City Council also voted for two very interesting motions to reduce flooding, which has been a particular problem in parts of our riding.
One motion asks city staff to study a stormwater tax—which, if you think about it, is a rain tax. But it’s a super idea!
The trouble is that large, paved surfaces push much rainwater into the sewers. Right now, water users are charged for stormwater management, even though the water you use has nothing at all to do with how big your parking lot is. The motion introduced by Mike Layton will ask city staff to study taxing hard surface areas like parking lots. Councillor Frances Nunziata voted in favour. The motion narrowly carried.
A second motion, proposed by Nunziata, asks city staff to study naturalizing the Black Creek Channel.
The Black Creek was ‘channelized’ in the middle of the 20th century—meaning the river was replaced with a concrete channel instead of a natural environment.
The TRCA says that “while providing some riverine flood remediation benefits, [channels] do not fully protect the area from riverine flooding.”
Nunziata’s motion asks staff to consider “alternative design options for the Rockcliffe Riverine Flood Mitigation Project… and report on its findings.”