Just a note to advise that I have decided to let my name stand for election as regional director for Area H. I could have complained about past events, but instead have decided to offer people in Area H an alternative to what presently exists.
Initially we will be advocating for the following:
Transparent governance – accountable to our constituents.
Reconvene an APC (Advisory Policy Committee) – Area H has not had an APC for more than a year. We will expand the role of the APC and recruit membership from all areas of the regional district.
Complete the work already underway on the existing OCP – Official Community Plan.
Lobby to maintain and improve our existing health care and hospital.
Advocate for sustainable agriculture.
Protect existing watersheds and recognize the need for quality water in the Similkameen.
We will develop a process to notify landowners of bylaw changes that affect land values. Currently the existing process is not adequate.
A transparent process will be in place to inform everyone how tax revenue is being invested in Area H, especially revenue from Copper Mountain mine and gas tax revenue.
A continuation and improvement of existing fire protection infrastructure.
Development of viable connections for public transportation to Penticton and Kelowna.
We support all artistic, cultural, and recreational activities in Area H. Truly, Area H and Princeton are an inclusive and multicultural community.
We will be advocating for improvements to Highway 3 and other auxiliary highways in the area. More traffic demands a safer highway structure.
Area H is the largest regional district in the province and we need to encourage people to live in the area and avoid people migrating because of a lack of amenities. I believe this is a wonderful community and it will take all of us doing our part to make Area H the healthy community we all want. I look forward to meeting and discussing our area and community in the weeks to come.