Local advocacy asks Durham Region not to expand its borders – Durham

Durham area planners are looking at ways to double the population and create 460,000 jobs by 2051.

“Part of the work we’re doing now is taking a long-term look at the growth forecast assigned to the region by the province,” says Gary Muller, Durham Region planning director.

The Durham region is examining five different scenarios for managing growth over the course of around 30 years.

“One of the things we’re looking at is something called ‘housing mix,’ which is how many low-density units — things like single-family homes, semi-detached homes — should we put in, how many medium-density — things like townhouses — and how many high-density units … things like apartments,” Muller explains.

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Muller adds that scenario one would require more growth into surrounding land, but scenario five, with higher-density options, would require none. The three scenarios in between would be a mixture of both.

Stop Sprawl Durham, a local environmental advocacy group, is urging the region to focus on scenario five so Durham communities can build within their already outlined boundaries.

“In Durham we have about 17,000 acres of farmland, our watershed and our natural heritage system that is at risk of being developed. These are lands that can help mitigate the dire effects of climate change. These lands clean our air, our water, they sequester carbon,” says Helen Brenner, a member of the group.

Some municipalities have already started sharing which scenario appeals to them the most.

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Pickering leans toward scenario two, which would require some outward expansion, while Ajax also supports the move to grow within its own confines.

This is welcome news for local lawyers.

“I think we need to start acting like we’re in a climate crisis and that means doing things a little bit differently. It’s more expensive for taxpayers to increase urban sprawl and take over our farmland and natural areas. It makes economic sense to start backfilling and compacting,” says Leigh Paulseth, a conservation biologist.

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Residents of the Durham area can comment on these five scenarios by filling out an online form opinion poll until the end of this week.

A decision on how to grow the region will then be made in May, and Muller says things like environmental impact will be taken into account during that process.

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