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Engaging Your Future

 

Realistic and Achievable Plans 

 

Action 1 -  Fewer future-focused priorities, not 100 

Edmonton has approved lofty and idealistic plans that drive huge budget requests and force us to poorly invest scarce dollars. Investing in the future is important, as long as we don't sacrifice day to day services, our safety and livability today by spreading ourselves too thin. Focusing city resources into fewer projects and doing those projects well, will allow us to actually reach goals we can build from, as opposed to never ending projects that don't deliver any progress. By narrowing our priorities, we will be prouder and more satisfied with the things we accomplish.

Action 2 – Accelerate Blatchford Development 

Blatchford has sat largely empty since the closure of the downtown city airport 8 years ago, in part because the city is acting as the developer with strict requirements rather then acting as a facilitator of an ambitious vision. In 2021, under 40 units of housing have been built.  To help Blatchford become a reality, we need to reduce regulatory burdens, and minimize the number of competing city-owned infill developments to balance supply with demand. 

Action 3 – Report Annually on Outcomes and Impact. 

Not just on day to day activities.  Too often governments measure activities and not outcomes or impacts.  Right now it seems we only measure how busy we are, and not how we are actively improving the lives of Edmontonians.   

 

Climate, Innovation & Smart Cities

 

Action 1 – Densification and lnfill 

Ensure that the City’s infill and densification rules make sense, support innovation, and respect unique qualities of communities. Infill helps to create diverse and vibrant neighbourhoods by providing a mix of housing options to meet everyone’s needs. Infill can lead to increased use of local amenities, and allow City services to reach more residents at a lower cost. Building in existing neighbourhoods helps save taxpayers money because additional roads, sewers, services, and infrastructure costs associated with urban sprawl are avoided. Infill creates walkable neighbourhoods that reduce vehicle reliance, which reduces harmful emissions and has a direct effect on individual monthly expenses. New infill home are generally more energy efficient reducing the City’s overall environmental impact by lowering energy consumption.

But that infill needs to have respectful community engagement and fit the character of the neighbourhood. When we densify neighbourhoods, we need to ensure that mature trees are respected and that river valley densification does not obstruct the beautiful views of our World Class River Valley and helpful to mental health.

Part of my role as your Councillor is to create meaningful engagement, collaboration and compromise between developers and communities so that we engage in respectful dialogue and move forward together. 

Action 2 – Focus on Building a Smart, Intelligent, Clean and Vibrant Core  

Support the Hanger 11 private redevelopment project to preserve its history & character (one of only 2 remaining WWII hangars), and create much needed student residences & business opportunities in the heart of NAIT’s main campus - presenting opportunities for partnership in the delivery of programs and services at NAIT and for the wider community.

Incentivize and support residential retro-fits to improve energy efficiency & reduce energy demand; to create employment opportunities, transfer skilled employees across energy sectors and reduce carbon emissions.

Work with Infill Development in Edmonton Association to achieve sustainable growth through better collaboration to help reduce barriers set out in their letter and actions sent to City Council this past Spring, 2021 Infill Barriers

Explore how to encourage the development of netzero housing/commerical buildings as part of a climate conscious future. We shouldn't be creating zones of netzero housing, but instead integrating it into the heart of our downtown neighourhoods. 

 

Action 3 - Track our climate & health changes to ensure emergency preparedness.

We were caught completely off-guard with the pandemic. We cannot let that happen again. We can, and should, be leveraging health and climate change trend tracking to be ready for the next major drought, flood, fire and pandemic. It's not a matter of if...it's when -and we need to be ready.