Sprawl is both economically and environmentally unsustainable and while developers make significant profits off sprawl, existing residents end up footing the bill for servicing costs through increases to property taxes year over year.
There are plenty of opportunities to grow within the existing urban boundary, providing a mix of detached housing, townhouses, apartments and condos. This type of careful planned growth will make better use of existing infrastructure, including roads, sewers and parks, while preserving valuable agricultural land. Further, it will help build more vibrant neighbourhoods, support better transit and help keep schools open.
We are urging residents to stand up to costly and inefficient sprawl. The people of Hamilton and the democratically elected Hamilton Council chose not to expand the urban boundary and to preserve 3,300 acres of prime farmland. But the provincial government unilaterally overruled our decision. The Province expanded urban boundaries in Hamilton by 5,400 acres and is carving up the Greenbelt across southern Ontario including the removal of 1,900 acres of farmland near Hamilton.
We are fighting back to save farmland and create more affordable housing options within our urban boundary and to prevent our taxes from going up to cover costly sprawl.
But this work needs money, so please donate today!
We need your help to stand up for local food and farmers, clean air and water, and for efficient affordable planning. So please donate today. Funds will be used for signs, flyers, stickers, website costs and ads on Facebook and Instagram. Thank you!