Comment 27066

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted October 28, 2008 at 14:04:28

We've had an overly simlistic attitude to growth for a long time. We say 'growth is good' as if it's that simple.

Let's say we build 2 houses, one is a townhouse downtown, the other a semi detatched Flamborough. Let's say the Flamborough semi has no roads or pipes - we have to build these which costs +$. We also now have to maintain them - more $. Now let's say the downtown townhouse has roads and pipes but the local hospital is overflowing. The townhouse accomodates more people than the burbs house...We now need to look at expanding the hospital - more $!

Each new development should be looked at in terms of the respective costs and developer fees should reflect the one-time and on-going costs involved. There are obvious economies of scale to be gained through infill projects - the infrastructure is already there and the more traffic you can force onto the existing roads and waste you can flush through the pipes the better the return on the investment (until the infrastructure becomes overloaded at least).

There are a lot of factors to consider. I don't know to what extent our municipalities are really looking at this.

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