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Just over a year ago I was on the homestretch of my campaign for City Council. By the time the campaign ended, I had knocked on over 15,000 doors over 8 months. At each door that opened for me, I spoke about my vision for the city, and about my commitment to fairness for mature neighbourhoods.
The cost of climate change will be buried but can’t be ignored
If you have experienced flooding in your home, you know how tragic it can be. Valuables, sometimes irreplaceable, are lost, while enormous repair bills for uninsured damages are found.
As a City, we are responsible for the maintenance of roughly 4800 kilometres of collector and arterial roadways, which is roughly the same distance as driving from Edmonton to Mexico City. In order to maintain these roadways, the City invests a major portion of its Capital Budget each year to renewal projects throughout Edmonton.
It’s no secret I have a dream that one day Petrolia Mall will be a thriving shopping centre. But I’m certainly not the only one. Most people who live near Petrolia have this same dream. Over the past couple of years I have been working with an amazing group of community volunteers to make this dream real. A centre we can walk to, letting us live and shop locally.
After reviewing the reports related to infill this past Tuesday, and after much discussion and debate, a motion was passed at Executive Committee to permit garage and garden suites in established neighbourhoods, and to allow the subdivision of properties into narrower lots (no less than 25 feet).
Why infill is important:
Edmonton is growing, and it is growing fast. In 2013, Edmonton welcomed 38,000 new residents. By 2044, Edmonton’s population is expected to reach 1.5 million. With this increase in population comes an increase in the demand for housing. To meet this demand, the City is expected to average 10,820 newly constructed units annually from 2014 to 2023.
I recently wrote an article on the River Valley Alliance (RVA) that detailed its history, and an outline on the RVA’s $90 million Capital Project to improve public access to the North Saskatchewan River. At Tuesday’s Executive Committee meeting, two of the RVA’s major projects -- Mechanized Access and the Touch the Water Promenade -- were presented to Council for consideration.
Yesterday, an article detailing two of the River Valley Alliance’s cornerstone projects -- mechanized access and the Touch the Water Promenade -- was published in the Edmonton Journal. I, along with Councillor Ben Henderson, sit on the board of the River Valley Alliance representing Edmonton city council. At our Executive Committee meeting on July 8th these two projects will be discussed. But firstly more should be known about the River Valley Alliance and its amazing plan to create greater connections to arguably our greatest asset in the region.
If you’re a parent of school aged children you are likely aware of one of the biggest issues facing City Council – school zone traffic congestion and corresponding safety concerns. Families commuting to schools, busy fast-paced lives, big windrows, speeding cars, and increased traffic can all contribute to a tense and potentially dangerous situation during school drop-off and pick-up times.
Vibrant neighbourhoods and fairness for our mature neighbourhoods. These two commitments were a major part of my campaign platform and they continue to shape my decisions and actions as your Ward 10 representative. We have great neighbourhoods in Ward 10, but many of them, like Lansdowne have been neglected as capital investment has largely been concentrated within our downtown or new suburban neighbourhoods.
Since 2008, a lot has been said about Blatchford, the redevelopment of the downtown airport lands. Today we are closer than ever to shovels in the ground and the vision of creating an environmentally smart, sustainable, and economically feasible community. With the conversation freshly renewed, and top of mind for many Edmontonians, I’d like to offer my thoughts as to where we currently are in the discussion on Blatchford.
Join me on June 11 to discuss zoning in mature neighbourhoods and its impact on school closures with Public School Trustee Orville Chubb, and Russell Dauk from the Rohit Group of Companies.
Smarter bike lanes and community voice. I’ve been clear since the election last October that these were top priorities for me. In my mind, the two issues have become intrinsically connected. And these two things lead to the primary goal -- that we get as many people as possible to choose to ride their bikes, both as commuters and recreationally.
The time has come to get serious about infill development in Edmonton’s mature neighbourhoods.
Over the past 5 years, Edmonton’s population has grown by over 12%, making it one of the fastest growing major cities in Canada. In fact, Edmonton’s population is projected to double to 1.5 million by 2044.
Where will all of these future Edmontonians call home? Our city already occupies one of the largest land areas in the world. It is unrealistic and undesirable to expect that we can accommodate all future growth through expansion of our borders.