The newly adopted Official Community Plan (OCP) has given us the framework to make decisions that will move us not only forward, but in the right direction.
The OCP consultations set the bar high for public engagement. This carries so much weight with me as it shows the policies in the OCP are what the people of Squamish have asked for. I will remain open to hearing all sides of any given issue as I make my mind up as to the best course of action.
In addition to the general OCP plan:
The reality about transportation is that it's future-oriented. If we're planning for what we have, we're behind the curve.
As a councillor it will be my job to work this community as a whole, along with my fellow councillors, to address the many complicated issues facing Squamish. Many of the challenges will also be best served with help from the SLRD, Provincial and Federal Governments their agencies and the private sector. Finding common ground, building communication, trust and, the best working relationships is what is needed to tackle these issues. These are a part of my skillset. I firmly believe people solve problems best when they work together. I aim to be a valuable member of the team as it takes 4 votes to get things done.
The follow though of these plans is what will get us to where we want to be. As much as the OCP is a "Living Document" and can be amended it has happened so frequently that it is almost disregarded by many applicants. This has to change. I will avoid amendments whenever possible and stick to our land use plans. It needs to be known that Squamish sticks to it's plans!
Please email me, I'd love to hear how we can work together to make Squamish better!