Press Release: Candidates support Greenbelting, less clear on saying “no” to inappropriate development
September 6, 2012
On Thursday September 6th, the Our HRM Alliance is releasing the answers of three of the mayoral candidates to a survey on the development of liveable and sustainable communities within the Municipality. Two of the candidates, Vince Hall and Matt Worona, though they met personally with the Alliance, did not respond to the survey despite numerous reminders from Alliance Coordinator, Jen Powley. Tuxedo Stan’s comments are posted on the website, though he is not yet an official candidate.
“The responses we got are impressive” said Powley. “They meet our goal to help Haligonians choose who best can represent us as the head of City Hall.”
The Our HRM Alliance, comprised of 40 groups from urban, rural and suburban parts of the Municipality posted the answers verbatim. They are available below. District candidates for council have also responded to the survey.
The three official candidates who did respond - Fred Connors, Tom Martin and Mike Savage - agreed on some investments but differed on others.
Mike Savage, identified as the front-runner by a September 5 Corporate Research Associates poll, committed to investing in the downtown core and growth centres but would not take the subsequent step and comment on investment in inappropriate areas. However, a statement that he would stick to the Regional Plan leads one to believe that growth outside of identified areas would be discouraged. Savage did not commit to the development of a ‘near urban’ park at Blue Mountain Birch Cove but does to want to learn more about the costs that would be involved in moving forward with this project.
Fred Connors supports using Greenbelting to help the Municipality develop in the most efficient manner possible. He said that he would say “no” to certain developments if they were planned for a location outside of growth centres. Connors says he will deliver “government with guts”.
Tom Martin, who provided the lengthiest answers, is willing to give more spending authority to Community Councils. So while he supports investment in the downtown and growth centres, he also wants to give citizens of these areas more control in how that spending is allocated. Martin supports Greenbelting and is willing to “vote against development that does not fall within [the] parameters [of the Regional Municipal Planning Strategy].”
Any questions on the survey or its process can be directed to Jen Powley, Our HRM Alliance Coordinator at 429.0924, or 802.1270.