CLIMATE EMERGENCY: Halton Regional Council unanimously declared a climate emergency on September 11, 2019.
We need to save 5,200 acres of prime agricultural land. NO URBAN BOUNDARY EXPANSION.
SPRAWL IS EXPENSIVE: the extra infrastructure (roads, utility lines, etc.) costs more to maintain than is generated in tax revenue.
Halton has some of the best farmland in Canada (Classes 1, 2 and 3 – capable of growing the widest range of crops)
Farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe is disappearing at an alarming rate
It does not matter who currently owns the land or whether it is currently being farmed – it is still prime agricultural land and should be preserved for future food security and climate mitigation
“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)
Agricultural land absorbs water to prevent flooding and can sequester carbon
Suburban Sprawl is the rapid expansion of the geographic extent of cities and towns, often characterized by low-density residential housing, single-use zoning, and increased reliance on the private automobile for transportation (Britannica.com)
Sprawl is bad for the environment – it paves over agricultural land, wetlands, etc. and forces us to be car-dependent
Sprawl is bad for our health – it forces us to spend more time being sedentary while driving
We can meet population growth targets within the existing urban boundary by embracing gentle density
“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