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Why stop S P R A W L?

"What the tax productivity data shows is that 'rich-people housing' with big lots and plenty of room for cars, which were subsidized when the neighbourhood was developed, continue to be subsidized throughout their long existence. Suburban single-family houses on big lots simply do not cover the municipal expense of things like repairing all that asphalt and clearing all that snow."

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Durham Region can only achieve net zero or near net zero GHG emissions through deep decarbonization and system transformation moving away from lower density and energy intensive forms of urban development. Deep decarbonization entails implementing three broad strategies: 

1 - Reducing energy consumption across all sectors, especially through compact and efficient urban development and supporting infrastructure (e.g. water, sewer, roads, energy). 

2 - Electrification of transportation and building heating energy use, Durham’s two largest sources of GHG emissions, and switching to net zero sources of electricity and likely hydrogen. 

3 - Enhancing carbon sequestration in agricultural and natural heritage systems.

From April 22, 2022 report to Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change

– Land Needs Assessment Subcommittee – Advice and Recommendations


Car-depedent suburbia is subsidized by productive urban places. That's why many cities are broke. But how bad is it, and who is subsidizing who? This video includes a case study from Guelph!


Thousands of acres of farmland and green space might be opened up to urban development.

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Developers are pushing for access to farmland and natural areas not designated for urban growth to build sprawl. They've been successful in convincing many local governments and the Province to build sprawl.

Not enough residents are telling their local Councillors to stop allowing sprawl and build sustainable communities! 

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Some want us to believe we have no choice but to sacrifice our food and freshwater future for new development. They are wrong.

We can meet all of our housing needs, the expected growth in population and preserve the precious farmland and water features in and around the Greenbelt. This factsheet shows you how.

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