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2013-10-30 minutes

7:00 p.m.,  Wed Oct 30th , 2013.  
Location: Fox & Feather Pub - 283 Elgin (at Maclaren)

CA`s represented:
  Action Sandy Hill, Centretown Citizens Community Association, Old Ottawa East CA, Island Park CA

1) Administrative
  - Agenda review, Meeting Secretary
  - Approval of Minutes: Jun 30, 2013

2) 2013 Draft TMP, OCP and Pedestrian Plan review
  - the CA`s present each presented their main areas of concern regarding these plans
  - a discussion followed to highlight those areas which represented common themes or concerns that were common to more than one CA and which should be highlighted by the CCC
  - those concerns were:

a) Interprovincial Transit
   - need a plan to reduce the cars cuttting through downtown CA`s (in both directions)
   - need a plan to reduce the volume of STO buses on Rideau & Wellington

b)  Interprovincial Truck Route-Trucks in the downtown
   - need for a review of the current truck routes to explore possibilities to reduce the impact of the current truck routes (short term action)
  - and a need for the City to be proactive and take the lead with other levels of government to get started on a new long term plan (now that the east end interprovincial bridge project was halted)

c) A more ambitious cycling plan
  - the proposed TMP has a very ambitious plan to transform transit but only a status quo plan to improve cycling
  - we are not clear on why the `affordability lens` allows for such an ambitious transit plan but an un-ambitious cycling plan and we would like to request more focus on correcting missing links and unsafe stretches of road for cycling in our communities

d) Improving the Pedestrian experience
  - because so many people walk in the downtown communities, we need more emphasis on improving walkability and safety.  These include...better repairs of cracks & holes in existing sidewalks, better snow and ice clearing, slowing of traffic in areas of high pedestrian volumes
 - also there are many measures that can be made that communicate the pre-eminence of walking in our communities such as compelling construction sites to keep sidewalks more open during construction periods

e) More visibility of decision making criteria on TMP infrastructure projects
 - in general, there was a sense that not enough information had been provided in the TMP to indicate why certain transit, cycling, and road projects were prioritized over others
 - even city councillors seemed in the dark on many of these
 - also, the plan contains many changes from the 2008 plan and we felt there would be more credibility of the current plan if it explained the reasoning behind the changes (ie.. why did many important projects in 2008 suddenly become so much less of a priority)

These points will be summarized in a text document and circulated on the CCC list for comment before sending to the City.  The Chair volunteered to attend the Nov 15 Transportation Committee meeting to speak to these points in front of the committee

There was another point on cost recovery which some CA`s felt should be made while others were unsure.  The basic idea is that those who travel the most via the most costly modes should bear a greater burden of paying for those modes (both capital and operational).  The City had announced it would not be pursuing this direction and some felt the CCC should push for this to change.  Others felt that any shifting of costs might lead to fewer people taking transit which would be an undesireable outcome.  It may also lead to increased friction between citizens in different areas of the City.   It was agreed that a draft text would be circulated so that those CA`s could discuss internally before committing to support the CCC bringing this up at Transportation Committee.

Next Meeting Nov 27th at the Clocktower pub.