Candidate Survey Results

General Info

Chris Nerpin

Ward 11

Transportation


Transportation Survey Responses:

1. What does sustainable transportation mean to you?
For me, the concept of sustainable transportation means building a network of transportation infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, nature paths, bike paths/lanes, public transit, etc.) that meets the needs of the community, is efficient, respects and compliments the natural environment, and most importantly ensures that future needs are considered in the planning and building of this network. It should, in effect, compliment the business, social, and residential needs of the community, and also be able to accommodate changes in transportation technologies.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
Planning for sustainable transportation in Greater Sudbury and its communities needs to be a collaborative effort form numerous city departments, including those that oversee Parks, Transit, Roads, Economic Development, Infrastructure, and so many more. I will work with council and staff to build a cohesive and effective framework that focuses on bringing all of these interests into a synergy that can then facilitate effective planning and management of a sustainable transportation network throughout all of Greater Sudbury.
As part of my commitment to develop sustainable transportation in Greater Sudbury, I recognize that walking, cycling, and improved transit services are vital to achieve this goal.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 3. What are you going to do to enhance walking, bicycling and transit usage in Greater Sudbury over the next 4 years?


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
I will vote in favour
(b) Adopting a Complete Streets Policy that details how to implement streets that are designed for all users
I will vote in favour
(c) Improvements in transit service and fares to meet the needs of citizens
I will vote in favour
(d) Implementation and coordination of Transportation Demand Management
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Water Quality


Water Quality Survey Responses:

1. In your view, what are the most important steps the city needs to take to protect water quality?
Protecting all of our waterways is vital to the health of our citizens, and our community. All development must ensure that it has as minimum an environmental impact as possible. Infrastructure that protects our waterways from residential and storm run-off needs to be as effective as possible, and meet environmental needs. Future development must not move forward without complete information on environmental impacts.

* 2. How are you going to support it in our community?
I recognize the importance of protecting our waterways; it is vital to the health of our community. I would work to increase public education and building effective environmental infrastructure that supports economic development, while also protecting the environment, our waterways, and our drinking water.
I am committed to ensuring that we protect and sustain our many lakes. It is an important responsibility of civic leaders to be mindful of this when making decision on development around waterways and recreational use of green spaces and parks, as well as promoting green lifestyle options throughout our communities.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 1. What plan do you have to protect and sustain our many lakes? What actions will you take to support your plan? What resources will you devote?


Level of support for:

(a) Requiring larger shoreline buffers
I will vote in favour
(b) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to complete priority watershed and subwatershed studies
I will vote in favour
(c) Rejecting development in floodplains and wetlands
I will vote in favour
(d) Adopting higher standards for storm water management, and expanded capacity in vulnerable areas
I will vote in favour
(e) Support for the Vermilion River Stewardship’s opposition of proposed modified run-of-river hydroelectric dams on the Vermilion River
Unsure
Explanation:


Natural Environment


Natural Environment Survey Responses:

1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?
This, for me, goes hand in hand with protecting Greater Sudbury's waterways and drinking water. I will work to move Greater Sudbury forward with green initiatives, and help build a culture that encourages green-energy industries to invest here.

2. How will you champion opportunities in your ward to fill gaps in parks service and to protect unique natural areas (identified by the Green Space Advisory Panel)?
Collaborative partnerships with the stakeholders is the most effective way to solve these issues. The biggest resource in a community is citizen support and interest. I will work to ensure effective and collaborative communication between the city and all of the stakeholders so that strategies can be developed that ensure green spaces, parks, conservation areas, etc. are protected and nurtured.


Level of support for:

(a) Dedicated annual funding in the municipal budget to implement the green space acquisition strategy
I will vote in favour
(b) Policies in the Official Plan to recognize and protect important natural areas
I will vote in favour
(c) Removing the “Laurentian link” road from the Official Plan transportation schedule
Unsure
(d) Re-assessing proposed roads on the Transportation Schedule that impact natural areas
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Local Food


Local Food Survey Responses:

1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?
The city's role is to ensure that is supports initiatives that promote local agriculture, and provides public education on the benefits to health, and the local economy.

* 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?
Working with the next council, I would develop an action plan to encourage development of local agriculture and forest foods. Developing and protecting fresh water is a priority to protecting the natural environment and waterways in Greater Sudbury.
I would continue to develop on the initiatives that have already established a local food economy, and work to minimize the bureaucratic gauntlet that has encumbered this initiative.
* Above includes answer to Top Public Question 2. What is your commitment to encourage a local food economy?


Level of support for:

(a) A food action plan for the city
I will vote in favour
(b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions
I will vote in favour
(c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives
I will vote in favour
(d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use
I will vote in favour
(e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Citizen Engagement


Citizen Engagement Survey Responses:

1. How will you ensure that community consultation is done effectively and openly, with productive dialogue from start to finish for municipal projects and decisions?
I will work to develop a clear framework that sets out clear processes for effective citizen engagement, which ensures the public interest is fairly gathered and reported, communication methods are accessible and effective, and datum collected and reported on, and used in decision making, is statistically relevant.

2. How will you ensure a consistent culture of openness and support for public input across all city departments?
Working collaboratively with the elected council to ingrain and encourage a culture of accountability, and transparency at city hall. Revitalizing the concept of public service and responsibility in all departments of municipal government.


Level of support for:

(a) Adopting an enhanced system for resolving all issues and complaints, including tracking numbers and prescribed timelines
I will vote in favour
(b) Requiring proactive engagement of citizens and stakeholder groups when forming policies and developing projects
I will vote in favour
(c) Requiring agendas and background material to be publicly posted two weeks in advance, and minutes to be posted one week after meetings of Council and Committees of Council
I will vote in favour
(d) Providing timely, fair and transparent support to citizens and citizen groups for community projects that contribute to the community
I will vote in favour
(e) Ensuring easily accessible, complete and searchable information on the City website
I will vote in favour
Explanation:


Climate Change


Climate Change Survey Response:

What actions should the municipality take to reduce carbon emissions and improve community resilience in the face of climate change?
Pro-active education and by-laws that encourage citizens to make greener choices and help protect the local environment, in their day to day lives, as well as in recreation. Developing an efficient public transit system and walking/cycling routes - as part of a sustainable transportation plan - and working with industry to address and reduce the carbon footprint in our communities.