The most recent in a series of Building Futures luncheons took place last week when BILD York Chapter hosted a conversation with municipal mayors, staff and officials at The Manor on February 4.
BILD Chair Steve Deveaux welcomed 150 members and guests to the event and York Chapter Chair Michael Pozzebon moderated the discussion with City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow and City of Vaughan Planning Commissioner John Mackenzie.
Pozzebon asked the panelists about their plans for growth along their respective corridors, their transit and transportation priorities, funding for infrastructure, parkland dedication and more.
All three panellists agreed that the Yonge Street subway extension was a top priority and that there is a pressing need to get on with building the transit infrastructure.
“We all need to come to the table prepared to make some tough, upfront long-term financing decisions for this infrastructure,” said Mackenzie.
“We’ve all complied with the Growth Plan and developed our corridors,” said Mayor Barrow, adding that in some areas, it has created congestion and the planned transportation improvements and a sustainable funding strategy is needed now.
Scarpitti praised the industry’s campaign to educate new homebuyers about development charges and the amount of government fees and charges included in the cost of a home – which can amount to one-fifth of the cost of a low-rise home in the GTA, saying it helps to hold us all accountable.
At the event, attendees were encouraged to take a copy of the Building Futures – York booklet, which has important facts and statistics about the industry in the region. Similar publications were completed for the GTA and other regions. Find them here.