St. John’s mayor predicts area will be in ‘sad, sad shape’ without regional co-operation

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St. John’s — The mayor of St. John’s says the metro area will be in trouble unless local governments agree to share more resources.

Addressing population growth projections recently commissioned by the city, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said the expected increase will put strain on the area that can be alleviated if municipalities work together better.

The projections, available on the city’s website at stjohns.ca, project the city growing from a population of 106,170 in 2011 to 114,649 in 2036, an increase of eight per cent.

In the census metropolitan area, the figures predict even greater population growth, from 202,533 in 2011 to 235,077 in 2036, an increase of 16.1 per cent.

“Half the population of this province will live in the St. John’s area,” said O’Keefe. “And if we don’t start changing our attitude toward sharing our road systems, sharing our recreation systems and doing more and more and more things together, then by 2036, we’re going to be in sad, sad shape.”

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  • Corporate Psycho
    August 12, 2014 - 18:22

    Time for the brownbaggers to start paying their way.

  • JD
    August 12, 2014 - 14:53

    Amalgamation. But not WITH St. John's..... Strip all the NE Avalon of the management of things like Waste, Water, Fire, even street clearing, and public transit and make one single NE Avalon entity that all coordinate through. This way everyone can have their little festivals and so forth.

  • JEROME
    August 12, 2014 - 09:07

    Maybe if the present council hadn't been on a spending spree for the last 10 yrs maybe we could afford the things we really need. Not half a million dollars a year for a communications department, or all the foolishness as Guy pointed out. The St. John's Board of Trade has even stated that the 8-9% increase in spending every year was not sustainable. More wants more, so they can spend more and then tax more.

  • JEROME
    August 12, 2014 - 09:06

    Maybe if the present council hadn't been on a spending spree for the last 10 yrs maybe we could afford the things we really need. Not half a million dollars a year for a communications department, or all the foolishness as Guy pointed out. The St. John's Board of Trade has even stated that the 8-9% increase in spending every year was not sustainable. More wants more, so they can spend more and then tax more.

  • Yes I live in St. John's
    August 12, 2014 - 08:00

    Now that the people from the Pearl had their say and ran down St. John's, my turn. Enough of the free ride! You use it you pay as simple as that.

  • JRM
    August 12, 2014 - 07:45

    Regional cooperation is key. Sadly, Mayor O'Keefe has a specific vision of how that cooperation should take place - amalgamation - and is not open to any other option.

  • Guy incognito
    August 12, 2014 - 07:37

    Maybe you shouldn't have wasted all that money on the idiotic bike lanes, harbour fences, skating loops, gazebos, and other luxury projects. Look around Doc, the city is already in sad sad shape. Doc and friends need to be put out to pasture.

  • McLovin
    August 12, 2014 - 06:46

    Doc only wants regional cooperation now because the City of St. John's NEEDS it to survive.

  • J
    August 12, 2014 - 06:06

    This is all well and good but the last thing the rest of us want is for St. John's to be running our municipalities. You only have to look at the state of the roads in St. John's, the snow on their sidewalks in the winter, the fact that they use a net to cover their garbage to realize that St. John's is not a very well run city. Haphazard comes to mind.