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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Ward 8 is nearly built out (in its' current form) and the population of the Ward is not projected to increase significantly in the next twenty years. However, the population of the City of Hamilton as a whole is projected to grow by 30% within the next 20 years. New car-dependent greenfield development on the south mountain will have a major impact on the quality of life in Ward 8 where residents already have major concerns with traffic congestion and speeding at 2018 population levels. It is well established that sprawl development is heavily subsidized by denser inner suburbs, urban centers and urban commercial development. As a first step, it is clear that greenfield developers should pay 100% of the lifecycle costs of any new development. In Ward 8 the Upper James corridor is mostly low density strip-malls and converted single-family housing. I see this corridor as a fantastic opportunity for new transit oriented low rise, mixed use residential/commercial development.
|Wicken, Colleen||Yes||I am confident that you are well aware in the Provincial mandate of Places to Grow to curb Urban Sprawl. In Ward 8 we have recently witnessed the closing of Mountain Secondary School creating a large green space which will developed to include affordable housing and as there is no safe play space for children within the boundary of the Yeoville neighbourhood, a play structure will be part of the project.|
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