The Town of Windsor has adopted a new future streets plan that will aid in the development of the Windsor border and Garlands Crossing area. (Submitted)
The Town of Windsor has adopted a new future streets plan that will aid in the development of the Windsor border and Garlands Crossing area.
The town hosted a public hearing regarding the adoption of a new Future Streets Map under the existing subdivision bylaw on Feb. 25.
Bill Butler, director of planning for the Town of Windsor, said the map shows the “general vicinity” in which consultants believe new roads should be constructed as the area experiences growth in the future.
“These proposed road locations are not engraved in stone. They are intended to be approximate,” said Butler.
Both the Town of Windsor and the Municipality of West Hants must accept the same Future Streets Map “to make it work,” Butler said.
“It was prepared on the basis that there was no border,” he added.
Butler noted that the map shows an extension of Cole Drive in the long run.
“At some point, Cole Drive would hopefully run down to the interchange close to Highway 14.”
No members of the general public were present at the public hearing, which was held prior to a regular monthly council meeting.
Two individuals, one citizen and one developer, submitted written statements expressing concern that some of the future streets shown in the map intersect their property.
Butler stressed that the adoption of the Future Streets Map does not guarantee a street will be built.
“I think the border committee is well aware that once we have the Future Streets Map in place, the implementation of that is going to require co-operation with landowners and with developers,” he said.
“At the end of the day, adoption of a future streets network does not force anybody to do anything,” he later added.
Landownership was not a consideration when the map was prepared. The goal was to have a consultant pinpoint the ideal locations for future streets.
“I think those kind of plans have to be done that way,” said Butler.
The border committee will handle such implementation matters as landownership and compensation plans prior to the construction of a new street, Butler added.
Council unanimously voted in favour of adopting the Future Streets Map during the council meeting that followed the public hearing.
In a follow up interview, Butler explained that The Crossing development was not as advanced when the first Future Streets Map was adopted in 2012.
“The old map showed two collector roads coming from the direction of Wentworth Road into the vicinity of The Crossing development while the new has one new collector road connection from this area to Cole Drive,” he noted in an e-mail.
“The new map also includes a larger area with a collector road connection from Cole Drive to Highway 14 near the interchange. In addition to local and collector roads, the new plan also… proposes a series of active transportation routes within the area.”
Butler said the recently adopted plan includes four new collector road connections and 11 local roads with the Garlands Crossing-Windsor border area along Highway 101, Highway 14, Highway 1, Payzant Drive and Wentworth Road.
“I think that a fair way to characterize the future street network is to provide a long-term plan to link road connections both within as well as into and out of the area, rather than maintain the current one way in and one way out road network,” he said.
The Windsor-West Hants Border Committee will decide when, and where, the new streets will be constructed once both municipalities have agreed on a Future Streets Map.
Windsor CAO Louis Coutinho said the map is based on the results of a transportation study that predicted future changes in traffic patterns in the area poised for growth.
Coutinho added that the map is a resource “councils would have to consider so that the development community has an indication on how their developments should be planned.”
“In the absence of that, development takes place haphazardly and access to and from the development becomes a secondary thought,” he added.