the City wants the property:
01 - The Transportation Department states there is a safety concern for trail
users crossing the intersection. The road leading to the property crosses the
paved Mill Creek trail that runs the length of the ravine from approximately
70 Avenue to the base of Connor's Hill.
- To incorporate the property into
the City's Ribbon of Green.
against their position:
01.1 - The City has presented no evidence, facts or data to support their claim
that this is a dangerous intersection. The Transportation Department could
not even answer the question "How much traffic crosses the trail at this
intersection?" when asked by the Committee.
01.2 - There has never been an accident at this intersection.
01.3 - There is clear signage for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
01.4 - The signage at this intersection is similar to the signage at the intersection
where the Mill Creek trail crosses 76 Avenue, a road used by exponentially
more vehicle traffic.
01.5 - The road used to access Mill Creek Ravine Swimming Pool crosses the
same trail and has similar signage, again a road that has more vehicular traffic
than the intersection in question.
01.6 - The road used to access the two homes at 87 Avenue crosses the Mill
Creek Ravine trail.
01.7 - Although this has been called an intersection, the facts are that hundreds,
if not thousands, of driveways to private homes in Edmonton cross sidewalks.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of back alleys cross sidewalks both in residential
and busy city centre areas. Virtually none of these intersections of walking
and vehicular traffic are signed. The safety concern is clearly specious.
01.8 - The few remaining residences in the Mill Creek ravine increase the level
of safety in the ravine. Click
here to read Butch Nutter's article on the subject.
- The City's policy on incorporating
homes and land into the Ribbon of Green
has been inconsistently implemented.
- The City acquired land on the North side of 98 Avenue to incorporate it into
the Ribbon of Green and then sold it to a developer to build condos. Click
here to read Edmonton Journal article
- There have been exceptions made for John Poole, former owner of PCL; Don
Wheaton of Wheaton Chevrolet Oldsmobile on Whyte Ave.; and Sandy Mactaggart
of Maclab Construction Company Ltd.; all of whom own large estate properties
within the Ribbon of Green.
02.2 - There are currently hundreds, if not thousands, of residences in the
Ribbon of Green and the City is not planning on expropriating them. These areas
includes in Mill Creek Ravine, Riverdale, Cloverdale, Rossdale, Lavigne (Skunk
Hollow), and Riverbend.
02.3 - The other 2 homes present in Mill Creek Ravine are not in threat of
expropriation by the City. In fact, one of the homes was on the market for
two years and the City did not purchase it.
02.4 - Edmonton has more green space per capita than any City in North America. Given
all the urgent needs in the City at this time, is it really the best use of
taxpayers dollars and the City Administration and Council's time and effort
to be expropriating this house? Wouldn't the money be better spent on social
services or infrastructure? And wouldn't it be more fair to buy houses currently
for sale in the "Ribbon of Green" than expropriating this one?
The City gave Mr. Wild no notification there was to be a committee meeting
on the expropriation of his property and they are fast tracked this matter
through to City Council. The first meeting by the Transportation and Public
Works Committee was on January 27, 2004 with the final Edmonton City Council
meeting just one week later on February 3, 2004. Mr. Wild requested to appear
before City Council at this meeting and was denied access. In fact, the entire
meeting on this matter was closed to the public.
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