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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3 Candidate Responses (top)
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|Iszkula, Robert||Yes||In order to prosper, our city needs to embrace more residents and more employers, who will share the infrastructure costs by adding tax revenue. Sprawl costs more to service than it brings in from new tax assessments, so by necessity we must increase our density. I will support adding residential and employment density, especially downtown where the infrastructure is already in place.|
1.) To address the encroachment on vibrant agricultural land.
2.) I believe that the GRIDS clearly identified growth related density throughout the city. I am satisfied with the targets; they make sense. Certainly creating higher density along nodes and corridors takes advantage of the infrastructure that's already in place.
3.) I have demonstrated my support of this approach by supporting the two 10 storey buildings being built at Rymal and Garth Streets and the medium densities along West 5th.
|Wilson, Bryan||Yes||We do need to have development within the built up areas as we grow into a larger and larger city our downtown needs to be denser in its development as space is limited and to sprawl out is expensive. You need the infrastructure that goes along with that and most cities don't have it or don't expand it until after the development is there at which point it becomes very expensive to do as well as a major hassle for those living within those communities. To build upon land where infrastructure exists maximizes space and what we've already invested in and grows our population and tax base at the same time.|
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