Findlay Creek Community Association Statement on the online Bank Street petition.

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Findlay Creek Community Association Statement on the online Bank Street petition.
July 20th, 2017

It has come to the Findlay Creek Community Association’s attention that there is an online petition circulating regarding traffic concerns on Bank Street.

Here are some preliminary points we would like to clarify, based on concerns expressed to us by community members:

  1. This is not a petition started by, nor endorsed by the FCCA;
  2. The FCCA was not informed that such a petition was being created, nor were we asked to collaborate;
  3. That said, the City of Ottawa typically does not accept online petitions, as there can be fake accounts and multiple entries by the same person. Should the FCCA choose to start a petition, we would follow the guidelines and policies as set out by the City of Ottawa to ensure it has the largest opportunity for success.

We understand that traffic issues are of concern, and would like to reassure all residents of Findlay Creek that the FCCA has been working with our City Councillors regarding this. We are fortunate that our community straddles two wards, and therefore we have representation from two councillors, George Darouze and Michael Qaqish.

The FCCA is in frequent contact with both Councillors offices, working towards making meaningful changes in our community. Although we admit some changes are happening more slowly than we would like, we are starting to see progress.

One change that has been recently announced is the redesign and addition of new lanes at Albion Road and Leitrim Road. The FCCA has been part of advocating for an improvement, and we are looking forward to these modifications (including new turning lanes to alleviate the traffic heading to Riverside South), which will allow traffic stuck on Albion during rush hour to move along more quickly.  There will be new traffic signals as well, which should improve the flow for those FC residents who travel via Albion Road.

Secondly, the FCCA has been advocating for intersection modification at Bank/Leitrim for some time. This year we were happy to report that the City and developers in our community have come to an agreement to jump start this project, which is a precursor to the Bank Street widening project.

However, we are aware that the commute to and from our community via Bank St can be frustrating, particularly at rush hour. With the new housing developments being planned for our neighbourhood, we have serious concerns about the influx of traffic that this will cause. The FCCA has communicated our concerns to City of Ottawa officials and will continue to put pressure on Council and City officials with this regard.

Regarding the current online petition that is circulating via social media.

The FCCA is not opposed to petitions.  They have a purpose and a beneficial outcome when done in a bonafide manner.  We do believe in following the guidelines and policies as set out by the City of Ottawa to ensure it has the largest opportunity for success. This would require a detailed background, cause and effect and description of the roads and intersections affected, as well as going door-to-door, and getting ink signatures and addresses.  The City often requires that for issues such as these, those signing petitions must have direct-impact of the issue (ie: someone from B.C. or across the globe could sign an online petition).

The FCCA is certainly open to creating a petition to express the concerns regarding infrastructure in our community.

However, the FCCA Board is made up of volunteers. We are you. We are your neighbours. The FCCA Board members do not get paid, and we are short of ‘free time’ like many of you.  We are always looking for new fresh faces.  We DO have volunteers that step up “ad hoc”, either at our community events, or coming up with their own initiatives; we would help support those that want to follow proper channels in making change in the community; we appreciate the interest and eagerness of the person who began this petition.

To provide background, the FCCA was formed in 2005, and we have excellent, established relationships with our elected representatives, at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.  Our mission is to be an advocate for residents on significant issues that affect the quality of life in Findlay Creek.  We are here for you, and we want you to join us; the larger we are, the louder our voice.

Thank you once again to those that contacted the FCCA to express concern and ask questions.  We are very invested in improving traffic conditions and commutes for everyone!

Please feel free to contact us via any of the below methods.  Also, a reminder to please feel free to join as a volunteer; no time commitment is too small!


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