Originally Posted by DubberDom
Absolutely, and this project will move forward because idiot Councillors like Stephen Blais want to go ahead. There is absolutely no local support for this project.
Furthermore, they are about to start an Environmental Assessment to review options to either expand or divert the current 174 east of Trim to Rockland
If they go ahead with this project prior to completing the EA, this will essentially mean that there is no "alternative" option to redirect traffic from the 2-lane 174, and making into 4 lanes is the only option
From the stupid question department:
Let's assume that City Council agrees to the EA statement of work (Transportation Committee already has) and then further assume that at some point after that date City Council also gives the go ahead to this suburb project*.
Would not then the County of Prescott-Russell be in a position to take the City of Ottawa to the OMB? After all, one of the more legitimate reasons the OMB exists at all is to deal with inter-municipal issues.
*My understanding is that at this point in time, the developers are petitioning to have their land added to the urban boundary rather than proposing an actual fully planned community; subdivision planning would still remain to be done, including set asides for road allowances, a process that would probably take a few years... so even if this land somehow got added to the urban boundary, there would be plenty of time and opportunity to secure the land for any possible road corridor.
That makes my earlier question somewhat redundant, but taken together I think we can safely conclude that one way or another this urban boundary extension proposal will not have any real bearing on the 174/17 EA study.
And given all the foregoing, the developers should probably just give it up at this point in time since they are just wasting everyone's time. I would guess that the results of a completed EA study (which includes not just where the road will go, but also the East Transitway) would in fact increase the likelihood of their lands being added to the urban boundary the next time around.