One of the challenges of growth is how to avoid, what has been in the past, an inevitable increase in traffic congestion. I have been reminded by the discussions in Arlington of the importance of approving the downtown secondary plan this week.
Guelph is approximately 8,800 hectares with a population of 125,000. Arlington is 6,734 hectares with a population of 212,000 – so about twice the density of Guelph.
Arlington has focused growth in nodes along a transit corridor. They are recognized for their transit oriented approach to city building.
Our growth strategy also establishes nodes and corridors to accommodate higher densities, support transit, reduce congestion and protect stable neighborhoods. The downtown is a key part of this strategy. Our transit growth strategy has also been aligned with our growth strategy.