I understand that some residents are concerned about statements that were made at the recent Council meeting. Specifically, a member’s comments about “renters”. A member took issue with the fact that “renters” are providing their comments and opinions on the matter of Stable Neighbourhoods via the Town’s online survey (PlaceSpeak) and that as “renters” are “transient” they should not have a say when it comes to planning issues in our community.
Suffice to say, I do not agree with the member’s position. I did point out during the meeting that “renters” vote. Thus, they have a right to a say in how our Town is governed – including as it speaks to planning matters.
It should be noted that “renters” can run for and get elected to municipal Council. In fact member(s) of Aurora council have been “renters”. Clearly, the Municipal Act provides all residents with the same rights to participate in our democracy.
There is a recognized need for more affordable housing in Aurora – and in particular, purpose-built rental units. I believe, that we need to find ways to provide more housing options so that our seniors can “age in place”, folks can downsize without having to leave our community and young people have a place to live in the community that they have grown up in.
Everyone that lives in our Town is part of our community – whether you own a house or rent one..
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