“Smart Growth” is a term which embraces many planning concepts. Smart Growth also addresses many issues which frequently concern residents, such as traffic congestion, endless new subdivisions on previouisly zoned rural lands, disconnected neighbourhoods and inadequate public transit.
Smart Growth in action:
• Curbs urban sprawl by creating firm limits for residential growth
• Preserves green space and farmland
• Offers housing choices to meet a variety of needs.
• Incorporates water and energy efficient design standards
• Plans for and designs for climate protection
• Considers environmental protection
• Promotes public health
• Connects communities through public transit, trails and bike lanes
How has Ajax incorporated “Smart Growth” concepts?
Ajax has an official plan that sets firm urban growth limits: Taunton Road to the north and Audley Road to the east. North and east of these boundaries lies The Greenbelt. This is an area of agricultural lands, watersheds and greenspace deemed so valuable it is protected from development by provincial legislation, legislation that Ajax actively endorses.
The Town of Ajax currently completed reviewing and updating its' Official Plan to ensure a mix of housing that suits many lifestyles. Providing housing for young people, couples, families, and seniors, provides a well balanced diverse community. Ajax municipal housing is currently completing an 84 dwelling complex on Station St.
Future planning envisions compact neighbourhoods that include energy efficient features, features for water conservation and permeable surfaces to adapt to severe weather experiences.
Residents want to work close to home. Ajax has dedicated employment lands despite challenges from the development industry to convert these lands into subdivisions. Our goal is to provide quality jobs that provide salaries to support families so Ajax residents can work close to home.
Ajax's pedestrian and bicycle master plan reconnects neighbourhoods and provides alternative modes of transportation through public transit, trails and bicycle lanes resulting in less congestion and pollution in our community.