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by Doug Harvey
Is All That Planning Really Working

Recently there was a Public Open House and Meeting regarding a new development along East Road. In the proposal was a large lot (Block 72) for a residential development geared to seniors that could include a possible long term care facility, a retirement home and/or apartments consisting of approximately 120 units.

In the plan for the long term care facility, if I remember correctly, required a .99 parking space per resident for that type of building, and I remember at the meeting the planner for the project stating that these parking requirements have been in place for many years.

Some questions came to me as I was going by the Port Stanley Extendicare long term care facility that's on East Road at approximately 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 27th, 2019. As I was going by the property I couldn't help but notice that the parking lot was full and there was several cars parked on the shoulder along the west side of East Road. It just didn't make any sense, so I stopped and took some photos. I also remembered that many times when taking East Road that as I go by that facility it always seems very busy.

The first question that came to mind was that if this facility was built following proper planning regulations then why was the parking lot full and several people accessing that facility parked on the road? If this place was built following any kind of planning regulations then parking availability on the property should not have been a issue.

The problem with people parking on the shoulder of East Road around that facility is that many vehicles end up parking partially on the edge of the road very close to traffic. My next question from this safety issue was that was this an early form of traffic calming measures introduced at the time of construction to slow traffic along East Road?

If the current long term care facility on East Road followed planning regulations when it was first developed, and now has insufficient parking, would this new proposed larger long term care facility have the same problem once the parking lot was full or will the park across the road end up as a municipal paid parking lot?

Another question that has to deal with access issues or traffic calming measures that seem to be required after a development has been built. Would it not save substancial sums of tax-payers money and tax-payer frustration that those now bare-bone necessities were incorporated into the plans before these developments get built?

Last Updated: Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:24:10 PM EST

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