I know but ideally I would like to see 0 new communities for at least another decade or until we hit at least 3000 people per sq.km. So much for 50/50 growth, Calgary led all major Canadian cities with 90% of its population growth happening in the suburbs (2006-2017). But I guess thats a whole another topic that I don't want to get into again, it just evokes anger in me towards city hall so I'll leave it at that.Most of the multi-family sites in the suburbs are there because of Council policy mandating minimum UPAs for new communities. I assure you, most land developers in the suburbs would prefer to see fewer of them, and more single family homes.
I know what you mean. While the idea of more density in the suburbs sound appealing on paper, I don't like the way it's working out. I guess it's still better than the same amount of new communities with half the people, but it would be nicer to see density increases in established parts of the city - which we are, but at a faster pace, and something more affordable.I know but ideally I would like to see 0 new communities for at least another decade or until we hit at least 3000 people per sq.km. So much for 50/50 growth, Calgary led all major Canadian cities with 90% of its population growth happening in the suburbs (2006-2017). But I guess thats a whole another topic that I don't want to get into again, it just evokes anger in me towards city hall so I'll leave it at that.
Agreed - this and add toll roads to all major freeways. This should be a user pay system. Inner city residents that rarely use the ring road shouldn't have to pay for it the same way a commuter from Cochrane or Airdrie does.Yeah, I really like the idea of a levy fund where first time home buyers are eligible to get cash from additional greenfield levies if they buy in existing communities in the inner city. I mean if a condo in Skyview costs $215 000, an extra something 10k on a mortgage would not be the end of the world, a $225,000 condo would still be very cheap relative to other big cities, and with that $10k you could allocate it in a fund and redistribute it to first time home buyers as cash incentives. People usually buy new furniture, renovate or take on additional upgrades when they buy a new home. Liquid cash would be a really strong incentive I think. Doesn't hurt to try it out, nothing else seems to be working at the moment.
But the councillors are also quite big hypocrites. Votes play a huge part in how they make decisions. I remember councillor Gondek going on about how she was able to secure infrastructure funding in place for a project in her ward thanks to the approval of 14 new communities. Like give me break, now we're balancing our budgets on greenfield development? Its a dirty cycle city hall has got themselves into and density is just a play on word for them. I think only 2 or 3 councillors actually take Calgarys sprawl seriously. I slammed my local councillor with a message for voting in favour of the 14 new communities. In turn I got no reply from his team, not surprising when you got Mattamy Homes and bunch of other suburban developers contributing to your election campaign.