ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE SAFETY FIRST
● Preserving a healthy environment and protecting the natural beauty of the North Shore is the basis of our future growth process.
● Life safety and wellbeing cannot be compromised with re/development.
" I will make sure no one is forced to leave our community due to a redevelopment project. The people and businesses already here should be an integral part of any redevelopment."
● Enhanced updated infrastructure and community service development needs to keep pace with housing development.
" I strongly support creating incentives for developers with tax-cuts, as well as including the potential involvement of not-for-profit community-based organizations, and government on all levels.
I will ensure the financial sector is pitching in its fair share and getting us discounts and attractive deals that will dramatically lower the end-price of a house or a business. By building quickly, responsibly, and effectively, a diverse line of long-term purpose-built rental projects."
AFFORDABILITY: KEY FOR FUTURE GROWTH
● Developers will gain more by joining us all in making the North Shore more affordable.
● Assure new re/development permits' and plans' approval time is significantly cut, without compromising the environment and life safety.
" I will lead a true collaborative effort with all sectors: business, developers, finance, at all levels of government, and neighbouring municipalities.
To achieve true-affordability we seek win-win-win complementary solutions that are implemented across sectors, while prioritizing: Rental Only buildings, Tax Cuts, Social Non-profit Partnerships & Private investment."
INCREASED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
● Immediate expansion of public transportation options will cost us much less than keeping the gridlock.
● Alternate transportation options including waterways and airways to reduce the load on existing bridges should be considered.
● TransLink, the SkyTrain in particular, is long overdue in serving more effectively and efficiently the North Shore population.
● SeaBus routes and Express Bus Lanes should be added for peak-traffic hours. Long-haul shipping should be reserved for off-peak traffic hours.
● Using alternative energy vehicles (electric/solar powered cars, bicycles, buses, and trucks) would be widely encouraged and should be rewarded with tax-incentives and licensing discounts.
" A third crossing must be built. It does not, and very probably will not, be in the form of a bridge. And even more probably, there will need to be more than one new crossing in order to achieve a timely alleviation of current traffic congestion.
If at all, drivers and businesses need to be compensated, not charged more, for our inability to plan adequately and provide the solutions to traffic problems, before they come back to haunt us."
● Transparent, accountable local government need to liaise with community, businesses, and governments on every level, to encourage comprehensive, research-based proven solutions to our current issues.
● All three North Shore municipalities should collaborate on better planning and enhanced infrastructure.
" I will work tirelessly to ensure employees are motivated to live and work on the North Shore, approaching the situation intelligently, with a view towards financial viability.
By liaising with developers, the private sector and government on all levels, implement tax saving initiatives as well as financially-based programs which will reduce the cost of actually living and working on the North Shore."
● With diligent research and a fresh perspective, we can learn from the successes and failures of other communities that have faced similar housing affordability crises.
● The way to attract innovation is to actually act innovatively. Make the North Shore more affordably attractive for businesses and newcomers.
● We must change direction by thinking outside the box and implement more affordable housing and business options.
" I support allowing businesses to operate across the Lower Mainland and way beyond, while cutting the red tape and the expense associated with such a logical move.
A business that can’t operate here - due to affordability, red tape, and over taxation - will very likely find a better location to operate from."
Let's do it !