Councillor Sohi has moved his website to a new domain at http://www.amarjeetsohi.com! Although there will be no new updates on this site, you can still come back here to check out past events and news stories!
Recently the City of Edmonton released its draft Growth Coordination Strategy focusing on suburban growth. The report estimates that the costs of providing fire halls, police stations, libraries and recreational centres for already approved neighbourhoods will be $1.2 billion. Once finalized, the strategy will provide sound financial information about the City’s future obligations for capital and operational costs in neighbourhoods. The strategy will also facilitate informed decision-making processes during deliberations for the approval of new neighbourhood structure plans and area structure plans.
I believe that we must continue to encourage infill development, maximizing the use of existing infrastructure and services. We must also continue to explore mixed-use, denser, and contiguous development in new areas, providing choice and ownership opportunities for Edmontonians. It is true that new suburban, residential neighbourhoods do not pay for themselves (the services and infrastructure they require long-term) through the property taxes they generate. However, residential property taxes alone don’t cover the services required for development in mature areas either. Encouraging dense, mixed-use development is one good way to increase future revenues, because these developments bring in relatively more property taxes in a smaller space. But there is a more fundamental problem that the Growth Coordination Strategy does not address.
As your representative for Ward 12 on City Council, Councillor Sohi would like to get your feedback on issues that are important in your neighbourhood and city-wide.
Please take the time to come and meet with Amarjeet in a comfortable setting located right in your community. No rsvp is necessary - he will be there from 9:00-10:30AM, so just drop by when you can.
Amarjeet looks forward to meeting you and hearing your concerns.
Coffee with Councillor Sohi
Saturday, May 19
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery, 936 91 Street S.W.
For a number of years, we have had a serious speeding problem in Burnewood (Jackson Heights and Kiniski Gardens communities). The problem is so serious that, since 2009, there have been 10 injuries and 77 incidents of property damage reported from collisions around the small area shown here on the map. This means that there have been nearly two collisions per week in these communities for the past three years.
We need your help, now, to get community members involved and get these roads safe. Area residents are the best resource for mitigating danger from speeding – in most cases, residents who violate speed limits live in the community. There are various community-led initiatives we can pursue. Please spread the word and come out for a discussion of this issue.
Spring is known to be the season of home-buying, when many Canadians greet warming weather with moves to new houses, often in new and unfamiliar areas. During this hectic time, we don’t always consider certain factors that can, in fact, significantly affect our quality of life once we find ourselves living in a new community. I want to share with you some things to keep in mind, from a municipal perspective, when considering a move.