The City of Hamilton is about to make a decision that will impact if we have any chance of becoming a climate resilient city.
The City has released a survey asking residents how they would like Hamilton to grow over the next 30 years. The survey arrived at many households this past week. It looks like a folded card stock flyer rather than official mail from the City so check your recycle bin if you haven't already set it aside to send in.
On the survey residents across the city are asked to choose one of three options:
Option 1: "Ambition Density Scenario" (Urban Sprawl option)
Option 2: No Urban Boundary Expansion Scenario (No Sprawl option)
Option 3: Other Suggestions
This is our chance to tell City Council that we want to grow sustainably within our means rather than through costly urban sprawl.
If you did not receive a survey in the mail, or would like additional opportunities so all members of your household can have their say, click this link to participate: Option 2: No Urban Boundary Expansion Scenario.
Your engagement is important as City staff are pushing for costly urban sprawl that will allow developers to pave over valuable farmland. We know that sprawl is both economically and environmentally unsustainable yet developers have been lobbying City Hall for years to allow them to develop this land - they stand to make a lot of money on this - and unless we say "No" they will get their wish.
There are plenty of opportunities to grow within our existing urban boundary, providing a mix of detached housing, townhouses, apartments and condos. This will allow us to make better use of our existing infrastructure, including roads, sewers and parks, while preserving irreplaceable agricultural land. Further, it will help build more vibrant neighbourhoods, support better transit and help keep schools open. Your engagement in the survey is very important. This is our chance to help shape the future of our community. Again, if you did not receive a survey in the mail, or would like additional opportunities for everyone in your household, click on the link.
Click here to send a strong message to Hamilton City Council. Option 2: No Urban Boundary Expansion Scenario.
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