Running for Central Saanich Councillor
What would be your highest priorities in the next four years to reduce the total energy use and emissions from transportation?
I would lobby BC Transit for increased services on the 75 which would provide greater service to Brentwood Bay, Tanner Ridge and the Keating Business Park. I believe that increased bus service would make it a more viable transportation option. Residential growth within Central Saanich might also help to provide the necessary metrics in terms of population to trigger increased service through BC Transit.
Over the next 4 years, would you support increasing the space for walking, biking, and public transit and reducing that for private motor vehicles in your community? How would you do that?
No, I could not support that without first seeing a substantial increase in the public transit options for residents to provide the incentive to get them out of their cars.
Would you actively encourage the provincial government to prioritize public transit, walking and biking infrastructure over roadway expansion projects such as the proposed interchanges on the Pat Bay Highway?
No, I have been lobbying for safer highway access from Tanner Ridge and the Keating Business Park to the Pat Bay Highway since being elected in 2011. I still believe that we need to address the safety of those northbound intersections at Tanner Rd, Keating Cross Rd and East Saanich Rd for our residents, the businesses on Keating and for the thousands of tourists heading to Butchart Gardens.
Do you support making walking safer and more enjoyable in Central Saanich?
What specific policies, projects and expenditures would you support in the next four years to make walking safer and more pleasant in Central Saanich?
I would like to see the District establishing the next Multi Modal Transportation plan to identify and prioritize the next round of “mobility” projects for bike lanes, paths, etc. similar to what was achieved during the current term.
Do you support building a community-wide network of all ages and abilities (“AAA”) bike routes in the next four years?
I could not support without having a sense of the cost for such a project. I think a project such as this provides an opportunity to build on economies of scale by working in partnership with Saanich, North Saanich and Tsawout FN as a partnership of this magnitude might be more attractive to the provincial and federal governments.
Do you support upgrading Lochside Dr to a AAA bikeway?
No, as stated above, I cannot support the project without any sense of the costs. But as expressed above, I would be interested in partnering with Saanich, North Saanich and the Tsawout FN to look at a partnership that might help to secure provincial or federal grant funding.
Would you support completing the 24/7 bus lanes along the Douglas Street/Highway 1 corridor, as well as along other routes such as the Pat Bay Highway as a high priority for municipalities and the BC government in the next four years?
I’m not supportive of further public transit infrastructure growth downtown or on the Westshore until we see greater attention being given to the Saanich Peninsula by BC Transit.
Would you support keeping the E&N railway as a railway and actively campaign for electrified passenger and freight services?
Not without a thorough cost/benefit analysis to determine the economic viability of this project to help clarify minimum population standards to make the project viable.
Would you support and actively campaign for street-level electrified rapid transit in the greater Victoria region? If so, along what routes?
No, for the same rationale provided above.
In the next four years, would you support removing the requirements for off-street vehicle parking from new and infill developments?
No, not until we have seen reliable, increased public transit on the 75.
In the next four years, how, would you activate and bring more people into public spaces within your municipality, including sidewalks, public squares, streets and parks?
I would continue to encourage the free, community events we are seeing in Central Saanich such as Music in the Park, Play in the Park and Peninsula Country Markets. These events continue to grow in popularity and they are bringing a diverse collection of our residents (of all ages) together in Central Saanich.