Every time City Council approves a new subdivision, it’s setting the structure for a new neighbourhood. It’s a big responsibility! Once the basic structure of the neighbourhood is set, it lasts for generations, for better or for worse.
In the past, City Council has dropped the ball. When the residents of Kenmount Terrace took out their mortgages and paid their development fees, they were relying on promises Council didn’t deliver on: a park, a school, convenience stores, etc. That’s a debt Council owes. It’s also something that shouldn’t happen again!
I have a few basic principles:
- Not every piece of land is suitable for a subdivision. We have lots of opportunities for development and redevelopment; we don’t need to pave over every wetland. [See Wetlands and Watersheds].
- Every new subdivision should feature high-quality planning. Subdivisions should be real neighbourhoods! [See Real Neighbourhoods].
- Council must keep any promises it makes.
- A good development requires a partnership between the City and a developer. Even with the best of intentions, a developer may need assistance in expert planning, and the City should be there to provide it! I’ll approach these relationships constructively and carefully.