City of Red Deer seeks public feedback on roundabouts
The City of Red Deer wants to hear your thoughts on how multi-lane roundabouts can be made easier for drivers and pedestrians in the city.
Engineering Services is seeking to understand how Red Deerians have adjusted to the existing multi-lane roundabouts so they can consider improvements in the design phase of the new roundabout that will be built at 19 Street and 40 Avenue.
“Adding a roundabout at that intersection will improve safety as reduced speeds and fewer points of impact are proven to reduce serious injury collisions,” said Konrad Dunbar, Engineering Services Manager. “We want to know what Red Deerians think can be improved now that we have had two multi-lane roundabouts in the city for a while.”
The survey is now live on The City’s website at www.reddeer.ca/surveys and will be active until April 12, 2021.
Drivers with questions or concerns about driving in roundabouts are encouraged to visit the City’s Roundabout education website at www.roundabout.how.
What is a Modern Roundabout?
A modern roundabout is a one-way circular intersection that reduces traffic congestion while maximizing safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. They are different than other circular intersections, commonly referred to as traffic circles. A modern roundabout can be thought of as one intersection with an island in the middle, while traffic circles can be thought of as a series of T-intersections.
With slower speeds and fewer points of impact, modern roundabouts have been proven to reduce serious and fatal collisions for all users by up to 80 per cent. Modern roundabouts also reduce delays because drivers yield rather than stop at a red light, and they can handle higher traffic volumes than traditional signalized intersections.
Roundabouts are new for many drivers, but following these basic steps will help you safely navigate roundabouts as a motorist or cyclist:
- As you approach the roundabout, slow down and watch for signs to help you select what lane you need to be in, based on whether you’re turning right, left or going straight through.
- Choose your lane and signal, just as you would at a regular intersection.
- Yield to pedestrians in the entry crosswalk.
- Look to the left, yield to all traffic, pedestrians and cyclists in the roundabout, and enter when it is safe to do so.
- Stay in your lane to your exit.
- Signal right, exit the roundabout and yield to pedestrians in the exit crosswalk.
Council boosting budget for Downtown Business Association
Council approves 2024 DBA budget, increased investment in events
“The DBA remains steadfast in its objective to build on the growth seen in 2023. The collaboration between The City of Red and the DBA is at all time high and with the pending actions set to be delivered through the Downtown Activation Playbook, I know there are many great things to come that will support our business community and create the thriving downtown we all want to experience,” said Amanda Gould, DBA Executive Director.
“Today Council demonstrated their commitment to their strategic priorities with the support shown to the DBA through unanimous support of the 2024 budget. This mighty Association continues to do great work on a shoestring budget and the 2024 Board of Directors are keen to lend their expertise and entrepreneurial skills to benefit the downtown in its entirety.”
Brandon Bouchard, DBA Board Chair
The DBA’s budget is partially funded through the BIA tax levy, which is collected by The City of Red Deer. Each year, the DBA presents its proposed budget to Council for their consideration. When reviewing the budget, Council considers alignment between the DBA’s downtown priorities and City’s community priorities.
“DBA has constantly hit far above its weight in our downtown, I can’t think of a more supportive messenger of promotion than the team at the DBA, it’s so encouraging to see this strong support for our downtown,” said Mayor Ken Johnston. “I’m encouraged by the leadership and direction of the DBA and look forward to what they have in store for 2024. They continually bring positive initiatives to the downtown even with the constraint on finances.”
The DBA’s total approved budget for 2024 is $775,160, with $277,725 funded through the BIA with the remaining amount funded through items such as grants and contracts. The BIA portion for 2024 is an increase of five per cent from 2023.
The Downtown Business Association has been operating in Red Deer for more than 30 years, serving approximately 350 business owners in the Downtown area. Through partnerships and leadership in advocacy and promotion, the DBA is the catalyst for a vibrant and prosperous downtown that is the place to live, work, play and do business.
Annexation allows City of Red Deer to build new “Gasoline Alley” commercial district along QE2
Annexation with Red Deer County approved
Following that, the application was prepared for the annexation of approximately 216 hectares of land from Red Deer County. Based on landowner consultation, the proposed annexation area was altered from the Notice of Intent to Annex Land to include the entirety of one of the landowners’ parcels.
Then in April of this year, the annexation was moved to the next step, when both Red Deer City Council and Red Deer County Council passed a resolution endorsing The City to submit an Annexation Application and Negotiations Report to the Land and Property Rights Tribunal. A Land and Property Rights Tribunal hearing was held on June 20, which allows the Tribunal to receive information and evidence from interested parties. After considering the submissions from all parties, the Tribunal made an annexation recommendation to the Minister of Municipal Affairs for the decision to be made.
Now that the annexation was successfully approved by the province, area structure plans will be prepared and adopted by bylaw, by Red Deer City Council. These annexed lands are intended to be developed as a regional commercial development along Highway 2, providing The City with a significant economic development opportunity.
“Securing this annexation approval has been a great success, thanks to all the collaborative partnerships involved. As we move forward, we’re enthusiastic about the potential economic boost this annexation will bring, especially in addressing our shortage of commercial land along the highways,” said David Girardin, Major Projects Planner.
Annexation is used by municipalities to realign jurisdictional boundaries to ensure a sufficient land supply for long-term development. The Intermunicipal Development Plan (IDP) between The City and Red Deer County provides guidance for all annexations.
To learn more information about this annexation are encouraged to visit www.reddeer.ca/annexation.
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