Here are a few things I have had on my mind this week.
Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy Annual Report was presented to Executive Committee this week. While we are well on our way on phase 2 of our strategy: “Implementation of 7-Key Energy Transition Actions” there is still work to do.
It has always been important to me to provide affordable housing to all areas of the City. We took a big step in that direction yesterday.
Municipalities can be key decision-makers about food security and farmland preservation in Alberta. But if we’re serious, we must collaborate and strategize with our neighbouring municipalities to make sure our prime agricultural land is preserved regionally and that we have an excellent vision for a strong local food and agricultural economy. Development of the new Regional Agricultural Master Plan (RAMP) started just last week and we have the following goals:
• Identify a supply of Prime Agricultural land to conserve for future food security
• Reduce fragmentation and conversions of agricultural land
• Promote the growth and diversification of the agri-economy
This week in City Hall: Knees, ankles, ugly parking lots, and smart transit cards.
The Edmonton Waste Services Audit was recently released and the news is not great. While this audit has revealed problems with current operations, it has also given us the opportunity to refocus our waste management strategy. We must improve this vital service and recommit to excellence.
City Council will approve a new Municipal Development Plan (MDP) this term. A broad conversation will be coming to provide you with an opportunity for to engage with planning Edmonton's future growth and development. The new MDP must execute densification thoughtfully, driving growth into core communities, such as the Quarters and Rossdale, around Transit Oriented Developments (TOD), and along arterial roads.
This week at City Council there was a variety of topics ranging from zoning to LRT and even parental leave for current and future councillors. In today's blog we highlight 3 items.
Edmonton needs to stay committed to building LRT. Building permanent, efficient transportation is what great cities do. It creates the dense, vibrant and livable city which I campaigned to help build. In addition to LRT expansion, we can create some complimentary BRT to help improve transit service and reduce congestion. The question is where and why one type of service serves different areas of our city differently.
“Welcome to City Council,” my new colleague Councillor Cartmell said as he grappled, pained look and all, with the decision on the Holyrood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) application. It was a tough and thoughtful decision for everyone. No slam dunks on either side I'd guess.
City Council unanimously approved playground zone speed limits based on good research. 50% of injuries involving children and cars occur in these kinds of spaces on our streets.
Throughout my first term on Council, I have heard from a number of constituents about their concerns and frustrations with the Capital Line LRT, specifically relating to the difficulties experienced crossing the intersections along 111 Street. Yesterday, a report was released that detailed the anticipated performance of the various intersections along the SE portion of the Valley Line LRT and to say this information was pleasing would be false.
Good decisions are rooted in good policy and good policy is built on a foundation of meaningful public engagement. In my first term on council nothing has received more of my attention than my focus on improving public engagement in Ward 10.
As some of you may already know, Edmonton’s bus routes will be going through city-wide changes next week. After many months of research and route studies, the City will be paring back certain bus routes and reallocating “bus hours” from low ridership routes to high ridership ones.
I ran for City Council because I wanted to be a part of a team committed to building a great city. Because of this, I was a big supporter of an ambitious 2015-2018 Capital Budget. However, it is no secret that the City has seen its fair share of construction challenges. In particular, there have been concerns over a perceived lack of oversight and mismanagement of some of our major capital projects, in particular, the Walterdale Bridge, Metro Line, and 102nd Avenue bridge. There are also local examples too; drainage project gone awry in Greenfield lead to repeated attempts to fix a road properly. This is not okay.