United Conservative delegates are expressing their opposition to the concept of “15 Minute Cities” and any land use or development planning initiatives that would restrict residents’ movement. The Innisfail-Sylvan Lake UCP constituency proposed a resolution to prohibit such initiatives that would limit the rights and freedoms of residents as outlined in Section 6 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Conservative grassroots were jubilant as the nonbinding policy passed with overwhelming support at a party meeting. The policy resolution #12 acknowledges the goals of the “15 Minute Cities” concept, which aims to reduce long commutes, car emissions, and enhance people’s quality of life by having essential services within a short walk or bicycle ride from their homes.
However, the party members remain skeptical of the benefits and implications of these design strategies. They argue that city planners may defend the concept, but they do not buy into the idea that it will truly make cities more livable. They believe that restricting residents’ movement in this way is unnecessary and infringes upon their rights.
The proposal brought attention to a recently passed bylaw in Oxfordshire County, United Kingdom, which aims to limit excess movement between zones. Under the bylaw, people are allowed to freely drive within their own neighborhood but must apply for a permit to drive through filters and into other neighborhoods for a maximum of 100 days per year. Traffic camera filters are installed on major roads between zones to enforce these travel restrictions.
The United Conservative delegates’ resolution aims to prevent similar initiatives from being implemented in their constituency. They argue that such restrictions on movement would not only impede residents’ freedom but also hinder economic growth and development opportunities.
This issue has sparked a larger debate about the balance between reducing car dependence and preserving personal freedom. Proponents of the “15 Minute Cities” concept argue that it can contribute to a more sustainable and livable urban environment, while opponents believe that it goes against fundamental principles of personal freedom and mobility.
As of now, the resolution passed by the UCP constituency is nonbinding, meaning it does not have the force of law. However, it represents the stance of the party members and their desire to protect residents’ rights and freedoms. This is a developing story, and further discussions and actions may follow as the debate surrounding “15 Minute Cities” and movement restrictions continues.