town allowed the developers’ consulting firm McElhanney to provide judgment.

An Anderton Road access has been deemed a bad choice. The study’s biased premises are evident; our concerns and request for an alternate access have been mostly disregarded from the outset. All the construction traffic, then townhouse traffic, will further congest the main Gladstone Street/Comox Avenue intersection.

This and other traffic problems have been minimized or ignored in this report.

Additionally, the Town is gifting the subdivision with a 30-foot-wide passive park along Anderton Road using a Town-owned services alignment. Provided are extensions of multiple townhouse sidewalks over a taxpayer-maintained lawn with shrubs and some trees.

Few will want to linger beside the road traffic. Although pedestrian access through the development is a supposed “public perk,” walkers on the sidewalk proposed currently end up high up Anderton Road, far away from the bus stop, shopping mall and any safe crosswalk over Anderton.

A work in progress, it was explained. I say dangerous.

The 30-foot service alignment could be incorporated into an Anderton Road access for the subdivision.

I am opposed to a Wallace Avenue driveway for the 335 Anderton subdivision.

Here in my neighbourhood, I wish to enjoy my retirement home and garden I have worked on for 20 years. What could be 12 months of road upheaval and construction traffic, then townhouse traffic, will certainly decrease my peaceful enjoyment.

Teresa Colby,

Comox

 

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