If we grow up, we can reduce the amount of farmland that is paved over. A town can double its population and increase local jobs by building two to three-storey mixed-use buildings on Main Street, allowing basement apartments and encouraging appropriate infill. Building up around transit stations provides accessible housing for seniors and young people. The alternative – building new highways on farmland that encourages housing far away from cities and transit – is not sustainable.
Some municipalities are leading the way towards smarter growth. Other towns are looking for ways to move forward. As a citizen, you can encourage the leaders in your community to be bold and change your growth patterns away from sprawl. Speak up, encourage and support implementation of the Growth Plan and its density targets.
If you live in a city that is doing good things like Guelph or Kitchener-Waterloo, let us know about local initiatives. Share stories from your experiences about how communities have embraced smarter growth.