Thank You West Vancouver!
My Campaign Platform:
We have a lot to be proud of in West Vancouver. When I first ran for office in 2011, I envisioned a more livable, more vibrant, and more engaged community. This vision brought results during my first term in office, and continued through my 2014 campaign, with work still to do this term.
MORE LIVABLE – Delivering vital services effectively, efficiently and sustainably
What is a livable community? It is one that delivers core services such as police, fire, water, and maintenance of roads and parks effectively, efficiently, and sustainably, by
- streamlining service costs,
- expanding revenues sources,
- encouraging internal and external collaboration, and
- fostering a positive corporate culture.
- new waterfront community garden & children’s playground at John Lawson Park
- 120 acres of new parkland around Whyte Lake
- new housing options for seniors and families
A VIBRANT COMMUNITY – Community members want more
But basic core services aren’t enough. I’ve heard from community members who want a more vibrant community:
- more activities for children and youth,
- more support and diversity of local business, and
- more entertainment and cultural attractions.
- new reinvigorated Ambleside Business Association
- planning begun for new Ambleside Youth Centre
- strong proponent of arts & culture, including a proposed Centre for Art, Architecture and Design
AN ENGAGED COMMUNITY- People are our greatest resource, let’s listen to them
The two most serious and complex issues for community members are
- Limited housing options (and density); and
- Transportation (and traffic).
Housing stock in West Vancouver consists of roughly 65% single detached, 25% apartments, and 10% townhomes or duplexes. Many empty-nesters want to downsize to turn-key, low maintenance residences; many seniors would like apartments with small gardens; and young adults are looking to return to West Vancouver in order to raise a family like their parents did. But there are limited housing options for all three groups. And this is not good for the community.
The Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character and Housing Working Group conducted a proactive consultative process, and made 20 constructive recommendations, yet many of those recommendations have still not been implemented. We must consider and respond to the work of this group in a respectful and timely fashion.
- new focused and understandable set of Council Priorities
- new refreshed, user-friendly community website and on-line civic engagement forum
- my quarterly newsletters to over 500 subscribers
Work Still To Do:
- targeted review of the Official Community Plan
- protect neighbourhood character and minimize impacts of new housing
- long-term traffic management and parking strategy
- new public safety building that meets our needs
- tree management on public and private lands
- develop a plan for long-term infrastructure renewal
- enhance our Town Centre
Echoing words from the report of the Neighbourhood Character and Housing Working Group,
“A unique community demands unique solutions. West Vancouver can and must rise to the challenge because a do-nothing approach will not keep it as the community we remember, we know today, and we want for the future”.
Authorized by Craig Campbell, financial agent, firstname.lastname@example.org