IDA asked all candidates to provide a yes or no answer to Questions 1-7. Several respondents chose to make an “Other” comment on certain questions. Many candidates also wrote expanded comments on various questions. Question 8 asked them to tell us, if they are elected, what they hope to accomplish by the end the four-year term.
Q1 The Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan will be reviewed by the province in the spring of 2019. Will you work to ensure the Plan remains in place and is properly funded?
Q2 Will you commit to prioritizing the preservation of greenspace in Innisfil through the planning process if the province fails to expand or fund the Greenbelt in the future?
Q3 Population growth and a recent spike in building permits are burdening existing infrastructure. The St. John’s Road sewage treatment in plant in Alcona will reach maximum capacity in 2023 and require expansion at an estimated cost of $87M. How do you plan, if elected, to get a ‘grip’ on the town’s finances and spending?
Q4 If elected, will you ensure that a decision to service the 400 lands, estimated at over $100M, is only made when you have proof that it is financially viable, the required infrastructure is paid for by development charges and no undue burden is placed on Innisfil taxpayers?
Q5 Do you support initiating partnerships with adjacent municipalities for infrastructure projects similar to the recent agreement with Barrie for the servicing of the proposed seniors’ development on Big Bay Point Road?
Q6 Will you ensure that a portion of all new residential development proposals be dedicated to affordable housing? If you answer ‘Yes”, please describe below the percentage of affordable housing you would support?
Q7 Will you support extending the Greenbelt into Simcoe County to help protect and preserve Class 1-4 Farmland and source water areas?
Q8 If elected, what is the single biggest change in and for the town of Innisfil that you hope to have made at the end of the next four years?