Bearing in mind the provincial Green Energy act, and EarthCare Sudbury’s Local Action Plan: (a)what specific actions should the city take to conserve energy and produce renewable energy oncity properties; (b) how can city policies encourage property owners to add energy efficiencies,and facilitate renewable energy production on private property?
Council and city staff should be open minded to new ideas related to energy savings and theproduction of renewable energy.Our professional Planning Staff should remain supportive of new ideas put forth by owners of private property.
Would and how would you champion reliable funding and support for: (a) improving walkability;(b) safe cycling infrastructure; (c) increasing transit ridership?
I would support recommendations made in the Sustainable Mobility Plan on page 80
What will you do to ensure that the objectives of the Sustainable Mobility Plan and the BicycleMaster Plan are implemented?
I would support the creation of a staff position to oversee and assist with implementation of theSustainable Mobility Plan.
Roads is a perennial topic in Greater Sudbury. The roads budget is currently a very largeproportion of the City budget, yet needs for road maintenance still often go unmet. In youropinion, how should the roads budget be managed in terms of: increased or reduced spending;creating new roads versus maintenance of existing roads; the amount relative to spending on othermunicipal services; and budget allocations for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure?
Defining and establishing road budgets and road spending priorities continues to be challenging forany municipal City Council to deal with, including the CGS. Opinions and solutions vary and areresolved thought debate and policy directives established by a combination of community demands,municipal staff’s professional and educated directives and Council’s final decisions.
Explain how you view the balance between growth/private interests, and the protection of agricultural lands and the natural environment, including our many lakes. What changes, if any doyou believe are necessary in terms of protecting natural areas in the City of Greater Sudbury?
I concur with the recommendations made in the Earth Care Sudbury Action Plan (2010) that states:The City of Greater Sudbury will:• Lead the development of a Greenspace Strategy for Greater Sudbury• Uphold the municipality’s Natural Environment policies as stated in the Official Plan• Enforce the new Topsoil Removal and Site Alteration By-Law
How have/will you support local agricultural and the local food supply chain/distribution?
Encourage increased investment in local food systems.Continue to support local programs like Sudbury’s Farmer’s Market.
In your view, what is the role of the Official Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement in municipalplanning decisions? What changes, if any, would you like to see put in place in the upcomingOfficial Plan review?
The Official Plan guides all development activity in the City, and its policy and directives requirefinal authorization from the Province.