Natural Environment Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. How will you balance development with protection of the natural environment?

Joseph Berthelot

Restrict development in those areas that could affect water, trees and wildlife.

Robert Kirwan

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.

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

Its rather hard to strike this balance, however I will work with developers and community to try and find a common ground.

Kent MacNeill

Development is definitely required for economic prosperity and diversity. However, we should not lose sight of the importance of safeguarding our natural habitats and resources in the rush to develop. Studies of environmental impact and open, transparent consultation with the public will be how I balance development with environmental protection.

Candidate name 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)?

Joseph Berthelot

When and where if I ever see these proposals, I will judge the merit and proceed using the available tools at my disposal. I enjoy the outdoors in all four seasons and love our area.

Robert Kirwan

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.

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

I will bring together local Ward 5 community groups and school. We will engage in education and awareness with respect to the changing needs of the community.

Kent MacNeill

I would seek out input from the public in my Ward and determine a fair and equitable strategy for improving protection and access to natural parks and areas. It would require a community-based approach with assistance from the city.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (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

Joseph Berthelot

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

Robert Kirwan

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

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

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

Kent MacNeill

Unsure I will vote in favour Unsure Unsure
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

Joseph Berthelot

Robert Kirwan

Richard Larcher

John Lundrigan

Once again there are a few issues I will need more education on. I will not pretend to have an answer if I am not aware of the issue. I am not saying I am for or against these issues, I just need to me informed as to them.

Kent MacNeill


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