A Caring Community
Affordability is the number one issue for our next Council. We shouldn’t need to be millionaires to live in our small town. The Canadian Rental Housing Index recently declared our local rental market as “severely unaffordable.” I have a “Caring Community” plan of working together with governmental agencies, non-profit partners and our business community on shared goals to improve affordability, employment, economic development, safety and inclusion of all voices:
- Immediate review of our affordable housing/amenities policy to ensure we are leveraging enough from new developments to contribute their fair share in affordable housing.
- Support for a supportive housing project on the RCMP site, Sunshine Coast Affordable Housing Society proposals and a Cold Weather Shelter.
- Legalization of short-term rentals, but through regulation to protect and increase long-term rental stock.
- Exploration of an incentives program to create more secondary suites in Gibsons.
- Engagement of non-profits to work together on community goals such as intergenerational activities, culture and employment, and housing opportunities.
- Public meetings at Christenson Village and Harmony Hall to hear directly from seniors, and youth input through school visits or an ongoing “youth council.”
- Provisions in Town contracts for giving back to the community, including employment/training for under-employed residents.
- Monthly presentations to Council by local volunteer initiatives and social enterprises in a new format for conversation and brainstorming.
- Town recognition for community volunteers.
- Support for buying locally, local investing and promoting local-impact donations for those who can afford it to community amenities such as affordable housing.
- Work with our locally funded Regional Economic Development Organization (SCREDO) to improve employment and entrepreneurialism.
- Introduction of public art as a community benefit or “grant of assistance” priority.
- New criteria to emphasize “social impact” of organizations receiving tax exemptions, grants and contracts.
Care & Safety
- Greater Town support and promotion of Gibsons & District Fire Department as our community’s most vital volunteer commitment.
- Partnership with BC government, Capilano University and school district to address workforce attraction/retention and capacity challenges in our childcare facilities.
- Municipal engagement in solving the opioid crisis, which Vancouver Coastal Health classifies as “severe” on the Sunshine Coast.