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Support LMST School Design that is Compatible with a Walkable Neighbourhood

We, the taxpaying public would like the opportunity to providing meaningful, collaborative input regarding the site design for the new Le Marchant-St. Thomas Elementary School (LMST).

Over 70% of children walk to LMST. It sits at the center of one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in Canada (6287 people/ km2). Given these facts, six questions come to mind when thinking about the current school site plan:

  1. Why are they imposing a car-first design on one of Halifax's best examples of a viable family-oriented walkable neighbourhood? (which are too few in number.)
  2. Why was the neighbourhood and taxpaying public not consulted regarding the school's site design?  
  3. Why is the provincial government planning to destroy a valued playground at the Annex and turn it into a parking lot? 
  4. Why are they introducing a kiss-and-ride loop in front of the new school that will encourage cars to mix with the hundreds of small children arriving at school on foot?  
  5. Why isn't the neighbourhood getting a school site design that welcomes pedestrians arriving by foot each day?
  6. Why is there no pedestrian-oriented site plan that provides adequate parking for teachers along the side and rear of the building where it belongs?

If you find these questions troublesome, then please join the Civility Project in asking that the provincial government create a win-win for them and Halifax by agreeing engage in meaningful public outreach and conduct public workshops that enable a broad range of stakeholders to hear the views of others and provide input to produce a site plan that is consistent with the surrounding neighbourhood.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    Sandra McKenzie

    The Civility Project started this petition with a single signature, and won with 153 supporters. Start a petition to change something you care about.