Councillor blasts policy

Attempts to slow traffic down have received a rough ride from one Vernon politician.

Coun. Catherine Lord opposed the city rescinding its current traffic calming policy and replacing it with a new neighbourhood traffic management policy.

“We are replacing a six-page policy with a 31-page policy. I’d like to keep things simple,” said Lord.

“If I was a resident and I had problems on my street, I’d be insulted to read a 31-page policy. I’d like to see it rewritten and reduced in scope.”

City staff indicated that while the previous policy was six pages long, there were two lengthy support documents (339 pages), and they have all been condensed into the new policy to provide details on when traffic calming may be considered in a neighbourhood.

Most of Lord’s colleagues came to the defence of staff.

“For the neighbourhoods, it’s good to have it written as clear as it is,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“People don’t understand the policies and it doesn’t hurt to reiterate them,” added Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

Lord got support from Coun. Bob Spiers.

“It’s a long report that could have been condensed more,” he said.



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