In 2018, I campaigned in support of a firm urban boundary, and I maintained that position in 2021 because sprawl has done Hamilton no favours. It has ballooned our infrastructure deficit, added significantly to Hamilton’s annual operating budgets and was never environmentally sustainable.
Hamilton farmers told us to stop sprawl, as did a record number of Hamiltonians. Housing development will go ahead within the serviced urban boundary to protect prime agricultural lands.
Ward 1 residents said they would like the land use planning process to be more accessible and understandable. With a firm urban boundary, this takes on particular importance as there are opportunities to provide more housing choices within existing neighbourhoods.
We need to raise the bar for the development industry and demand better development. Too much of what is built is disposable, and “Good enough for Hamilton” is no longer good enough. If developers can build nice things outside our City, they can make it here too.
Here are some changes I will work towards: