Posts Tagged ‘plan’

TAC Submission – 2008/06/03

June 1, 2008

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fowgre avatar[I’m making an appearance before the Transportation Advisory Committee on Tuesday. This is a draft that I’m currently working on. It’ll be updated throughout the weekend, and you’re welcome to comment or email me if there’s anything that you’d like me to consider.]

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Typically London – Shut Out Again

May 10, 2008

The Friday LFP article which described this weekend’s sessions at Museum London about ‘well planned’ urban design failed to mention that the planning which went into the sessions may have been less than ideal. 01

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Let’s pick up the story where I left the house at 12:10 PM. I arrived at the bus stop at 12:15 PM and proceeded to stand there (no seating provided) until 12:40 PM. It only took the Adelaide northbound #406 10 minutes to get me to the major connecting point at Dundas/Adelaide, but of course the eastbound bus that had also arrived just a moment earlier didn’t bother to wait for any transferring passengers. Another 10 minutes waiting for the Cherryhill westbound #416 and a short trip along Dundas and I disembarked at Queens/Ridout at 1:11 PM.

Presented myself at the Museum London reception desk at 1:14 PM and inquired about the location of the presentation. Imagine my chagrin when I was told that “the Director” had just decreed that the room was “at capacity” and that I could not attend the event. “What’s the venue’s capacity?” asked I. A shrug of the shoulders and a laugh was my reply.

Such is life for those of us who try to live an alternative transportation lifestyle in London, Ontario CANADA. With the full understanding (and closed eyes) of City Council and the LTC.

That’s the London, Ontario CANADA that the city’s new urban planner, Sean Galloway, has yet to become acquainted with. And needs to, if he’s going to do a good job.

From: Gregory Fowler
Date: Sat May 10 11:13:01 2008
To: Brian Meehan
Cc: Sean Galloway
Subject: Entry RefusalSir,Upon arriving at 1:00PM at Museum London for the first urban design presentation of the afternoon, I was refused admittance by the receptionist, and it was explained to me that the venue was “at capacity.”

Kindly answer the following questions prior to my taking this up with City Hall:

  • which of your rooms was the venue held in?
  • what is the capacity of said room?
  • who determined that the room was at capacity using what mechanism?
  • who booked the location?
  • what is the rationale for refusing entry to individuals with backpacks and electronic devices?
  • are there allowances for disabled persons like myself who use them as assistive devices?
  • how much financial assistance did Museum London receive from London last year?

Respectfully,

Greg Fowler.

Stay tuned…

Fortunately, KevBo made it to Museum London before they tiled the doors. Click HERE to read what he’s had to say about the goings-on that I missed.

Stay tuned…

Sources:
01. 2008/05/09 – LFP: Urban design program creating framework…

Urban Design Work Program

May 2, 2008

Planning Committee is holding a public participation meeting in Council chambers at 5:15 PM on Monday, with respect to the Urban Design Work Program that is being spearheaded by London’s new urban planner, Sean Galloway.

According to the proposal, what’s envisioned is the development of “a design culture within the City of London that assists in creating liveable neighbourhoods and employment areas that build a strong community identity and are predicated on an integrated transportation network, quality public realm, an enhanced landscape, mix of land uses, safety, walkable and active streets, a diversity of housing types and a high standard of architectural design.” 01

Mr. Galloway referred to the plan during a presentation at the Central library last evening:

“On Monday night, going to Planning Committee, is the new Urban Design Program. And this program has 40 projects which is going to change your lives, going to change the way the city develops. And the type of public transportation infrastructure that we have in place, the type of built form that we have in place, the experiences you’re going to have on the street… It’s going to have quite an impact on our lives.” 02

Much of what Mr. Galloway said during his presentation touched all the right notes with me:

“The automobiles aren’t going to leave our life, but we do and should have choices for transportation. It doesn’t have to be automobile-dependent. We can walk, we’ve got two legs. We can take the bus.” 02

But Mr. Galloway is mistaken if he thinks that simply identifying better lifestyle choices is going to get the job done. Because we’ve heard it all before. The Transportation Master Plan and the city’s Official Master Plan are full of flowery rhetoric. But when it comes time to put that rhetoric into practise, this city hasn’t done anything. Except posture.

And if you don’t think so, you only have to review some of the many posts on this blog.

Sources:
01. 2008/05/05 – CityLondon: Rec. to Planning Committee
02. 2008/05/01 – Sean Galloway’s library presentation

Seize the Moment Before it Disappears

March 3, 2008

Here’s a post that I found at Theater Of Cruelty and admired so much that I just had to ask for permission to repost it here:

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FCM National Action Plan for Housing

January 30, 2008

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Perhaps this new plan will have some positive impact where others have failed. One thing’s for sure… the problem is not new, it’s real, and it’s growing.

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Community Consultation re Waste Management

December 23, 2007

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“The broad field of waste management is a complex discipline that includes, but is not limited to, environmental protection, public education, waste reduction, recycling, composting, garbage collection, landfill construction and maintenance, data gathering and analysis, government regulation, and public relations. For municipal governments it requires staff that is continually learning new strategies, complying with government regulations and adapting and advancing techniques of waste diversion, collection and disposal. In London, the program is referred to as the Continuous Improvement System.” 01

Now, the City of London wants your opinion. You are being asked to read it’s just-released consultative ‘Road Map to Maximize Waste Diversion in London‘ report, that “outlines and explains a number of options the City has compiled and/or developed to help Londoners achieve higher diversion rates,” and to complete/submit a questionaire/comments form that it contains.

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The Ambassador London Debate

December 18, 2007

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I was a bit late tuning into the City Council meeting on Rogers13 last evening, and there was already a bit of a dustup in progress. Seems like London’s new Ambassador Program wants about $30,000 in ‘interim financing’ but didn’t present much financial information, and at least a few of those around the ‘shoe balked at taking a flyer. Which it seems to me, is as it should be.

So why did a motion to defer voting on the $30,000 until after the group presented Council with a business plan get defeated? Even more alarmingly to me, the fact that Council approved the request, and it wasn’t even a close vote!

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London CAReS Strategy

December 9, 2007

At it’s 2007/11/26 meeting, CAPS directed that the General Manager of Community Services further refine CAReS (“London’s Community Addictions Response Strategy – A Plan to Improve the Health Outcomes of our Addicted and Homeless Population and Make the Downtown Safer”), Phase One.

It’s anticipated that London’s share to implement the Strategy will be $1,122,200/year (for 5 years). Necessary commitments have yet to be secured from the federal and provincial governments.

The final report is on the agenda of this week’s CAPS meeting; click HERE to read it.

Links:
CAReS: Recommendation, Community Services GM and LPS Chief.
CAReS: Submission by London Homeless Coalition.
CAReS: Submission by London Centre of Hope.
CAReS: Submission by My Sisters’ Place.
CAReS: Submission by Old East Village Business Improvement Area.
CAReS: Submission by Old East Village Community Association.
CAReS: Submission by Street Connection.
CAReS: Submission by United Way.

Reviewing London’s Wastewater Strategy

December 9, 2007

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On this week’s ETC meeting agenda, a number of wastewater-related submissions…

First, we’ve got one titled “Review of Rainfall Intensity Duration Frequency Curves for City of London Under Climate Change.” I’ll give you a second to digest that. 😉 According to the agenda, there was a recent presentation made to Committee of the Whole “regarding the impacts of climate change and its potential impacts on the City’s water resources system and municipal infrastructure;” following that, Council requested more information. This appears to be the response to that request.

There’s one called “Wet Weather Overflow Strategy.”

And last but not least, there’s a sure-to-delight “Presentation to the International Solid Waste Association, September 2007” and “Waste Diversion Strategy Public Consultation Document and Recent Waste Diversion Initiatives.”

Appended:

Noah's Ark There’s a must-read article in this morning’s paper (‘City staff heeds alarm of scientist over sewers‘; Jonathan Sher; London Free Press; 2007/12/09) which provides more detail about the Rainfall Intensity submission, and UWO’s Dr. Slobodan Simonovic whose previous presentation warns that “storm sewers will be overwhelmed by torrential rains brought on by global warming” because the cost of the “much bigger drains, pipes and storm management ponds” which are required by a “worst-case scenario” is “unbearable for the city…these numbers are huge.”

Links:
2007/12/08 – FMBS: Wastewater Tax Increase
2007/12/11 – Green Daily: Driveways become grassways

Toronto’s Walking Strategy

December 8, 2007

Steps Towards a Walkable City‘ is the document which served as a framework for the initial discussion when Toronto embarked on it’s goal

In 1998 Toronto established the TPC (Pedestrian Committee).

On 2002/05/21, Toronto City Council unanimously adopted it’s Pedestrian Charter.

In 2007, the city hosted the 8th annual Walk21 conference
from Oct. 1-4.

Instead of resting on these laurels, Toronto continues to look for new ways to increase the city’s walkability.
On 2007/04/25 the 1st in a series of monthly “Walk21 workshops” on creating Toronto’s Walking Strategy took place.

Pedestrian Charter’s
Six Principles

Accessibility:
Walking is a free and direct means of accessing local goods, services, community amenities and public transit.

Equity:
Walking is the only mode of travel that is universally affordable, and allows children and youth, and people with specific medical conditions to travel independently.

Health and Well-being:
Walking is a proven method of promoting personal health and well-being.

Environmental Sustainability:
Walking relies on human power and has negligible environmental impact.

Personal and Community Safety:
An environment in which people feel safe and comfortable walking increases community safety for all.

Community Cohesion and Vitality:
A pedestrian-friendly environment encourages and facilitates social interaction and local economic vitality.

London Parking Authority?

December 7, 2007

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City administration presented a written submission and showed a presentation at the 2007/11/26 ETC meeting with respect to the 2008 Parking Strategy Business Plan. ETC directed administration to assess “the merits of establishing a parking authority in London” and to report back.

What is a Parking Authority?

In Toronto, the mandate of it’s PA is “to provide safe, attractive, conveniently located and competitively prices off and on-street public parking, which is required by commercial strips and neighbouring residential areas to survive. ”

Is this an attempt by those who believe that the culture of cars is indispensible to aid them in achieving a proliferation of cheap parking in the city core? (see: ‘Transportation Choices & Their True Cost‘)

Is this the way that London tries to get more people out of cars and tries to influence them to adopt alternate modes of transportation? (see: City of London’s Transportation Master Plan)

Where did the impetus for this come from?

Although it was signed by Mr’s Leckie & Steblin, the parking report contains an acknowledgement that it was “prepared based on the extensive work of Shane Maguire.” Readers of this blog will recall that (according to the City’s forced response to my Freedom of Information request) NO ACTION was taken after Mr. Maguire received the police report which identifies that the design of the Commissioners/Pond Mills signalized intersection is dangerous to pedestrians.

Links:
2007/12/11 – TheGuardian: McParking row as slow eaters are fined

Placemaking Design Issues

December 7, 2007

I note with considerable interest, the direction given to city administration by Planning Committee at it’s 2007/11/26 meeting, with respect to the “integration” of certain “design issues into the planning process in the future.”

Administration was directed to “prepare a report which describes how new forms of parks, such as parkettes, commons areas, and urban parks may be incorporated into new communities in London. At a minimum, this report should consider the costs of such park spaces (both capital and operating) and describe how such parks could impact municipal budgets relating to parks operations.”

Administration was also directed to “prepare a report which investigates opportunities and costs of enhancing the public realm in new communities – including widened boulevards, planted medians, enhanced landscaping, decorative street lighting, community entry features, gazebos, hard surface plazas, decorative street crossings, street furniture and other amenities.”

This is all very well and good, and I’m keen to see what the reports have to say when they come back to committee. But where is the pedestrian community in all this investigation and planning? Isn’t this just one more good reason why it’s important that London have a Pedestrian Committee?

“Start SCRUB’IN” Initiative

November 26, 2007

As part of it’s Graffiti Management Strategy, the City of London has proposed a new approach that it hopes will “reduce and discourage unsightly graffiti in London neighbourhoods.”

Contingent upon co-operation by Provincial Court Justices, graffitti vandals “would be ordered to clean and remove graffiti” using product (“including paint, brushes, rollers and graffiti remover“) supplied by the city.

Links:
2007/11/17 – FMBS: Bell’s Public Art Project
2007/11/23 – City of London: media release
2007/11/27 – LFP: Graffitti vandals may face forced cleanup

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Events – 2007/11/26

November 26, 2007

Date: 2007/11/26 (Monday)  
When: 4:00 pm – ?  
Where: City Hall
300 Dufferin Avenue
 
What: CAPS Meeting  
Community and Protective Services Committee. To download the meeting agenda, click HERE.


Date: 2007/11/26 (Monday)  
When: 4:00 pm – ?  
Where: City Hall
300 Dufferin Avenue
 
What: ETC Meeting  
Environment and Transportation Committee. To download the meeting agenda, click HERE.


Date: 2007/11/26 (Monday)  
When: 4:00 pm – ?  
Where: City Hall
300 Dufferin Avenue
 
What: Planning Cte. Meeting  
Planning Committee. To download the meeting agenda, click HERE.