Natural Environment Survey Questions Summary

Council Member 1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

By developing programs that encourage rehabilitation of brownfield properties and
subsequent development of these properties. To promote infill development where
possible

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I will make sure that development is regulated so any program must keep in mind the environment issues and make sure they are addressed before the development happens. Also there are place where development can happen in our city that won't disrupt our natural environment.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

Our city is having problems growing. We are aggressively promoting more growth and development and we want more businesses to locate in Sudbury to create more jobs which will in turn require more housing development and subdivisions. At the same time, we don’t want to destroy the reason why most people wanted to live in this area in the first place. People value the natural environment, so we don’t want to ruin it with development and industrial parks. Recognizing this, we must be always cognizant of the impact proposed developments will have on sustainable transportation and water quality, while also being aware that we have a growing demand to reduce spending to lower taxes. Planning is necessary in order to balance the needs of both and we just need to establish a long-term vision so that all decisions must fit within that vision.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

Greater Sudbury is large in geography. I will endeavour to push for more economic development but at the same time work with the natural environment to ensure that we keep our lakes and waterways healthy and sustainable for many years to come. Working with the professionals who have the knowledge of what is the best balance as well as working in conjunction with the provincial rules and regulations of the MNR as a team we will be able to find solutions to balance development and natural environment protection

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

More development is badly needed in our City, but not at the expense of the environment. There are endless areas for development that do not have a negative impact on the environment. Develop in those areas and ensure that planning department and committee uses an environmental checklist with industrial developments to make sure that harmful run-off is properly diverted and managed.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

By working with the developers and the community to ensure we make the best use of our land resource while protecting our natural resource.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Stronger by-laws and building codes (where applicable)

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

By working with developers at the planning stage to ensure sensitivity for green areas

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

Advocate for a sustainable plan policy for construction(green streets concept)/continue to support and advocate for responsible stormwater mgt-LIDS (low impact development-permeable pavers for one-)best practices,persue developper accountablity through mitigation timeline policy(ongoing) ..please refer to natural credit valuation concept.above. By keeping our OP in tune with evolving philosophies-ie Loach rd, Maley and Montrose connector.

Council Member 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)?

Brian Bigger
Mayor

I will bring these topics forward to Council for open debate and discussion.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I will work hard to get involved with Green Space Advisory Panel and champion these projects in my Ward. Ward 1.

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

In relation to the points made above, I think that the time may have come for us to examine our long standing desire to “fill in” land space that we already have when it comes to development. I think it makes far more sense from an environmental point of view to leave our natural space that exists close to the core of the former City of Sudbury and begin to encourage development in the outlying areas. For example, if you build the Maley Drive extension, you will be encouraging the development of houses north of the development in the New Sudbury area to reach out to the new Maley Drive road. That will destroy the natural environment closest to the city core. However, if you build the Barrydowne Extension to Hanmer, you will be encouraging more development in Valley East and Capreol without destroying a lot of natural environment in the meantime. There are numerous examples of this throughout the region where we can start to encourage outside development instead of forcing development to take place closest to the central part of the city. The current policy may result in less costly infrastructure, but if we destroy our environment, no one is going to want to live here anyway.

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I will need to do more research to provide a proper answer for this question

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

Ward 7 has a great opportunity to add to the Junction Creek walking path system from the beginning of the creek in Garson to connect with the paths on the south side of Maley Drive. This would build our parks system bringing it closer to nature. The whole ward also has a wonderful series of green spaces that need more attention and maintenance whether they are parks, playgrounds or paths. If we build something we need to make sure we take care of it.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

As a former member of the Green Space Advisory Panel, I work to incorporate the recommendations of the Green Space Plan into the Official Plan.

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

I want to promote more community gardens in Ward 10. They have been well received where they exist and there are opportunities here to expand on this.

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Protect Oak Forest and Blueberry Hill

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

Again by looking a the whole picture(which I have done since 2007) of what we have,what we need , where can it go and what the impact will be.Balancing ecological,quality of life and financial implications and community engagement.

Multiple choice questions:

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

Brian Bigger
Mayor

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

René Lapierre
Ward 6

Unsure I will vote in favour Unsure Unsure

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will champion that

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

I will vote in favour I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

Unsure I will champion that Unsure Unsure

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that I will champion that
Explanations:

Council Member Explanations

Brian Bigger
Mayor

I moved to Sudbury, having lived in Oakville, Ontario and St. Albert, Alberta.
In both communities I experienced and enjoyed these livable elements.

Mark Signoretti
Ward 1

Michael Vagnini
Ward 2

Gerry Germain Montpellier
Ward 3

Evelyn Dutrisac
Ward 4

Robert Kirwan
Ward 5

René Lapierre
Ward 6

I chose unsure for a few of these questions as I would require more information to ensure that my final decision is one that I make after I am well informed.

Mike Jakubo
Ward 7

(a)Only on a capital project basis as this strategy should already be employed by the planning department (d) If there is no way to safely ensure the protection of the natural environment.

Al Sizer
Ward 8

Deb McIntosh
Ward 9

Fern Cormier
Ward 10

Lynne Reynolds
Ward 11

n/a

Joscelyne Landry-Altmann
Ward 12

Queston (c) is area specific and limiting.There is also the Montrose /Maley drive connector which is driven by the OP and dates back to 1965-.It has been recognized(EA) to have a negative impact on the neighborhood ,plans forge ahead however.The OP(TS) needs to be reevalauted with today's view of the city ..We(residents of New Sudbury-Ward 12)would appreciate having this road connector included in your survey as a question –as Loach<s rd.and certainly as part of the Good Green Towne Hall meeting..We continue to battle this outdated model and would appreciate your support.


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