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Conceptual design of the mountain lake pedestrian crossing, walkways and possible parking spaces.

UPDATE: Council agreed to move forward with the crosswalk with financial assistance from Ontario Parks and also decided to allow on-road parking in the immediate park area in 2022, eliminating fines from $400 set up last summer.

A study of parking needs must be completed during the summer.

Councilors expressed concern about the high cost of the crossing, the walkway and the installation of paid parking spaces, while noting the need to improve pedestrian and road safety.

“There have been all kinds of comments, negative and positive,” Mayor Steve Ferguson said. “We have neighbor against neighbor, neighbor against business, business against neighbor. We have conflicting opinions and viewpoints among board members. We cannot let this languish.

FEB. 23: Council will consider a budget request of over half a million dollars for the detailed design and construction of a crosswalk, walkway and possible curbside parking as a safety measures along a controversial stretch of County Road 7 surrounding Lake on the Mountain Provincial Park.

City staff recommend asking the province for funds to offset the crossing, as preliminary discussions with Ontario Parks staff suggest part of the project could be shared.

The recommended conceptual design is expected to cost between $527,870 (if an asphalt walkway is implemented) and $604,190 (if concrete). Roadside parking has been included in the conceptual design and expected cost.

At Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, staff is recommending that a parking analysis be done to determine if and how many roadside parking spaces might be needed. The parking analysis would be funded from the municipality’s parking reserve fund, with the remainder coming from the road construction reserve.

Parking and traffic issues at Lac sur la Montagne have been the subject of municipal discussions for over a decade, but came to a head in the summer of 2020 with unprecedented visitor numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic. . The winding and narrow road receives a large number of tourists, restaurant patrons, residents and visitors to the provincial park crossing on both sides of the road.

As part of the new Tourism Management Plan, first presented to council in January 2021, speed signs and new digital signs have been installed on County Road 7 in Lake on the Mountain. It was also recommended that the $400 no-parking fines first set in August 2020 continue, at “secret” water access points throughout the county and in other areas with high request, including Lake on the Mountain.

At the Committee of the Whole meeting on February 25, 2021, a motion was presented to amend the parking by-law to prohibit parking on both sides of County Road 7 from civic numbers 230 to 326.

Late last summer, Ainley & Associates carried out a traffic review with a focus on pedestrian activity and vehicle movement to provide recommendations which also included the installation of bollards/bollards delineation between walkways and parking spaces.

Last month, Ainley hosted a virtual public briefing to present the results and gather public opinion. Parking was the primary concern, outside the scope of the traffic review.

A parking analysis would assess the number of spaces needed, sightlines and speed limits.

“The purpose of the parking analysis is to allay the concerns of local residents by ensuring that all roadside parking spaces made available are defined parking spaces and suitably distanced from the proposed PXO (intersection) and entrances (including residential entrances and car park entrances),” says the report by Aynsley Osborne, Development Coordinator. “If the parking analysis determines that curbside parking is appropriate, it is recommended that This is paid parking using the JJ Mackay Canada parking system.

Staff estimate that it would take approximately five years for paid parking to offset the cost of the project, using assumptions of 53 parking spaces (maximum shown in concept drawing); paid parking for six months of the year at $3 per hour (paid parking would use the same fee as provincial park parking) over a period of 10 hours per day.

Based on previous projects of similar size, it is anticipated that the design phase could take two to three months.