Since the 1950s, most new residential and commercial development in Hamilton has been single-use suburban sprawl. Do you believe Hamilton needs to concentrate new development within the already-built area? Why or why not?
Responses to the question: "Since the 1950s, most new residential and commercial development in Hamilton has been single-use suburban sprawl. Do you believe Hamilton needs to concentrate new development within the already-built area? Why or why not?"
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6 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Farr, Laura||Yes||We absolutely need to refocus our development in already-built areas as we need to intensify our density downtown where areas are serviced. That is the most efficient use of our tax dollars, instead of subsidizing surburban builds that are not cost-effective in terms of servicing.|
|Kuruc, Ned||Maybe||I believe that there should be a balance of further development. There are benefits to further developing single-family homes, as well as multi-family homes in urban areas. Housing is a crucial issue facing both ward 3 and the entire city. Focusing on geared-to-income housing in ward 3 will be a primary issue of my tenure, should I be elected. Although multi-family housing development is required in the ward, it is important that the development fit into the community it is built, is financially accessible to those who require housing and takes all necessary measures to mitigate any negative environmental impact.|
|Nann, Nrinder||Yes||Yes, Hamilton needs to focus on in-fill. Why? Because it's what makes sense on so many levels.
We need to densify along major streets and transit corridors because:
* It will create new housing developments, giving more people a range of more affordable options for home ownership.
* It will help spurn commercial development, and jobs.
* New residential and business units mean a bigger tax base for the city
* It is much more cost efficient to densify the already built area than it is to build new roads, sidewalks and sewers and then have to also maintain them.
|Smith, Dan||Yes||We absolutely need to look at ways to increase density in our core. Denser housing is more cost effective. The cost of running extra sewer, and other utility lines, roads and servicing them to urban sprawl is not efficient.|
|Sprague, Kristeen||Yes||I believe that Hamilton needs to make the most of existing urban space in ways that benefit the people who live there, and not developers. Unfortunately, a lot of residential space is not used because the upkeep of public housing has been appalling, while too much concentration of urban renewal has been for developers and landlords. We desperately need urban development for people who already live in our communities, and not for people who are looking to develop or invest in our community for the sake of their own profit.|
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|Denault, Steven Paul|