Proposed Largo Road connection sparks ‘resounding concern’

A through-road could give a new option for drivers to get from the heart of Roberts Creek to Highway 101 – but some residents are taking issue with the proposal.

As part of a planned 13-lot subdivision in Roberts Creek, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has suggested joining the two sections of Largo Road south of Highway 101 to create a through-road.

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The concept has prompted nearby residents to voice concern that the through-road could increase traffic volume along the road. They are also concerned about the lack of visibility at the Largo Road and Highway 101 intersection, and the speed at which cars on the highway pass the intersection, according to minutes from a November Advisory Planning Commission (APC) meeting.  

Roberts Creek director Andreas Tize flagged the issue at a Feb. 7 Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) planning committee meeting as directors discussed a plan for a park dedication agreement as part of the subdivision application.

He said the proposed road connection has created “resounding concern” in the community since it would create a shortcut to the popular B&K Forest Service Road and would become the shortest route between the heart of Roberts Creek and the Town of Gibsons.

He said the Official Community Plan Committee, APC and local residents have spoken against the through-road. Recently, transportation ministry representatives conducted a site visit with residents.

At the meeting, directors approved Tize’s motion that their concerns about the safety, traffic and noise impacts of the proposed road and its construction be conveyed to the transportation ministry.

Directors also voted to move ahead with the proposed park dedication, which would allow for the existing Co-housing Park and Trail and Roberts Creek Legion Trail to be connected, and give SCRD ownership of the land between Roberts Creek and Clack Creek for a length of the parcel.

It would also create the opportunity to construct a trail loop for viewing the confluence of the two creeks, as well as a bridge over Roberts Creek to the new area.

 

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