Passions and Priorities
I have lived in North Vancouver for almost 40 years. I serve on the City of North Vancouver City Council because I am committed to building a sustainable community for all of us to enjoy. Here are my passions and priorities:
- Engagement: Citizens need to be engaged in local government. The most important job of City Councillors is to increase engagement.
- Public Spaces: Public spaces are important for residents of all ages and means to enjoy. A health community is an active community. We need better recreation and wellness resources in the City.
- Fiscal Prudence: We should live within our means and respect the taxpayer. We should also make the most of our means, including our reserves. Available resources should be used to build assets that benefit all residents, not to subsidize special interest groups.
- Density: Major developments should bring benefits to the City. Carefully managed density can help us build a better City, but neighbourhoods need a voice and influence on decisions that have a direct effect on their quality of life and housing values.
- Amenities: These are the things that make a community attractive and contribute to its convenience, sometimes created by a partnership between a community and a private developer. Amenities from developers are paid for by increasing density, and there is only so much density that can be responsibly given away. Developer-paid amenities should benefit the community as a whole, not just a few special interest groups.