The North Leaside Traffic Committee's informal mail-in survey produced a favourable result for the cul-de-sac option. However, to accurately determine North Leaside's appetite for traffic calming measures, my office conducted a formal poll this past May.
For a proposal to pass and move to Community Council for approval, a minimum of 50% + 1 of eligible voters needed to participate with those in favour comprising of 60% + 1 of the total.
The recent formal vote had a 65.8% voter turnout but only 46.9% were in favour, so the proposal failed. Subsequently, I will not be proceeding any further with this proposed traffic calming solution.
Here are the facts and figures:
There was a total of 3,017 electors. This number reflects the most up to date voters' list (2,843) and an additional 174 individuals who were not captured on the list (moved into neighbourhood, became of age etc.).
Total Voted – 1,988 (65.8%)
Total In Favour – 932 (46.9%)
Total Opposed – 1,056 (53.1%)
A total of 362 ballots were deemed “questionable” for a variety of reasons; some of these were allowed (196 ballots) while others were spoiled (166 ballots). In determining which ballots were spoiled and which were valid, I kept in mind that the ultimate goal of the NLTC poll was to measure opinion (while maintaining integrity of the process). In deciding "questionable" ballots as valid, my office crosschecked submitted votes with City Clerk's database of registered voters. Of the 362 ballots, 123 were in favour of the proposal while 239 were opposed. However, irrespective of the decisions made, there is no combination of choices regarding those 362 “questionable” ballots which would have resulted in a different outcome.
SPOILED – 30 in favour & 136 opposed
Duplicates, late submission or illegible
In Favour - 13
Opposed - 34
Not eligible to vote due to address
In Favour - 0
Opposed - 25
Missing street number or no address
In Favour - 17
Opposed - 77
DEEMED VALID – 93 in favour & 103 opposed
Affidavit not submitted
In Favour - 73
Opposed - 101
In Favour - 20
Opposed - 2
NORTH LEASIDE TEMPORARY CUL-DE-SAC POLL
May 1st, 2018 to June 30th, 2018
Key Facts About the Cul-de-Sac Poll
* Ballot will come in mail.
* Every person in a household 18 years of age and over can return a ballot. Additional ballots can be requested by calling Councillor Burnside's office at (416) 392-0215. An affidavit(s) provided with additional ballot(s) that will need to be completed and returned.
* Ballots can be completed and returned online at www.tinyURL.com/NLeasidePoll. Note: Those not on the voter record, typically children of homeowners, 18 years of age and over with that home as their primary address, or renters, will need to file an affidavit to validate vote, even if ballot is completed online.
* You can also return a ballot by taking a picture of the completed ballot and returning to Councillor_Burnside@toronto.ca. However, the same provisions regarding affidavit apply.
* Only fully completed Ballots that comply with the rules will be counted.
* Ballots can also be dropped off or returned by regular mail to: Councillor Burnside, 100 Queen St. W., Suite A16, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2.
Key Elements of the Cul-de-Sac Proposal
* Temporary (up to one year) implementation of a cul-de-sac near the intersections of Glenvale Blvd, Broadway Ave. and Craig Cres, respectively, and Bayview Ave, using concrete barriers, commonly called Jersey barriers.
* If it passes, the temporary implementation would not go into effect until the Bayview and Eglinton intersection has been returned to normal two lane operation. Metrolinx anticipates lifting intersection restrictions in the Spring of 2019.
* City Transportation will measure internal traffic in north and south Leaside at key points before and after implementation to provide facts regarding the traffic impact of the proposal.
* To pass, 50%+1 must vote and 60% of respondents must be in favour
* If the poll passes, the result could still need to be ratified in Community Council and/or Public Works
* A future Poll would be required to make the proposal permanent
Below is the slide presentation of updated traffic concerns given by the NLTC at the Town Hall on April 18, 2018.
Below are two links to a recorded video of Councillor Burnside's April 18th Town Hall to announce the Temporary Cul-de-Sac Traffic Calming Poll:
(Please excuse the video and sound quality, as the Town Hall was recorded by the NLTC using a home video camera in an effort to be helpful to the community)
FOR INFORMATION IN ADDITION TO THE POLL ANNOUNCEMENT TOWN HALL ABOVE, PLEASE SCROLL FURTHER DOWN TO THE MAY 9TH, 2017 NLTC TOWN HALL PRESENTATION AND VIDEO LINKS.
North Leaside Traffic Committee (NLTC) Traffic Calming Survey
May 9th, 2017
The North Leaside Traffic Committee (NLTC), working with Councillor Jon Burnside, held town hall meetings on May 9th and June 14th. Two options to increase safety, reduce volume, and improve quality of life in north Leaside were presented to the community. Access to an online survey to determine residents' preferences was posted on the Councillor's website. Printed versions were also made available. Respondents had until June 30th to participate.
Over 750 votes were tabulated, a very good response rate. The ‘Cul-de-Sacs’ (option 1) was selected as the preferred option by 69% of the respondents, while 9% of the respondents favoured ‘One-Ways’ (option 2) and 22% of respondents did not want either option. The speed reduction from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on the Rumsey Rd and Sutherland Dr road segments fronting Northlea Elementary School was supported by 86% of respondents.
It was brought to our attention that the Phase 2 aspect of the Cul-de-Sacs option caused some confusion. Should the community vote to move forward with the Cul-de-Sac plan in the formal poll, traffic volumes on Donlea Dr and Divadale Dr would be assessed to determine if additional measures, such as diverters, are warranted. It is anticipated the Phase 2 effort would require another poll, though this poll may be limited to the roads directly affected.
Based on the results of the survey, the NLTC has recommended to Councillor Burnside that he initiate a City Clerk's office-led process to poll north Leaside residents for the implementation of the Cul-de-Sacs option as presented to the community. This would be the "Official Vote". A successful poll in favour of the Cul-de-Sacs option would result in a temporary implementation for up to one year, pending approval by the City and Community Council. A second poll would be needed at a later date to implement the plan on a permanent basis. The proposed process is in full accordance with City Traffic Calming policies.
We will continue to meet, liaise and lobby:
- the City of Toronto Transportation Services for implementation of the proposed traffic plan and any appropriate future measures
- Metrolinx/Crosslinx to monitor construction-related lane restriction plans and make recommendations to minimize traffic impacts
- the Leaside Property Owner's Association (LPOA) to coordinate and work through both NLTC and LPOA proposals
- City Planning Department-led Laird Focus Group study initiative to determine broader area traffic management issues related to future development
We wish to express our gratitude to Councillor Burnside and his team for their assistance in this process, the community for attending the town halls, and spreading the word within the community about the process as well as volunteers who went door-to-door and lobbied their neighbours to encourage participation.
Early in 2015, I formed traffic committees in both North and South Leaside, each with a mandate to assess Leaside’s traffic situation and offer potential solutions to community concerns of volume, safety and quality-of-life issues.
In selecting committee members, I sought to have a wide scope of representation; people residing on both “quiet” and “busy” streets and people with different perspectives -- seniors, those with school-aged children, newer residents and long-time ones as well.
After two years and literally thousands of hours or work, the North Leaside Traffic Committee (NLTC) presented their findings to the community at the Town Hall I hosted on May 9. Although they formulated 16 different plans, they narrowed the options down to two for the community to consider.
John Gaitanakis, chair of the NLTC, gave a detailed overview of the situation, a recommended traffic calming proposal and then answered questions from a packed William Lea Room.
In deciding upon a preferred solution, it was stressed that the NLTC took a community-wide view of the challenge rather than a street-to-street approach where there would be winners and losers. Their proposal was the only one of the sixteen in which any potential negative impact (primarily inconvenience) would be borne by all members of community equally. Also highlighted was the fact that intensification of the Eglinton Corridor between Bayview and Don Mills will bring thousands of new residents to the area. Not only will this presumably increase “cut through” traffic, the political implications are such that this may be the last chance to tackle the problem.
While the NLTC presented a traffic maze as one of the options, it ultimately recommended creating cul-de-sacs at each of the entry points to the community from Bayview Ave. The proposal would first be implemented as a short term pilot project so that the community would have an opportunity to change its mind.
The NLTC is requesting that residents complete a short survey before June 30. If the community responds favourably, then further consultation will occur over the coming months and a formal poll would occur. To move forward, a minimum of 60% of voting age residents would need to respond with 50% +1 answering favourably. Any changes would still need to be approved by Community Council.
Recognizing it is difficult for people to carve out time to attend a Town Hall meeting, the NLTC and my office have prepared a series of multi-media alternatives so you may review those materials presented at the meeting and the options being proposed.
Importantly, a link to the online survey is also below. Please provide your feedback after informing yourself of the options. As in the 2015 Traffic Survey, we are accepting one vote per voting member in a household.
Thank you for your time and attention in this important matter.
Councillor Jon Burnside
1) Video of May 9 NLTC Town Hall meeting and follow-on Q&A period
(Video link launches YouTube in a separate window and is broken in to three segments. You can expand to full screen, pause and rewind as needed.)
3) NLTC Survey - One survey per voting member in a household - Survey closes June 30, 2017
Note: Included in the survey, there is a 25 minute town hall presentation executive summary of the NLTC proposals which you can elect to view. Otherwise, you can move straight to the survey.