KEEP YOUR LAWN SIGN UP!
It's not over! Council will meet June 15th to accept ROPA 49, the NO urban boundary expansion growth plan.
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Suggested Talking Points:
"Hi my name is _______________ and I'm from _________________.
I'm calling because I'm concerned about the proposed growth plan. We need to recognize that sprawl is expensive, that there is a climate emergency, and it's critical to grow sustainably.
Council voted to save 5,200 acres of farmland, now SAVE FARMING. One in eight jobs in Ontario are in the agri-food industry and farmland is the base for this important economic driver. We need policies to support Halton agriculture.
“Land-use planning is the key lever to locking in or locking out greenhouse gas emissions at the municipal level” (Yuill Herbert, Consultant to 60 Canadian Municipalities, Principal for Sustainability Solutions Group).
Please direct staff to work with developers and builders to plan for complete, walkable mixed-use communities. End the current practice of separating uses, which in effect creates car-dependent living.
We need to set higher standards for employment uses. Ways of accommodating jobs and systems to handle goods must be more land efficient, like multiple-story warehousing.
Re-examine secondary plans where no building permits have been issued, or where there has been no activity for over two years, with a view to adding more mixed use and gentle density. We must strive to accommodate all growth to 2051 (not just 2041) within our existing urban boundaries.
Require municipalities to immediately re-examine their zoning by-laws to reduce or eliminate exclusionary zoning.
“Gentle density” and “missing middle” housing is everything in between single-family detached homes and tall towers – semis, townhouses, 3-4 storey apartments and condominiums, etc.
Gentle density housing blends in with existing neighbourhoods and is more affordable.
Gentle density creates walkable neighbourhoods and has enough population density to support public transit and to better support local businesses.
Return to in-person, broad and inclusive community consultation with a concerted effort to reach BIPOC residents, particularly Indigenous voices, and our youth, who will live to see the year 2051.