Will you encourage the city to shift new development away from car-dependant sprawl?

Responses to the question: "Will you encourage the city to shift new development away from car-dependant sprawl?"

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Ward 07
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Bradshaw, Philip Yes This connects to the two issues above when we talk about transit and cycling lanes. Perhaps by creating rapid transit within the lower and upper city Hamilton can diminish the dependency on cars.
Farraway, Doug Yes The current urban boundary should be the end of sprawl. We have brown fields to remediate and re-adapt. We have renewal opportunities in the Barton/Tiffany area, at the Queenston traffic circle, and at the new sports zone in the South Sherman hub not to mention huge tracts of land in Ward 7 that remain undeveloped. No more farmland should be consumed. Let’s encourage renovation and adaptive re-use within our current urban limits.
Gordon, Tim Yes I am an advocate for moving away from car-dependant sprawl, specifically through the development of an affordable housing policy that involves a transit oriented development plan, non-motorized transit planning, and smart city planning. All of which are evidence-based approaches to building healthy communities.
McMullen, Geraldine Yes Yes. I support well-planned intensification.
Nicholl, Anthony Yes Yes, I will encourage the development of more community type centres that will shift away from car-dependant sprawl and focus more on improved transit, cycling, retail, and various business development throughout the Ward.
Pacey, Jeanne Maybe My previous experience working in the Community Development Department will give me a strong basis to help make sound decisions about issues like this, but, of course, the input of my neighbours in Ward 7 will be important, too.
Qureshi, Uzma Yes I support choice in terms of where and how we live, but not at any cost. That's why I want to improve transit, as a key priority, so that Ward 7 residents have a choice. I support improving and maintaining our infrastructure with the money we have. We need to balance the need for growth in our residential base with our ability to afford the infrastructure we have already.
Rabb, Howard Yes The City is already moving in this direction. We are constrained on where we can go through the urban boundary and the days of simply growing out are over. We need to now focus on working with developers to help them intensify our population along our nodes and corridors. Only through this intensification will we hit our growth targets and grow city revenues that will ultimately lower the tax burden across the city.

Intensification along our corridors will make transit more efficient by placing more people closer to our existing transit lines. We need to work at the same time at developing the BLAST network so that when new buildings are built along these corridors we give people a viable transit option.

I am not going to go to war with car users however. We built this city around the car and we can't just undo that over night. We need to work carefully and thoughtfully on this. The first step is to make sure people have alternatives to their cars and to make sure that HSR is that alternative. We need to help get people from the mountain to the GO stations downtown, and need to plan on how we are going to get them from the East mountain, down to the new GO station at Centennial when it opens.
Skelly, Donna Yes I believe in a smart growth solution to urbanization. Hamilton has tremendous opportunity to address intensification by developing brown fields in the former industrial area. The objective is costly but ultimately will have a powerful impact on on Hamilton's social and economic future. Realistically this long-term objective will require a dedicated and committed council to lobby provincial and federal governments to assist in the onerous cost of the cleanup.
Starr, Damin Yes
Vecchioni, Louis Yes If we can make smaller communities, that are self contained, with what people require, the need of automobiles can be reduced. With the abilities to walk, cycle, some type of smaller HSR vehicles to transport people with such things as groceries, auto reduction can be obtainable.
Young, Robert Yes Breaking the shift from large business and large downtown areas into smaller more multiple downtown sections with more manageable smaller businesses, spreading out through rural districts would greatly cut down on travel time.

1) Break up overcrowded malls and develop smaller localized shopping centres to provide easier and closer access for consumers to buy what they need.
2) Break down districts localizing business sectors and residences without overcrowding specific areas.
3) Hold expenditure reviews at shopping centres to calculate expansion layouts & efficiencies as they grow.
4) Maintain forums to maximize efficiency of keeping large development malls outside of populated areas.
Zuriel, Hans Yes Yes, this is primarily done through proper land use planning and zoning to increase urban density. Ward 7 needs more densely populated community centres which will support increased economic activity as well as fostering a stronger sense of community. In addition, as mentioned above, I will push for more efficient means of transportation such as bicycles and improved bus service which reduced the need for cars in case that urban sprawl still occurs. We need to re-evaluate our approach to busing to reduce car-dependent sprawl - an improved bus service with increased frequency and convenience will cause more people to substitute their private transportation with bus rides.

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Ward 07
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