Black Press Media is reaching out to all candidates running for Peachland Council in the 2022 mayoral election, asking for their response to three specific community issues, along with a fun question. Responses will be posted in the order in which they are received.
Mike Kent – council candidate
If elected, how do you think the council should manage the growth and development of the district?
I believe that Peachland should update the Official Community Plan and related documents every five years to ensure they accurately reflect the community’s current vision. I also believe in the development of Growth Management Strategies to examine policies and planning for the orderly and appropriate growth of the District, as identified by residents in the Official Community Plan.
This is an important conversation that residents need to be part of. I believe in community engagement so that all residents have the opportunity to provide feedback that will help shape future growth management strategies and Peachland’s approach to growth in the years to come.
In your opinion, what is the responsibility of councils to help provide accessible and affordable housing for residents of Peachland?
I believe it is the responsibility of Peachland Council to recognize that affordable/accessible housing is imperative to the social and economic health of the entire community. City council should ensure that there are a variety of housing options that meet the housing needs of a wide variety of community members at varying income levels. This can be achieved through careful planning and building collaborative relationships with the development community.
What actions do you think the council could take to manage traffic flows on Highway 97 and road infrastructure in Peachland?
I strongly believe that the Peachland City Council should continue to work to ensure the community is not divided by a four-lane expansion of the freeway through Peachland and a preferred alternate route is constructed. I support the continued lobbying of the Department of Transportation, Highway Infrastructure (MOTI) to implement much needed safety improvements along Highway 97. I want to see new lights installed along our stretch of the Highway 97 to accompany improved intersections. The city council must work to ensure that the improvements promised by MOTI arrive in a timely manner.
Who is your favorite Okanagan celebrity and why?
I’m a huge hockey fan, so any past or present NHL player has to be my pick. Watching hockey has brought me so many moments of pleasure and pain. Yes, I’m a Canucks fan.
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