The Municipal Green Agenda
We need to stop urban sprawl. Urban sprawl is when land is consumed faster than the population is growing. These low-density, often suburban, developments hurt both urban and rural quality of life. Urban sprawl contributes to a loss of natural areas like green space and wildlife habitat, and loss of productive farmland for the sake of isolated, spread-out neighbourhoods, that are much more car-dependent and contribute to poor air quality, increased water use, increased water pollution, and increased greenhouse gas emissions. There is another option. We can build up and not out, and design our cities to be less car-dependent, more suitable for public transit and walking, so municipal infrastructure is used as efficiently as possible. Limiting sprawl on the long-term means working with other municipalities to develop regional bases for planning. This will stop developers from pitting one community against another, allow municipalities to move forward together, and will give the municipalities strength to influence developers.