Environment Lethbridge:
Lethbridge's Municipal Development Plan states that minimizing the urban footprint and enhancing public space are important parts of a sustainable built environment. What measures would you take to achieve these goals?

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Burke

Answer

I would improve the transit system, re-evaluate the Cycling Master Plan to find ways to speed up the rate at which we are building bike and pedestrian paths, as well as introduce a blue and green bin waste management program.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

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I would encourage increased density and slow urban sprawl by supporting upcoming Area Redevelopment Plans for London Road, Westminister and Senator Buchanan communities. Support enhancement of public spaces through environmental design, clean and safe park initiatives including new initiatives by our Police Commission, Adopt-A-Park activities, public art, and new furniture and lighting.

M

 

Campbell

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I think it's all about communication and education. The message needs to be repeated often. Perhaps an educational tour by experts to schools, service groups and other organizations would be a benefit.

J

 

Carlson

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1. Increase our density targets for new and infill developments, and consider offering incentives for greater density. 2. Continue enhancing streets as quality public spaces. 6th street downtown ( where the farmers market and other events are held) and our upcoming improvements to 3rd Ave are excellent examples of this. 3. Galt Gardens Master Plan and the Heart of Our City Master plan also have some beautiful concepts on enhancing public space. These need to be worked towards.

J

 

Coffman

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To encourage and support a sustainable and quality built environment, I would request that City Council: a) review the Land Use Bylaw to amend practices or regulations that prohibit or discourage quality built environment design and development; b) review policies and practices relating to infrastructure, to ensure that infrastructure – roads, water, electric, et cetera - is designed and implemented for growth and technology; c) ensure that statutory planning documents are created around the MDP’s philosophy of active modes and transportation priorities.

B

 

Crowson

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There are many ideas I would bring forward for discussion and review. These include looking at ways to increase densification in specific areas of the city, ensuring the transit and transportation systems meet the community needs going forward, supporting (perhaps incentivizing) renovation and adaptive reuse to balance new greenfield development, looking at options to promote urban agriculture to enhance locally grown food and looking at ways to promote (and especially not inhibit) new ideas such as the small house movement and others.

C

 

Germshied

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We need to confront developing park areas, bike, and walking/hiking paths, and again developed an efficient transit system with more ridership.

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Gibb

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I encourage development of all sorts within city boundaries. Current planning to expand urban boundaries needs to include proper measures for infrastructure to serve the needs of outlying areas. We need roads and streets that connect with our current systems in the most efficient ways possible, and serve the growing needs of traffic flow in the city. We need to make smarter initial investments when planning infrastructure to help save us capital over time. The enhancement of our public spaces is important to garner the most value and increase public usage of those spaces and we need to find ways we can reduce resource diversion by creating public spaces that consider environmental impacts.

B

 

Ginther

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I'm not sure I fully understand this question but my response would be that we ALL need to minimize our Carbon Footprint and do our utmost to ensure that green spaces/parks are inviting and accessible to all.

M

 

Heavy Head

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I'll get back to you on that.

R

 

Hoffarth

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Residential developments must promote the idea of community. People need to be able to live and walk to schools, services and greenspace. The city of Lethbridge must work with developers to promote the creation of communities that serve the needs of the people that live there, and which can be easily accommodated and integrated into our existing network of communities. The downtown is most often envisioned as a just such a community with an environment that while dense provides a vibrant area for people to live and work.

B

 

Hyggen

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With some of the incentives currently in place for downtown residential construction, and proper planning in other areas of the community, we can reduce urban sprawl, therefore building and creating a more sustainable environment.

L

 

Iwaskiw

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Building Legacy Park was, and is, a huge enhancement of green space in Lethbridge. Our newly adopted River Valley Master Plan will ensure the protection of that area for future generations. We do a good job of maintaining, and adding to, our extensive pathway system.

R

 

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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The current plan seems to be working well, with continued awareness and education new builds have better environmental sensibility, like building up and not out. Where possible utilization of new technologies that produce more efficient heating and cooling outcomes, solar heating and better insulation applications. Efficient building techniques are important in public spaces as they will provide better opportunities to reduce energy and save money.

J

 

Mauro

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By creating guidelines and policies that would reflect and assist that type of development and growth.

D

 

Mikuliak

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I think I will defer to my answer of the previous question? Clearly, as we grow and expand, careful consideration must be paid to minding our "footprint".

R

 

Miyashiro

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- Construction of our City's 3rd regional park, Legacy Park in the North is proceeding. The last 2 Councils made this happen - Our first cycling boulevard (7 Ave. S. ) is currently under construction as well. I would encourage the development/re-development of connected walking/biking paths as described in the master plan. - I would advocate for the continued inclusion of neighbourhood parks in all outline plans - I would advocate for continuing our work on the current Age Friendly initiative to create a community that is inclusive of all ages

R

 

Morrell

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All new developments would be required to meet these expectations.

N

 

Paladino

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1) Encourage higher densities in new Area Structure Plans (and resist reverting the multi family sites back to single family at the request of neighbors) 2) Keep programs that direct residential growth towards the downtown. This has alternate benefits. 3) More infill developments. The new London Road Plan is a good start.

R

 

Parker

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I would support policy and direction towards these goals would need to be set from Council.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

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To ensure that the urban development plan is visited on a regular basis with the opportunity of input from the residential and business community. The formulation of advisory committee(s) with members of the public and business on this committee. Long range plans and feasibility studies conducted locally by City staff to ensure that the Municipal Development Plan is and stays on track with reporting to City Council and published updates to the community.

J

 

Pogorzelski

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First off, we need to have strict guidelines for our developers to follow in neighbourhood development. Working with existing neighbourhoods to create more energy efficient homes (through tax breaks for upgrading to energy reducing products like windows, doors, furnaces) and encouraging houses to reduce the amount of garbage they throw out. A real pet peeve of mine is seeing some of my neighbours trash cans overflowing with cardboard and other recyclables.

L

 

Saloff

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

J

 

Shackleford

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Creating more walkable spaces (no cars) in the downtown core, using the landfill as a potential energy source, new subdivisions contain walkways and park space, upgrade existing parks to make them safe and accessible for all citizens(handicap accessible)

C

 

Spearman

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I would continue to encourage the city of Lethbridge to implement an environmental management plan based on continuous improvement whereby goals are opportunities are identified. This would continue to be a priority within our strategic plan. Opportunities for greater waste diversion, conservation and community education should be available in all public spaces and at all public events.

J

 

Takahashi

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Lethbridge has an amazing array of green spaces. We are especially lucky to have the coulees running through the city. But there is always work to be done Speeding up the cycling plan, creating more community gardens, pilot projects on turning streets downtown in to pedestrian streets are a beautiful start. As the campaign has progressed I've learned Lethbridge is full of amazing people with brilliant ideas. I'd like to open the conversation up to the public to see what more we whould do!

B

 

Thurber

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include public art in all new developments City partnerships. Maybe in area redevelopment plans. Review density targets at ASP and outline plan levels but consider these numbers at a much coarse grain I.e. total density west side versus just a single ASP. But most importantly engage and partner with our development community. They know best how to achieve these targets. I am also a strong supporter of infill and redevelopment opportunities in the existing neighborhoods of Lethbridge. These items need extensive public consultation to support existing neighborhood desires.

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Watson

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I would support increasing density and mixed land-use options. We need to make sure that new developments are multifunctional, focused on density and include green spaces, are planned for our environment considerations such as runoff and water quantity considerations (city licence for water amount under the GOA Water Act as well as water treatment facilities) and have options for community gardening. We also need to allow for transit accessibility and continue to promote through design cycling and walking as a viable alternatives.

D

 

Wiggers

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Candidate declined to answer the question.

R

 

Woss

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Encourage dense, vibrant, mixed use neighborhoods for walking, biking , business – neighborhoods that are a mix of offices, residences, coffee shops etc. which are accessible without car dependency to a diversity of users (e.g. children, youth, seniors, all income levels, etc.) which is well used round-the-clock, all days of the week, and during all seasons and which allows for the effective functioning of all types of business, social and cultural activities with very low inputs of energy for transportation and logistics, thus increasing the viability of these neighborhoods.