I want to see our city grow forward progressively and avoid the issues faced by other western Canadian cities that grew past 500 000 people without much of a forward thinking plan.
To me this means serving every citizen. Affordable housing, effective public transit, walkable/bikeable communities and substantial energy efficiency programs are key aspects.
Imagine an infill community where density is well implemented. Homes would be of a modest size to keep them affordable - perhaps even in townhouse form so that energy is saved through sharing the partition wall.
The community is laid out where common services like groceries and schools are only a short walk away - giving people the opportunity to exercise and reduce their reliance on their car. Road design would put pedestrians and cyclists first.
Amongst the homes is plenty of green space and community gardening areas - to help people reduce costs and grow some of their own healthy food.
Because of the density, public transit becomes more feasible. Perhaps the community is right on the bus rapid transit line so that individuals may get to another part of the city quickly, cheaply and without the automatic need for a car. Reducing car trips reduces wear on road infrastructure.
The buildings themselves would meet high standards of energy efficiency through increased levels of insulation, air tightness and solar exposure. Much work is showing that significant efficiencies can be obtained with little to no increase in building cost. Improvements in the building envelope (as its called) save the occupant substantial monthly utility costs that are projected to only increase over the 100 year life of the building.
I'd hope this type of community would be part of an overall more inclusive and kind Saskatoon, where I can live, work, raise a family and contribute positively.