Canadian Home Builders Association:
Can you identify any areas of Lethbridge where you see increased density as an effective tool to support lifestyle choices, a growing economy, and a healthy environment?

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Burke

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We are already beginning to see the positive effects of increased density in our downtown core. With many diverse businesses and initiatives in the area I believe that we will only see a greater desire to reside there and greater economic growth. I believe that this can be replicated in other areas through simplified zoning and business regulations, allowing more resources in individual communities and neighbourhoods. More residents living in an area means more resources and growth, it is a mutually beneficial relationship. I believe there is room for this in all neighbourhoods but particularly ongoing efforts downtown, as well as near the University, and near the College.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

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Downtown, as outlined in the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan. Westminister and Senator Buchanan (in North Lethbridge), subject to the completion of an Area Redevelopment Plan. The proposed London Road ARP supports increased density, especially at the west end of the neighbourhood, the so called '.Peninsula'.

M

 

Campbell

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The downtown core. I can see that area thriving much like a Manhattan in New York City.

J

 

Carlson

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The downtown core. As the 'Heart of Our City', more people living, working and playing downtown should be a priority. Many of our older neighbourhoods are ripe for densification. Infill developments should be focused on densification to better utilize existing infrastructure, and to re-energize our neighbourhoods as they age and redevelop. The new Crossings Development on the westside is an excellent example of greater density and a variety of housing options can work well together.

J

 

Coffman

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All areas of Lethbridge could see increased density as an effective tool to support lifestyle choices, a growing economy, and a healthy environment. However, this description is most evident as the ‘work, live, play’ model, which depends on a mix of single and multi-family dwellings and mixed-use zoning. Newly designed neighbourhoods ought to incorporate this type of planning into design. However, with efficient planning and changing dynamics, it could also occur downtown.

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Crowson

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Three places that would be enhanced by densification are downtown, the Upper Eastside (or the old warehouse district as I call it) and 13 Street North. The Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program (HOCHIP) was designed for exactly this reason, to encourage underutilized buildings and spaces in the downtown to be developed into residences. This fits into an idea historians have been promoting – adaptive reuse – where we look creatively at buildings and see how they can continue to serve in a new use. Densification will support businesses in these areas and also provide great spaces for entrepreneurs and those involved in the new economy.

C

 

Germshied

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I mentioned before the development of down town involving housing and it would benefit more from a higher population and shopping to support that population. This would allow for more pedestrian traffic and transit use.

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Gibb

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Downtown is the best example of where we need to increase density. We have a vibrant downtown core, and as the city grows outwards, we must also look at building upwards. Building taller, multi-purpose buildings in the city centre will boost economic development, and provide better options for affordable housing. With improvements currently under development in our downtown core we need to ensure that smart planning and investments are made in order to be cost effective. I would also be in favour of building higher density affordable housing residencies near our post secondary institutions, to better serve the needs of our students.

B

 

Ginther

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The best area (as is the case in all cities) is the downtown core as it offers to best mix of businesses as well as cultural events such as CASA, SAG etc.

M

 

Heavy Head

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I'm not exactly sure what you're asking here.

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Hoffarth

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I think that it is arguable that increased density in any area may be catalyst for vibrant growth, economic growth, and demands to create a healthy and interactive environment. Lifestyle choices are inevitable and desirable for every citizen regardless of the area in the city that they live. There is a plan and a history of investment around targeting the downtown to create a high-density area that will support and maintain a vibrant and diverse environment that is a benefit for the entire city. We should be open to any development that promises increased density with a mix of services and greenspaces that connects and can be integrated with other communities within the city.

B

 

Hyggen

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There are many areas around the community where increased density would allow for a lifestyle that many citizens would enjoy. Community input on these areas would be of importance. This would allow access to home ownership at affordable prices. These areas would have to be supported with transit and local shopping. I would continue to support our community input and city planners with initiatives that help grow our community.

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Iwaskiw

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DOWNTOWN

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Janzen

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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If you look at the larger density areas, like the condo's near the City Police Station, and Canadian Tire South, West side Save-on . These residences bring a vitality and vibrancy their neighborhood and are within walking distance of shopping and services.

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Mauro

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What I like best and has impressed me most, are the few builders who are providing infill housing in older neighborhoods. I only hope this will continue and that more builders jump on board. Also the developers who are building condo units and townhouse style developments in various parts of the city is appealing and exciting to see.

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Mikuliak

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Clearly, the downtown area. That was discussed previously in question 22. Beyond that, looking forward proactively to a growing group of retiring "baby boomer" generation citizens and that demographic's desire to downsize their personal living spaces but not yet be engaged in housing designed for Senior Citizens. How is our community set up to handle this demand?

R

 

Miyashiro

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Of course downtown comes to mind first. All areas of the City could have increased levels of density because increased density usually creates efficiencies in transit, emergency response and transportation.

R

 

Morrell

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Anywhere in Lethbridge could use increased density to promote an increase in affordable housing.

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Paladino

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The downtown is one of the best areas to encourage increased residential density. Properties near the college and the university could also be targeted for more density. In fact, all areas of the City should be looked at for potential zoning or rezoning for higher density.

R

 

Parker

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Downtown would be the ideal location to increase density for lifestyle choices, a growing economy and healthy environment.

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PEREVERSEFF

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Hypothetically speaking, the downtown sector in the City may sustain increased density, which, if developed systematically, may enhance the immediate community by having more residents in the area and therefore, may result in a neighbourhood atmosphere. This would encourage more business in the downtown sector to service and accommodate the residents. Residents in the downtown sector may promote the sense of "ownership" in the area, which may foster better relations overall, thereby discouraging the transient community which tend to hang out in the downtown core areas.

J

 

Pogorzelski

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The downtown, the more positive people we have living, working and playing in the downtown, the more vibrant our downtown will bcome.

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Saloff

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We need to develop apartments in the high density downtown core, this will give an increased presence of residents living in the heart of the city.

J

 

Shackleford

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The downtown core would be a perfect example for those who want a lifestyle of maybe not having a car, starting their own business or be in a partnership with a new business. More walkable streets, NO parking meters, a walk in clinic, doctor's offices, a variety of restaurants and pubs are part of the potential for our downtown.

C

 

Spearman

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Having a vibrant downtown with low vacancy rates would be desirable. Careful planning for the location of new industries is important to maintain quality of life.

J

 

Takahashi

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The downtown and London Road areas are a beautiful example of this and will, with the right support, be an ideal model for the rest of the city. We see areas in all quadrants where these goals are highly achievable. The work in the Copperwood and the north end towards Balckfoot has been good. While every neighborhood has potential we need to work to ensure each area is affordable for small businesses and that the infrastructure is built to allow a village or community feel to each area.

B

 

Thurber

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absolutely. Increased density in many areas of the City support community, interaction, reduced crime and fosters a sense of place and belonging. north Lethbridge subdivisions, to support our growing working population that finds employment in the northeast industrial parks. Communities just outside of downtown that support a transition from growing families to older generations living at home. Higher density developments can support community, be demonstrate environmental stewardship and reduce urban sprawl.

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Watson

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I believe the Upper Eastside, Downtown, between 13th street north and Stafford Drive, around the college and university are good areas to target for increased density in the future, as well as new development areas on the west, south and north sides currently.

D

 

Wiggers

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I believe redeveloping areas in the downtown and Westminster areas of Lethbridge to include medium and high density commercial & residential complexes is where this tool would be highly effective in all areas of Lifestyle, Economy and Environment.

R

 

Woss

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City Centre downtown, London Road, Westminster neighborhood area, West side on Columbia Blvd & McMaster area.