Comment 97589

By kevlahan (registered) | Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:59:55 in reply to Comment 97587

That's certainly true on the small scale.

But on the larger scale, developers are constantly lobbying for low development charges, freedom to develop on greenfields at the edge of the city and minimal requirements to build infrastructure, especially pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods.

I agree that it is up to the city to set the good design standards, and to charge developers the full cost of development (which means charging much more per unit for low density greenfield and much less for medium and high density urban infill). But, politically, this is always difficult because of the influence of the home builders (i.e. those developers who specialize in low density greenfield development).

Another problem is that even once the development is complete, residents in higher density multiresidential buildings (especially renters) subsidize owners in single family houses because of our property tax system: they pay almost three times as much.

Comment edited by kevlahan on 2014-02-13 11:05:29

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