careful, sustainable growth
Let's make sure Guelph grows the right way.
40,000 in 12
Guelph is going to grow from 130,000 to 170,000 people by 2030.
We need to build new neighbourhoods and new developments to support this growth.
Let's rethink our current plans and instead build walkable, sustainable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods designed for the 21st century.
I remember moving to Guelph in 1988 and seeing the signs: Welcome to Guelph, population 80,000. Guelph had a very different feel then, and four-storey apartment buildings seemed tall.
The city has changed a lot in thirty years. Projects like River House and the Metalworks have changed the skyline downtown. Developments at Paisley and Elmira, like Costco, are bringing a large influx of people into our neighbourhood. And we are still growing — we need to figure out where to put 40,000 new people in the next ten years.
Cities across the world have two options: grow up or grow out. Growing outwards is a bad choice: sprawl destroys farmland, damages groundwater, encourages pollution, and results in increased property taxes for everyone: the cost to service low-density, outlying neighbourhoods is greater than the tax revenue they provide.
Let's grow up, not grow out.
What I'll Do
We need to build these developments. There's no way to hold back the tide. Let's build them right: keep high-density development in designated nodes like the Paisley-Imperial intersection. Use the presence of high-density housing to our advantage: more people means more demand for city services like transit, allowing us to make an economic case for better service.
Let’s build livable buildings — incorporating modern architecture ideas like terraces with green roofs, and offset living spaces, so people can live downtown without sacrificing their privacy or their love for the outdoors.
On Council, I will support development plans for higher-density construction, if it means we can keep our farms and forests intact. Implemented correctly, these developments are necessary for sustainable growth, and make for a more efficient city with more effective services.