Urban renewal is a means for municipalities to maximize built assets/infrastructure, increase tax productivity and strengthen a city’s fiscal standing. To this end I support the concept of downtown renewal in Guelph. Not to be lost in this however, are the growing concerns over the recent tone and direction of our downtown revitalization aspirations. While the vision has merit, the social/economic tradeoffs in terms of increased taxation, affordability, capital project deferral and gentrification need to be better understood. Continue reading
For residents living east of Victoria Rd, the lack of commercial services and business amenities has been a long suffering issue. The reasons are complex but the facts remain true, since the rescinded “Superstore” proposal in 2003/2004, commercial growth in East Guelph has stagnated and frustrations have risen.
Despite the frustration however, there are (in fact) commercial projects working through the planning process for the envisioned East End mixed use node at the Watson/Starwood intersection. Street level commercial along Starwood is intended to create walkable storefronts (as per the 2014 Urban Design Plan), with the larger commercial anchor being situated on the south side of Watson Parkway (i.e. Loblaws grocery store/pharmacy).
District Energy as it relates to Guelph fulfilling it’s economic/environmental and employment potential is a file I am supportive of. I believe publicly owned, district energy is a positive step and one that should be leveraged to create a real competitive advantage in Guelph. Notwithstanding the fact that we MUST be open and transparent to residents on financial matters related to Guelph Hydro. Continue reading
A passion for the environment is part of what makes Guelph such a unique and wonderful place to live. In saying this however, an environmental conscious without the counterbalance of economic and societal demands/benefits can quickly spiral into misguided ideology, a dysfunctional planning process and a break down in sustainable development. In these scenarios, innovative solutions to development can be impeded and the City building process can break down. Continue reading
During the economic crisis of 2008/2009, Guelph’s industrial/manufacturing base was exposed as one of the hardest hit sectors in Southern Ontario. Due in part to shifts in global economies but also because of domestic factors, Guelph has since slipped in comparables to other southern Ontario municipalities as a place to live, raise a family and start a business. Continue reading
In addition to the traditional communication tools (email, phone), my commitment to building and maintaining the relationships between City Hall and residents will include all forms of social media such as Twitter (@dangibsonward1 and @Ward1Guelph), Facebook (Dan Gibson/Guelph) and a Ward 1 website (www.Ward1Guelph.ca). Continue reading
Setting the Foundation
Greetings Ward 1 residents;
For those of you receiving this newsletter, requesting a lawn sign, following my campaign on Twitter/Facebook or are volunteering, I sincerely thank you for your support. Collectively we are pushing forward with October 27th in our sights.
Ward 1 | No Longer Ignored!
Dan Gibson Running for Ward 1 City Council – Press Release – May 12th, 2014
There’s a new voice in East Guelph and he seems bound and determined to provide renewed advocacy for Ward 1 on City Council this fall.
“I’m humbled by the challenge, but am truly excited to announce my candidacy for Ward 1 City Council,” says Dan Gibson.
When asked why he is running , Dan explained, “My wife and I are proud to live here, proud to raise our family here, and we believe our concerns are commonly shared in Ward 1. I want to serve and advocate for our community on Council.”
The Need for Dedicated Go Train Parking Downtown
I want to be clear in saying the recent announcement regarding provincial investment in track upgrades along Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph corridor to provide all day two way service to Toronto is a good thing. Who can argue with some extra sleep on the train in the morning, less time behind the wheel, more productive time on the commute home (for you workaholics), and most importantly more quality time at home with our families. These are all positives to commuting on GO. In saying this however, I’m resigned to feel like this announcement only begins to address some of the road blocks facing Guelph commuters. By this I mean, increasing service in Guelph only deals with the “supply” side of the equation; and skips over the equally important “demand” side.