Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:03 PM
RE: Growth Coordination Strategy
Hi Hilary, The EFCL Planning and Development Committee had their monthly meeting last nightand spent a part of the meeting discussing the latest draft of the Growth CoordinationStrategy. They concluded that they need to focus more energy on the GrowthStrategy. They have developed a working group to provide more analysis and toprepare an EFCL position. For the time being, the Committee wants to forward somecomments, building on the comments previously sent to city staff.1.Broaden consultation/collaboration: EFCL should be one of the stakeholders atthe table with developers when drafts of the Strategy are being discussed.EFCL could provide a perspective which is neither the City or the developmentindustry perspective, and may be what is needed to explore new options formanaging growth.2.An analysis of ALL costs and revenues of both greenfield and infill residentialdevelopment needs to be completed before the City makes any growthstrategy decisions: We realize that the “Financial Considerations” are a workin progress, and we encourage you to continue the analysis. We encourageyou to continue to add additional costs (including community league facilities),and to do an analysis of the revenue. Ultimately there should be enoughinformation to assist with the decision as to when it makes financial sense toapprove additional ASP’s/NSP’s and when it makes financial sense to providecity services to developing neighbourhoods. We don’t believe that thefinancial information provided to date is complete enough to help the Citymake these decisions.3.The proposed Growth Strategy is a passive ‘coordination’ role rather than astrategy to manage growth. For instance, there are no recommended actionswhich prioritize areas for growth – for example giving priority to areas close toexisting amenities, drainage facilities, transit services, community leaguefacilities etc. In other words, there are no policies or actions being put in placeto encourage contiguous development. There are no actions which wouldregulate or encourage the build out of developing neighbourhoods prior tostarting the development of new areas.4.A major concern is ensuring that existing built out neighbourhoods get theamenities and services of a complete community. Can the City afford toprovide services and amenities to existing built out neighbourhoods while alsoproviding services and amenities to dispersed, partially built out newneighbourhoods?5.The May draft Strategy attempts to create the impression of a more balancedgrowth between infill and greenfield development. We are encouraged by theinclusion of one recommendation from the Elevate report: “Promote infilldevelopment in mature areas that attracts a wide range of people.” Werecommend you add to this statement – “particularly families with children”.We were disappointed that no concrete actions were recommended to achievethis worthwhile goal.