Choosing Our Future: Sustainability !

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The top reasons why we think you should advocate to eliminate parking requirements.

Our region is increasing in population and will need to densify for this reason and because of rising sea levels in the future will lower the amount of land available.

They prevent property owners from using their own property as they see fit.

They are based on junk science. Can anyone tell us that there is an actual link between the number of liters of water in a swimming pool and parking demand or  number of casket viewing rooms in a funeral home and parking demand?

 They lower the price of driving which causes more people to drive which makes our places more dangerous. Insurance companies estimate ~107,500 Canadians were injured and killed in 2018. Cars are the greatest killer of people under 40 in Canada. Can anyone tell us why we say “Don’t drink and drive!” but then the municipalities REQUIRE pubs and bars to provide parking?

 They spread out all developments which makes walking, cycling more difficult and dangerous.

 Makes public transit less sustainable.

 Causes our property taxes to be higher than normal because auto infrastructure is so expensive and has to be so widespread.

 It raises the price of all retail (including housing/ commercial costs) goods because the cost of the parking must be bundled into the cost of all items AND lowers wages for employees in order to pay for the parking.

 They make our society less equitable. The construction/ maintenance costs get bundled into the cost of housing which hurts poor families and women more.  Why women?  Women generally earn less income than men, so are more affected by higher costs of retail products and rents.

 They cause heat islands

They destroy urban form ( they are ugly)Tall boxy buildings surrounded by parking lots- because surface parking is the cheapest way to provide parking.

 Because the average car spends 94% of its time parked, it is the least efficient transportation mode known to mankind.

 Cars cause air pollution which is a leads to respiratory problems and causes pre-term births to occur. 

 We can help you use your property to its highest and best use. Contact us if you want us to speak to your local council  regarding why you think your project should be exempt from the minimum parking requirements. 

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 The E&N railway

This iconic piece of Vancouver Island history deserves a second life as part of the solution to lowering our green house gas emissions.

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 Zoning reform

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References on Governance Issues

Federal and Provincial Budget Priorities

When they want to do something (like "OWN THE PODIUM") - it gets done!

Report on City Governance - Victoria Dec 2008

United Nations Climate Change Conference

Alex Steffan on “Copenhagen and the War for the Future” – 17 Nov 09

That which is unsustainable cannot go on. Unsustainable things that are propped up too long snap and collapse suddenly. Our way of life is unsustainable. The sooner we transform our economy into one that can generate sustainable prosperity, the better off we’ll be, and with every passing day, the risks of catastrophe grow larger and more certain. We need change now.

Quotes from George Marshall of “Climate Change” – 1 Dec 09

People are best motivated to start a journey by a positive vision of their destination—in this case by understanding the real and personal benefits that could come from a low-carbon world. However, it is not enough to prepare a slide show and glossy report vision that just creates more distance and plays to the dominant prejudice against environmental fantasists. People must see the necessary change being made all around them: buildings in entire neighborhoods being insulated and remodeled, electric cars in the driveway, and everywhere the physical adaptations we need to manage for the new weather conditions. If the U.S. government has one strategy, it should be to create such a ubiquity of visible change that the transition is not just desirable but inevitable. We need to emphasize that this is not some distant and intractable global warming, but a very local and rapid climate change, and we need to proclaim it from every solar-panel-clad rooftop.

The Impact of HST Implementation, July 2010

TC Article - 9 August 2009

The Need for Tax Incentives to Promote Higher Density Living

Avi Ickovich in TC - 9 August 2009

Getting the whole job done:

Creating jobs that revitalize the economy and protect communities and resources from climate change - October 22, 2009