Yes. During this current term of Council, I moved amendments to the staff recommendation to have the most aggressive urban core infill targets in the City's history.
Yes.Ottawa's ever-expanding urban boundary is not only massively expensive, but a huge detriment to the environment, resulting in the destruction of wildlife habitats, adding more cars to our roads, and increased energy use in housing.
Instead, we should work to re-zone current R1 areas and add more Missing Middle housing, which includes housing such as duplexes, triplexes and other small apartment buildings, to allow for gentle densification within our current communities. These developments will provide space for residents to age-in-place without being forced out of their communities. Meanwhile, we should build dense new Transit-Oriented Developments with all of the amenities that residents need.
There are incredible opportunities to create neighbourhood hubs inside or just outside of River Ward, including at Confederation Heights, South Keys Centre, the Merivale Triangle, Westgate, and at the edge of Central Park. We must seize these opportunities to bring amenities into the fabric of our ward and make it easier to walk, roll, cycle, or bus to everything residents need.
We must create more lively, 15-minute walkable neighborhoods, with more community space and a sustaining customer base for local businesses. That is a key part of how we build a livable and sustainable city.