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Thoughts from Tom Chapman on keeping the Molly Banister Extension

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The Molly Banister extension should not be removed from the City plan for the following reasons:

  1. This street extension was included in the original development plan at the time of the Bower Centre Mall and the Bower subdivision, recognising the need to provide proper future access to the shopping centre and commercial developments both north of the Mall and on Gaetz Avenue, as well as the projected population growth in future eastern residential subdivisions.
  1. The City has continued to grow in those areas, with planning currently as far as 20th Avenue, and the need for increased access to the Bower Mall and neighboring businesses will continue.
  2. The current left turn access for westbound traffic to the Mall from 32 Street via 47th Avenue was opposed by many, and hotly debated by Council at the time. Clearly access via Molly Banister would take a traffic load off 32st., and 47th Avenue which was never designed to provide access to the Mall.
  3. If the extension is removed from the plan and the lands are converted to residential use the ability to provide proper access to businesses in Bower and on Gaetz Avenue will be forever lost, unless the City is prepared to go to the huge costs of a future expropriation.
  4. Unless there has been some changes to planning legislation, City development bylaws, or required standards, the developer is required to dedicate lands for all roads required for it’s development, as well as a percentage for park and playground areas.
  5. The Developer, with decades of experience in the City, would be well aware of this requirement in determining what it was prepared to pay for the land.
  6. Clearly, If the Developer can persuade Council to remove the extension this will result in housing development on the extension area, increased profit for the developer, and long term detriment of the City. A huge benefit for the developer!
  7. Currently 19th Street provides direct convenient access to Gasoline Alley to the detriment of City businesses and particularly the downtown. By eliminating the ability to develop the extension and push more traffic on to  19th Street the City will increase the attractiveness of Gasoline Alley for more businesses to develop there or relocate from within the City downtown and other areas, and will not take any pressure off 32 street. I would think that the Downtown Business Association should be concerned, as well as businesses along south Gaetz Ave.
  8. The next concern is 32 street. The City proposal to expand 32 street  would require six lanes over Piper Creek. Otherwise keeping it at 4 lanes creates a bottleneck that would restrict traffic flow and increase traffic on 47 Avenue. The impact of this expansion upon the value of adjacent homes cannot be underestimated.  Currently hundreds of thousand dollars are being spent to stabilize the current structure over Piper Creek. I prefer to an early start on construction of the extension and spending the money on a proper overpass of Piper creek on the extension route rather than expansion of the current overpass on 32  Street.

Removal of the Extension is a mistake!

Respectfully submitted

Thomas Chapman

I think it will be really important for your group to get strong representation from Bower Mall

which I think would be most adversely affected if the eastern access from 22 street to Molly Banister is eliminated.

I think they have always relied on the promised Molly Banister extension being built, and

I can’t imagine that they proceeded with the recent upgrades to the Mall without this in mind.

They may have had some discussions or assurances from City planners?

Also there are other businesses in the area such as Sim’s Furniture, new businesses in the

former Legion building and on Geatz Avenue which may have concerns.

One point I did miss is that the westerly end of Molly Banister leads to direct access to Taylor Drive

and this could take pressure off 32 Street.

Tom

Political editor/writer and retired oilfield supervisor

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DIGNITY OF WORK

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Dignity of Work

Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

December 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

Walking the streets of downtown Red Deer, Alberta paints a very bleak picture. “For sale” and “for lease” signs are nearly more frequent than business signage. This isn’t solely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather the result of crippling government policies that have knee-capped businesses over the past five years.

Bill C-69 (no more pipelines), Bill C-48 (tanker ban), expansion of Tax on Split Income rules, Canada Pension Plan enhancements, Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, an overly-complex tax regime, corporate subsidies and crony capitalism have suffocated the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada.

There is dignity in work. There is personal pride in earning a paycheque.

Canada’s economy has been devastated by the disjointed response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs have been lost. Business have been shuttered or permanently closed. The mental health of Canadians has never been more fragile.

There is however, hope.

After listening to Chrystia Freeland present the Fall Economic Statement 2020, I am calling on your government to immediately do the following:

  1. Repeal all anti-oil & gas legislation noted above.
  2. Commission a private sector study of the Income Tax Act with the aim of major reform.
  3. Immediately fast track all projects waiting for approval with the Canada Energy Regulator.
  4. Eliminate corporate subsidies in all sectors of the economy.
  5. Release timely COVID-19 data to enable Canadians to make educated health decisions.
  6. Suspend foreign aid programs until Canada has fully repaid debt accumulated due to COVID-19.
  7. Replace Carbon Tax legislation with free market competition focused on innovation.
  8. Legislate a decrease in federal bureaucrat wages until the federal budget is balanced.

Sincerely,

 

Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

[email protected]

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