By RTH Staff
Published December 06, 2012
On the September 12, 2012 Council meeting, councillors approved the following motion to establish a one-way to two-way study group:
11. Establishment of a Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 One-Way to Two-Way Street Study Group (Item 9.1)
Whereas there are over 100 one-way streets remaining in Hamilton;
And Whereas increasingly, there appears to be a strong convergence of public opinion in Hamilton in favour of converting one way street conversion to benefit adjacent retail businesses, slow traffic, improve pedestrian movements, and generally increase liveability in neighbourhoods, especially in Downtown Hamilton;
And whereas the 2008 City of Hamilton Transportation Master Plan included recommendations on a number of one-way street conversions, which have not yet taken place;
And Whereas the one-way street conversions that have taken place (James/John, York/Wilson, Caroline, Hess and Park to be completed soon) have been successful;
And Whereas City staff is generally supportive of one-way conversions, but require strong and unequivocal political support to move ahead with adequate financial resources;
And Whereas, the majority of one-way streets exist in Wards 1 and 2.
Therefore be it resolved:
(a) That a Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 - One-Way to Two-Way Street Study Group be established to study and report on possible one-way street conversions in the downtown area, specifically Cannon Street and Queen Street, to inform the requisite environmental assessments;
(b) That staff be directed to prepare a budget for the Study for consideration during the 2013 budget process;
(c) That membership of the Study Group consist of the Ward 1, Ward 2 and Ward 3 Councillors and appropriate Public Works staff, and include public consultation with interested individuals and groups including neighbourhood associations, affected residents, Business Improvement Areas and other commercial users, and other interested City Councillors;
(d) That staff be directed to investigate and report back on a reverse flow model.
Residents who are interested in participating in the study group should contact Councillor Brian McHattie and Councillor Jason Farr.
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