Originally Posted by Coldrsx
100% disagree. We have an opportunity here to do something different, something innovative, something leading edge. This was always a goal for this redevelopment. We want this to incorporate ideas, concepts and applications that are as much about viability and practicality as they are about pushing the envelope. This is about what could or can be...
If you want traditional, go to griesbach.
As long as the cost of these things are covered by the community (and not through a revenue redirect away from city general revenues like tax increment financing) I am fine with all this.
Co-Gen heat and electricity is likely close in costs to traditional setups, Calgary built a similar thing in the east village in Calgary, but with natural gas. I could see the Royal Alex and NAIT eventually tieing into the larger airport lands heat system when their invidual heat plants require replacement.
Not having garbage trucks isn't just about garbage, it is about streets. Streets can be much smaller, as long as the fire department is willing to budge on road requirements.
None of the things are even very leading edge. Japan uses the vac system for garbage in some developments, co-gen heat and power is common in Scadinavia.
When the developers talked about carbon neutral, I was worried impractical, expensive solar panels were going to be mandated. As long as the agrihoods don't lead to 'towers in a park' it isn't too 'hippy', lots of people who like to garden keep houses just for that reason.
It will be interesting to see if this community can be built without outsized subsidy (since we know what new suburbs are costing the city, could apply that amount to the airport lands).