Comment 32489

By jason (registered) | Posted July 27, 2009 at 12:11:53

frustrated ward 4 resident, I feel for you. Most residents in your ward get distracted by all the crazy emails and press releases and fail to realize that one of the main culprits responsible for their constantly flooded basements is the unchecked sprawl Hamilton has allowed in recent years. Complicating the problem is the fact that development charges are so low on new sprawl projects, no money has been available to upgrade our water/wastewater systems to handle the new growth. In other words, developers get to build what they want and you and I face ever-increasing water rates and ever increasing flooding thanks to all the new runoff flowing over the escarpment from all the new pavement.

The recent proposal by the city to increase charges on new developments is a welcome change. The Spec called it a 'rain water tax' but it's simply a means of charging developers a more appropriate amount to help pay for all the new infrastructure needed to support their development. I can't believe it, but it appears that after 30+ years of flogging this dead development model, the city is actually going to start charging those responsible for the new developments instead of burdening existing taxpayers any further.

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