The most constant argument used by Darrell and his slate partners during a rezoning is if you use Eco-density, you can grow dramatically while decreasing the impact on the environment. Of course, they look at the situation per-capita while the effect on the environment is by the total numbers.
While they claim to be fighting climate change, they are increasing the total damage caused by the extra people and cars. At the potential Safeway site, 2 18 story buildings and a 12 story one is being proposed. There are no residents now. Do the math.
You can’t reduce greenhouse gases by turning a 3 story apt building into a 12, 18 or even 24 story tower. 4, 6 or even 8 times the number of living spaces even when done better than 20 years ago, it is still a large increase of people and cars into our small city that will produce far more GHGs.
You cannot pretend to be green when are addicted to growth.
Their battle for density has become a war on single family housing, Darrell has proposed taking this to the next level.
"In a recent interview, Mayor Darrell Mussatto told me he would like to see property tax rates eventually be based on neighbourhood density.”
Metro column, EcoDensity thrives after Citizen Sam
It does reveal what is really behind the density drive, it is the need to keep increasing the budget and sustain more staff with 4% pay increases every year.