Dutch Village Road Enhancements

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The online survey is now closed. Thanks to all who attended the open house and responded to the online survey. Your feedback is important to us.

The project panels can be found in the document library.


Background Information:

The Regional Council policy for the “Plan Dutch Village Road” area will potentially increase residential and commercial density, pedestrian traffic and infrastructure demand.

The municipality has identified land requirements for installing bicycle lanes, a west-side sidewalk, transit upgrades, and general livability improvements to ensure that land

Thanks to everyone who attended the Open House and filled in the online survey!

The online survey is now closed. Thanks to all who attended the open house and responded to the online survey. Your feedback is important to us.

The project panels can be found in the document library.


Background Information:

The Regional Council policy for the “Plan Dutch Village Road” area will potentially increase residential and commercial density, pedestrian traffic and infrastructure demand.

The municipality has identified land requirements for installing bicycle lanes, a west-side sidewalk, transit upgrades, and general livability improvements to ensure that land acquisition opportunities for the right-of-way are considered when property redevelopment applications are reviewed.

Curbs and sidewalks were replaced on the east side of Dutch Village Road, but none have been constructed on the west side between Sunnybrae Avenue and Alma Crescent. West-side access is uncontrolled, and most off-street parking is perpendicular to the travel way causing motorists to back out into traffic and creating undesirable conflicts with other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Project design will complement the Integrated Mobility Plan’s (IMP) overarching objectives and principles. As a ‘Complete Streets’ project, the plan would aim to add missing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Action 69 of the IMP outlines priority sidewalk connections for Dutch Village Road. The IMP also sets a goal to deliver an all ages and abilities (AAA) bicycling network in the Regional Centre by 2022.

Fifty-six collisions have been documented over the last three years. Pedestrian safety is becoming an increasing concern, and DVR is listed as a candidate bicycle route in the 2014-19 AT Priorities Plan, so a bicycle facility will also be investigated.

The municipality rates the west side of Dutch Village Road as "high" for a new sidewalk due to the road classification, presence of bus stops and passenger volume, demographics, and nearby land uses such as daycares, shopping, employment, and high-density residential.

Halifax Transit extended its service in 2018 by adding two bus stops along DVR between Rosedale and Joseph Howe Drive. None of the west-side stops are accessible due to the lack of curb and sidewalk.