For a while, I have been interested in Development Charges and their impacts on growth. The announcement that the Greater Essex County District School Board was reviewing their education development charges (EDC) was certainly interesting, partially because I didn't know that they existed. Originally set back in 2014, the charge of $305 per residential unit … Continue reading School Board Stuff: Educational Development Charges
Capital Budget First thing I have noticed is that it is a 7 year budget compared to the 6 year budget proposed in 2018 and 5 Year in 2017. I don't recall the shift to a 10 year plan that is coming but I think it is a good thing in principle. The items up … Continue reading 2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot-Take Part 2: Capital
According to the Mayor and Administration news conference (some audio issues for the first few minutes) there are two big items that are missing from the budget documents. Due to the timing of the budget along with council's strategic planning session tree trimming and economic development are not included and currently have a largely unspecified … Continue reading 2019 City of Windsor Budget Hot Take
The latest bugaboo in Windsor is around a wetland/woodlot/clumps of trees in Ward 10 ie. the South Cameron Woodlot and the surrounding lands. Just prior to the weekend the Mayor Dilkens celebrated the province removing the significant woodland/wetland designation, which would in theory allow for development. Social media has been a flutter with discussion condemning … Continue reading Out to the Woodlot…
The past week or so has been interesting, as the direction of the City has been shaped for next 4 years. It began with a "strategic planning" meeting on Tuesday where City Councillors outlined their priorities for the term as part of the second fifth of the City's 20 Year Strategic Plan. To my embarrassment, … Continue reading Priorities, Opportunity Cost and Courage
Last week (Jan 23) the Brooksfield Institute put out a report that outlined wage and employment in Tech in CMAs across Canada. Windsor came out of the report ranked with the highest wage gaps between men and women in Canada. On January 30th a rebuttal emerged. Now I have a lot of respect for Yvonne … Continue reading On Tech Wages, YQG Perception and Leadership
Where are People in Windsor-Essex? As was mentioned earlier in a previous post, there is a lack of literature on mid-size Canadian cities and urban/sprawl issues which creates challenges in finding comparative context for our community. The vast majority of literature, research and best practices on sprawl focus on large urban centres. Large cities are home to … Continue reading The Windsor Research Project – Where are the People?