John's Six Priorities for 2010-2014
We must continue to ensure development and growth in Newmarket are focused on Davis Drive and Yonge Street, thereby protecting and preserving our established neighbourhoods. We all enjoy the restaurants, medical offices, and shops that growth brings but we still want our street and neighbourhood to remain quiet and safe. I will continue to advocate for the protection and preservation of our existing neighbourhoods.
Newmarket has been a green leader for many years and I am proud to play a part in that effort. We must continue to look for ways to put the environment first. I believe we must complete and implement a town-wide greenhouse gas reduction strategy and engage the community in that effort. I will also advance the introduction of solar power at all municipal and regional buildings that can support it and where the financial return is clear. A strong environmental program will benefit our environment and the bottom line.
A Town of Trails:
Newmarket should have a stated goal to be a town of trails. Nothing in Newmarket is more popular than its trails. The future of Newmarket and all urban municipalities should be to allow as many people as possible to move throughout the town for recreation, shopping, commuting or leisure on a well-planned and integrated set of bike and pedestrian trails. Newmarket can and should become known as a town of trails. This will require a comprehensive trails master plan in the next term of council.
Taxes and Debt:
I will continue to propose and vote for measures which introduce greater levels of fiscal responsibility at the Region and the Town. We must increase our efforts to pay down our debt. We cannot burden our children and grandchildren with our spending. In these new economic times we must make tough decisions and accept that we cannot do business as usual.
I will continue to advocate for a stronger social service network at the Region of York. The Region recently passed the one million resident mark – we have the challenges of a big city; we must have the services to meet those challenges. The Region has a wait list for supportive housing in excess of 6,500 people; we must set hard targets and a strategy for reducing that list.
Recreation and Leisure:
A top priority for many residents is to live in a town with high quality recreational programs and the Town must have strong partnerships with Soccer, Hockey, and Baseball Associations, as well as others, to ensure opportunity and choice in sport. We must work with our Seniors Centre to ensure our seniors have just as much opportunity and choice as any other resident. Finally, we must add new recreational opportunities to our town, such as a splash pad and leash-free dog park.