For one councillor, urban sprawl goes a ridge too far
EDMONTON - Coun. Linda Sloan drew her line in the sand this week, voting no for the first time against one more new neighbourhood in a far corner of her ward.
“I cannot in good conscience vote for more suburban residential zoning,” said the registered nurse and seven-year veteran councillor.
On Monday, Walton Development applied for residential zoning for 160 houses in Hawks Ridge, the first homes to be built in a new neighbourhood south of St. Albert.
The neighbourhood will be beautiful, with a wildlife corridor to Big Lake and homes overlooking the wetlands of Lois Hole Provincial Park. But the city is not ready for yet another suburb, said Sloan.
“We don’t have any permanent sanitary sewers or drainage infrastructure out there. We also have no transit centres; we have no fire halls; there’s no EMS. We’re critically short of EMS stations in the west end,” she said.
“If we approve this, what are the accompanying costs for building all this infrastructure?” she asked. “Once we approve the zoning, that’s our last kick at the cat. This, to me, was a line in the sand.”
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