Clean water, Clean soil, Clean air. A more livable City.
- Transit-supportive residential development
- Mixed use, flexible zoning to increase neighbourhood walkability
- Encouraging active transportation
- Separating combined sewers to reduce overflow into Lake Ontario and the Cataraqui River
- Expanding the Brownfields program to the entire City
- Investigate options to keep leachate from the Belle Park landfill out of the River, reopen Belle Park Fairways
- Take action against illegal dumping
New developments should be planned to be of sufficient density to support public transit. A mixture of low and medium density housing with approximately 36 units per hectare is considered the minimum to be considered transit supportive. Neighbourhoods should also be planned in such a way to make them as walkable as possible, by employing mixed use and flexible zoning to provide a mix of residential and commercial uses within neighbourhoods. Cycling and pedestrian infrastructure should be an integral part of neighbourhood design – not an afterthought. Separated cycling paths should be constructed in greenfield development wherever possible. Many of the older neighbourhoods in the City, including parts of Williamsville were planned in this manner.
Traffic control measures that keep idling to a minimum should be employed whenever possible, including the use of traffic circles as opposed to traffic signals or four way stops. Not only do traffic circles reduce vehicle idling, they keep traffic moving and reduce the severity of collisions by eliminating the possibility of a T-Bone.
Raw sewage overflowing to Lake Ontario, the Cataraqui River, and Little Cataraqui Creek is unacceptable. We need to double down on separating the remaining combined storm and sanitary sewers in the Old City to ensure that sewage is directed to the wastewater treatment plant even during periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt. A greater effort should also be made to address illegal connections to the sanitary sewer system in all areas of the City – sump pump discharge and downspouts should not be connected to the sanitary system as the added volume of water can overwhelm the treatment plants and cause an overflow into the Lake.
I would like to investigate options to mitigate the environmental effects of leachate from the former Belle Park landfill site, in conjunction with reopening the now-closed Belle Park Fairways golf course.
I would like to see brownfield funding available for any contaminated property in the City – not just properties within the current Community Improvement Areas. We should be supporting the remediation of contaminated properties no matter where in the City they are, the effect on the environment including our groundwater is the same regardless of where a property is located. Special attention should be given to contaminated lands in the rural parts of the City – where contamination could compromise resident’s drinking water wells.
Greater enforcement is required around certain hot spots for illegal dumping, and dumpers must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Illegal dumping places an unnecessary cost on taxpayers and property owners, attracts pests and vermin, and poses an environmental risk if hazardous materials are improperly disposed of.