Issues & Ideas
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Dartmouth is changing.
Its bright future depends on respecting its past, building on its strengths, and working to fix the shortcomings of Dartmouth today.
After living here for almost three decades, I’ve seen how we succeed when our expertise and our talents have been brought together in collaboration.
If I’m an expert in anything, it’s in knowing where to find Dartmouth’s best ideas and abilities, and knowing how to bring them together.
I want to hear your ideas, concerns and hopes and use what I learn to work for an even brighter Dartmouth tomorrow.
Here are some of my ideas for shaping Dartmouth’s future:
We need to support a Dartmouth Centre where everyone is welcome and able to thrive. We can encourage this by:
- Requiring new developments to include a percentage of three-bedroom units to attract families
- Ensuring plans include playgrounds and designated green spaces
- Supporting urban agriculture
- Increasing affordable housing stock through density bonusing and inclusionary zoning
- Changing zoning to allow for laneway housing and in-law suites
- Encouraging mixed-use development
Support for Small Businesses
Small businesses are the life-blood of our community. We need to support them by:
- Identifying and eliminating obstacles to small business start-up
- Providing tax credits or lower tax rates for small businesses downtown
- Instating an HRM “buy local” policy
Transit needs to be fast, frequent and reliable. People need to feel safe when they’re walking or riding their bike. We need to make it easier to get around without a car, so that when we do need to drive, we aren’t stuck going nowhere. We can improve all our commutes by:
- Creating more bus express routes and dedicated bus lanes
- Expanding the ferry service on both Dartmouth and Woodside ferries
- Exploring the possibility of bus routes to ocean beaches during the summer
- Thinking creatively about how to grow ridership. For example: free bus passes for all grade 6 students in HRM; short-term tourist transit passes that include discounts on attraction; hold a "bring a friend for free" day for transit pass holders
- Conducting a survey of cyclists to determine what improvements will make Dartmouth more bike-friendly, and acting on the most efficient and affordable suggestions
- Connecting the Greenway Network
Investment in Culture and Heritage
Dartmouth has a rich history and a vibrant arts scene. Our local culture needs to be supported by:
- Creating a permanent home in Dartmouth for the 40,000 artifacts that are hidden from public view in a warehouse
- Protecting Evergreen House and Quaker House once the new museum is built
- Sustaining and supporting the arts through grants, residencies and an arm's-length arts council
Protection for Our Lakes and Waterways
We’re the City of Lakes. They provide recreation and the opportunity to experience nature in the centre of our city. We need to protect our lakes by:
- Reinstating the water quality monitoring program on all lakes
- Educating the public about the damage lawn fertilizers cause
- Supporting initiatives like the Oathill Lake Revitalization
- Recognizing the benefits, both ecological and social, of daylighting the Sawmill River and investing in it