Does governance matter? More than you may think.

Does governance matter? More than you may think.

I like clarity. My sense is that most people do. It’s important to ensure everyone has a common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes. Otherwise, there is a risk that things won’t get done when boundaries are unclear, or that management is both uncoordinated and inefficient. I think we need to improve clarity in Saanich in the following three veins:

(re)development + affordability in Saanich

(re)development + affordability in Saanich

What do these two topics have in common? Lots. Most discussions about affordability in the municipal context focus narrowly on social housing, and disregard the significant influence municipalities can exert – both passively and actively – on the cost of living. The good news is, we have lots of room for improvement in Saanich, and lots of tools at our disposal. Here are some of the approaches I will work to bring forward to Saanich Council.

My views on Saanich’s EDPA

The EDPA, or Saanich’s Environmental Development Permit Area, is intended to support biodiversity conservation in Saanich, and is top-of-mind for many voters in this by-election. It impacts over 2,000 private properties in our municipality. I’ve talked to many people on both sides of the issue and poured over several reports to approach it objectively and inform my thinking on how we should proceed.