On September 12th, the Planning Committee also approved new design guidelines for neighbourhood collector streets. Developers will use the guidelines when planning collector streets in new subdivisions, so the changes will eventually lead to wider sidewalks, separated cycling facilities, more space for trees and shorter street-crossing distances for pedestrians in developing communities across the city. The City will also use the guidelines when we rebuild existing collectors.
Including these features might result in marginally higher construction costs, somewhere between five and 15 per cent. But these costs would be offset by improved street function and quality, as well as improved operations and maintenance.
Items approved at the Planning Committee meeting will go to Council on Wednesday, September 25.