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City says 'Yes' to New School Zone near Jennie Elliott

posted Feb 2, 2011, 4:22 AM by Geoffrey Vanderburg   [ updated Feb 3, 2011, 8:58 PM ]
By Duncan Kent
Lakeview News & Views 
January/February 2011

As the new year begins I hope everyone had a chance to relax and spend some time with friends and family over the holidays. It was a quiet time for most and good to recharge our batteries for all the upcoming activities.

We had some good news in December on an issue that has long been a concern to parents of children attending Jennie Elliott and users of the off-leash area along 66th. The city has agreed that a school zone should be implemented along 66th in the area next to Jennie Elliott and has indicated that this will be in place early in the new
year. This means a speed limit of 30 km/hr during school hours and a considerable improvement in safety for children crossing 66th on their way to and from school. This should also make it less attractive for traffic wishing to avoid congestion on Glenmore Trail and therefore cut down on the volume of traffic using 66th. We as residents may find it somewhat frustrating to have to slow down on our way to and from our homes but we have to remember that safety for children has to take the highest priority.

The planning team seeking a route for a SW ring road has invited two representatives from each potentially affected community, including Lakeview, to attend what they describe as a 'workshop' at which the route alternatives under consideration will be presented. This is scheduled for January 29th and is supposed to provide an opportunity for the planning team to gather input and ideas that could improve their concepts. The workshop will, as we understand the consultation process, be followed, probably in March, by public open houses where everyone will have an opportunity to view the options and provide comments. We will, of course, do our best to provide adequate notice so that anyone interested can attend the open houses.

Duncan Kent is the president of the Lakeview Community Association. He can be reached at duncan.kent@shaw.ca.
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