Deer Run Avenue Laneway Access Class Environmental Assessment

Project update

Engineering and Construction staff presented the results of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the local roadway servicing needs at the east end of Deer Run Avenue to the Community Services Committee (CSC) on September 12, 2016, and the following recommendation was approved by Town Council on September 19, 2016.

  1. That the Deer Run Avenue Emergency Access Laneway Class Environmental Assessment Study, as presented in the staff report dated September 1, 2016, from the Engineering and Construction Department, be received.
  2. That staff be requested to review the sight lines for the safety of children crossing on Deer Run Avenue and Acacia Court.

As a result, the EA process is now complete and no further action is expected. Deer Run Avenue will remain status quo as a temporary emergency access until such time as it is extended as part of future land development.

Staff from the Engineering and Construction Department visited the intersection of Deer Run Avenue and Acacia Court in October 2016 to review the sightlines. It was observed that sightlines were impacted by branches from trees that were overhanging onto the road allowance. The branches have since been pruned back and off of the road allowance to improve sightlines.

During the Deer Run Avenue Class EA, staff received requests for an all-way stop at the intersection of Deer Run Avenue and Acacia Court. Sightlines were cited as one reason for this request.

The all-way stop warrant analysis looks at traffic volumes, collision history and sightline distances. Staff have conducted the all-way stop warrant calculations and found that an all-way stop is not warranted at this location. Traffic volumes and collision history do not meet the warrant thresholds, and the sightlines have been addressed as discussed above.

Please be assured that the Oakville Fire department will still be able to provide access to this route in an emergency and both Halton Police and ambulance services have indicated to the town that they can provide service to the subdivision through the existing roads. Other municipal and regional services such as garbage collection and snow removal will also be accommodated on existing roads.

Background

The Town of Oakville has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to study and address the local roadway servicing needs at the east end of Deer Run Avenue. While the temporary emergency access is not a public roadway, there has been public use of the emergency access to gain access to and from Winston Churchill Boulevard. The town has recently restricted access to the temporary emergency access to prevent such public use pending a review of the local road network and transportation needs of the community through a Class Environmental Assessment.

The town wishes to provide a safe, efficient and integrated transportation system for the movement of people and goods, and to modify the existing road network in this area as may be required to achieve this objective.

Public consultation

Public Information Centre #2 was held on May 19, 2016. Meeting materials and frequently asked questions are listed along with additional information about the project.

Public Information Centre #1 was held on November 26, 2015. Meeting materials are listed along with additional information about the project.

For more information

Jill Stephen, Senior Manager, Transportation
Engineering and Construction Department
905-845-6601, ext. 3308
jill.stephen@oakville.ca