Edmonton Votes 2017: New LRT route on agenda for Ward 1 in next council term
Incumbent Coun. Andrew Knack is running against three opponents
West Edmonton's Ward 1 stretches from Jasper Place and West Edmonton Mall in the south and is crowned by Anthony Henday Drive and Mark Messier Trail in the north.
The ward includes mature neighbourhoods, such as Crestwood, and new communities, such as Webber Greens, that lie outside the Henday.
While fewer than 12 per cent of residents take transit to work, that could soon change. The ward lies on the route of the western leg of the Valley Line LRT.. Current plans call for the line to run along 87th Avenue connecting Lewis Farms with downtown, and through to southeast Edmonton.
During the next council term, residents in the ward will be asked to provide input on the final designs for the line.
Irene Blain is president of the West Jasper/Sherwood Community League. She said there have been problems in her neighbourhood with damage to neighbouring properties by infill developers — and that's turning people off of the projects.
Blain said she would like to see council work on ensuring more inspectors are available to make sure developments are being built to code. Right now, she feels like she's filling that role.
"I have to go around — I just reported an excavation site that was not fenced," she said. "Communities are not against infill. They're against the fact that if infill goes in and it's not being built properly … it causes damage to adjacent properties. That's where they get concerned."
2016 municipal census statistics
Eligible voters: 51,522
Owns home: 51.4%
Rents home: 25%
Lived in home five years or more: 35.1%
Mainly drives to work: 74.8%
Takes transit to work: 11.8%
Main language other than English: Tagalog (4.4%)
Income under $30,000: 7.8%
Income $60,000 to $100,000: 12.6%
Children in preschool: 3.9%
Children from kindergarten to Grade 6: 5%
Interesting statistic: In the 2016 municipal census, 801 residents of Ward 1 said they walk to work.
Neighbourhoods: Secord, Rosenthal, Potter Greens, Webber Greens, La Perle, Belmead, Aldergrove, Meadowlark, Terra Losa, Glenwood, Jasper Park, Crestwood, Mayfield, Britannia Youngstown, Canora
Candidates: Randy Allen, Reuben Avellana, Andrew Knack (incumbent), Dave Olivier
CBC Edmonton's candidate survey responses:
Randy Allen, 53, has lived in Edmonton for 46 years
Family: single, one son
Credentials: strategic account manager for United Rentals; journalism diploma from MacEwan
Top issues: get city back on track with realistic use of taxpayers' dollars; upgrade roads and build LRT in west end
City's biggest challenge: traffic — Anthony Henday Drive should be expanded to ease congestion
Reuben Avellana, 34, has lived in the area for more than 20 years
Credentials: Bachelor's degree in computer science from U of A, technical writing at MacEwan, diploma in massage therapy
Top issues: bring sensible point of view to council; build LRT to west end; freeze taxes and fees
City's biggest challenge: fiscal responsibility
Andrew Knack, 33, has lived in Edmonton 16 years
Credentials: former retail manager; B. Comm, University of Alberta
Top issues: build new recreation centre and library; expand LRT to west end; expand roads; provide variety of housing choices in all communities
City's biggest challenge: 10-year municipal development plan
Dave Olivier has lived in Edmonton for 41 years
Family: three children
Credentials: runs a transportation company. Bachelor's degree in applied business — accounting; marketing management and accounting diplomas
Top issues: fiscal responsibility; public safety; infrastructure issues such as transit and recreation centres for new areas; infill for mature neighbourhoods
City's biggest challenge: fiscal responsibility. City needs to live within its means and not increase taxes beyond inflation
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With files from the CBC's Natasha Riebe