Hold the Line: A Campaign to Stop Urban Sprawl in Ottawa

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  • Sheila Minogue-Calver
    commented 2020-05-26 23:00:35 -0400
    I love Navan. Right now we have no councillor. We cannot allow the urban sprawl. Navan is a community minded village. It is a quiet village with lots of community involvement throughout the year. Especially our Navan Fair! Our village is a delight, filled with beautiful homes, parks, walking trails, a local school, a few local businesses, 2 churches, and JT Bradley’s convenience and liquor store. All within walking distance from our homes. It’s a perfect place to grow and live one’s life. We are only half an hour from Ottawa market area and city center. Urban sprawl will run over the many farms in the country around Navan. We cannot allow it. Please do not change the boundaries . Do not allow the Wall Road to be removed as the border , that protects our village. Leave us alone please!
  • Barb Grisdale
    commented 2020-05-07 14:17:37 -0400
    We have no idea of the cost of the expansion, except to the land, to nature, to pollution, to neighbourliness, to the environment. Better to work within the present boundaries to improve available housing and the quality of the city. Ottawa’s charm lies in part in its compactness.
  • Shi Sen
    commented 2020-05-07 13:12:09 -0400
    Think about this: the area of Ottawa at present is larger than Shanghai. The population of Shanghai is 35,000,000. Ottawa needs to expand about as much as a fish needs a bicycle. A larger city servesonly the automobile and developers. Note also that a low density city is much much more expensive to service – ergo higher property taxes.
  • Olga Ijewliw
    commented 2020-05-07 13:08:53 -0400
    Preserve the green spaces. Intensification can be successful if people are civil; limit noise and smoking pollution.
  • Keith Burley
    commented 2020-05-07 13:05:30 -0400
    Enough of population growth, more green space protection.
  • Justin Boudreau
    commented 2020-02-13 18:50:36 -0500
    To increase livability in compact urban spaces we need the city to focus on bylaws that enforce, and spaces that encourage civility.

    Only then will people support intensification. I want the city green spaces to be protected and homes to be integratted with green space not razed for development, but if intensification comes to my neighbourhood I would resist, because proximity in the absence of civility leads to noise and other forms of pollution which I have experienced many times in neighbourhoods that are “dense”.
  • Raewyn Khosla
    commented 2019-10-28 11:16:49 -0400
    Our ecosystems are under serious threat from habitat loss. This is a huge problem in North America. Ask any person who lives in Ottawa and they will tell you that it’s the green space that makes this city so lovely to live in. We must preserve it for our health and wellbeing.,,for the small farms, for the hiking, for our children. Stop the sprawl please!
  • Linda Berry
    commented 2019-10-28 10:43:02 -0400
    As Claudet Gaudet said, “trees near every building” – but not just single ‘trees’, we need to preserve our forests and fields- they’re one of our greatest natural resources; Barrhaven is full of little wooded areas that enrich our air, provide shade, provide habitat, provide beauty………and are a refuge from tar and asphalt (spelling?). Stop the sprawl; we have enough!!
  • Ian Allen
    commented 2019-10-07 11:40:34 -0400
    I can’t say it any better than Dean Lauer: We need to stop the obsession with growth. More population means more crime, more sprawl, more pollution, more traffic, more housing insecurity, more costly infrastructure, and less greenspace. I have lived here for 25 years have seen a beautiful, culturally rich city become an ugly, aggressive concrete jungle thanks to out-of-control population growth. We need to stop trying to attract more people to live here!
  • Dean Lauer
    commented 2019-09-11 14:35:52 -0400
    We need to stop the obsession with growth. More population means more crime, more sprawl, more pollution, more traffic, more housing insecurity, more costly infrastructure, and less greenspace. I have lived here for 25 years have seen a beautiful, culturally rich city become an ugly, aggressive concrete jungle thanks to out-of-control population growth.

    We need to stop trying to attract more people to live here!
  • Mathieu Samson-Savage
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  • Claudette Gaudet
    commented 2019-09-09 08:57:28 -0400
    We have been withnessing encroachment of precious farmland and important greenspaces with the exponential growth of Orleans and other suburban areas on the outskirt of Ottawa for over 30 years without much intervention from our governments. It is overdue for our governments to tackle the issue to preserve the good soils so important for food production and the forested areas needed for clean air and adequate habitat to preserve the diversity of wildlife.

    As an emphasis is placed on intensification, I believe the city should limit the height of residential buildings to avoid creating wind tunnels and ensure sunshine access for everyone. It should also require the inclusion of green spaces with trees near every building and mandate the use of environmentally friendly products for walking areas. There should also be community rooms in all highrises, and within short walking distance in low rise neighbourhoods.

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