I would ask that Council ask St. Olaf how many student permits they plan to issue for the new housing. They said a number of times that this project only increases parking by 25 spaces, however the number of permits the College made available previously was far less than 200. The actual increase would be significantly higher if they plan on making all or most of these available to students. Please ask St. Olaf to provide this detail. This is a significant omission.
Also, at the "Neighborhood Meeting" in December, a consultant, when asked what consideration has been given to address all of the changes to traffic in the NW sector (2 Greenvale Schools, a big housing development on the tree farm and the St. Olaf project) said they were in discussion with the City Staff on it . Could City Staff please comment on the status of these discussions?
Finally, the neighborhood meeting was the week of Christmas over the dinner hour. Really St. Olaf?
As a former resident of the west side neighborhood near St. Olaf, I have concerns about the college's parking and transit plans as expressed thus far in all documents submitted. hose concerns arise out of deep appreciation for the grid-based neighborhoods to the East of St. Olaf property, re-developments on the west side, a regular bicyclist/pedestrian commuter through this area, and supporter of the NFLD climate action plan. The traffic study uses too much old data and does not account for recent changes in the neighborhood - the new Greenvale Park, re-purposing of the old into an early childhood/preschool and re-purposing of Longfellow. The analysis by the PC showcases different way to think about the parking, including alternative transit and the CAP. The college's consultants fail to adequately address the CAP and are incorrect about shorter time/distances from Lincoln/STO to Target. Simply Google Map has same distance to go down STO Ave to Hwy 3 than out Lincoln to Hwy19.
As a resident of St. Olaf Avenue, I have strong concerns/objections to the parking plan on the east side of campus. During the webinar, the spokesman stated that there were only 25 "new" spaces, but a trip to campus to count existing spaces and a tabulation of those on the submitted "Site Plan" show many more added than that. In the now-gravel, unofficial lot by the football field, a jam of about 30 cars pack in there during football games. The new plan has an expanded lot of about 68 spaces. That and the completely new lot that extends behind the current Honors Houses (with limited numbers of parking spots available in their driveways), looks to have about 84 parking spaces there--many more than replacing those of the Honor's and former President's house. The graph of the traffic study on St. Olaf Avenue seems to be based on data circa 2011 or 2012. There have likely been more student vehicles on campus in the last 10 years. Please preserve the neighborhood. Reduce parking.