Right facility, wrong location. Find an alternate location for BC Transit facility
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We, the citizens of Prince George and its surrounding communities, use the Ginters-Lakewood Greenway trails at the proposed future site of the BC Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility for recreational purposes extensively through all seasons. The forested area at the corner of Foothills Blvd and 18th Avenue provides a natural extension of the Ginter's off-leash dog park and forested trails leading up to UNBC for both residents and wildlife. The addition of this facility in the proposed location will increase traffic, emissions and noise for the neighbouring communities and contribute to ongoing air quality issues in the local airshed ('the bowl'). The paved trail provides free, safe, accessible exercise opportunities for many seniors, dogs and families year round. Increased daily bus traffic to 18th and Foothills is also a concern in relation to heavy pulses of traffic associated with the soccer fields (both PGYSA, mens and women's league) during outdoor season play, CN Centre traffic during major events and hockey games, Aquatic Centre & Ice Oval users during peak competition periods, Agricultural tenants (horses), and UNBC traffic passing through 15th and Foothills to the University Hill. An environmental impact assessment on the proposed changes to wildlife species and habitats should be initiated to determine potential impacts of the proposed facility. Fragmentation of green space through development of proposals such as the BC Transit facility at this site is a leading contributor to loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban interface areas.
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