Policy Platform Document - Trevor4saanich 2018 - councillor candidate

Welcome to the “Policy Doc”

Here is where you will find:

Values/Topics are the broad categories under which the Ideas/Initiatives span.

I do this because I don’t believe I fall into traditional “ideological” buckets. In some cases, I can be ostensibly Libertarian and simultaneously quite Green. Other times, I can seem both “lefty” and “socially conservative” in the same paragraph. Et Cetera.

(I purport to never be conservative without being “progressive” & “with a conscience” ;
I prefer to cite “British collectivism” vs “Marx/socialism” ; #50shadesofgreen? I used to say I was “teal” (but I guess that would be confusing this election, eh!), so what do you call a mix of “new green” + “red tory” + “blue grit”? Certainly not “brown”... “purple”?)

Therefore, it should come as no great surprise that

  1. I don’t believe in ideology nor partisanship at the local government level; and
  2. I want to focus this election/campaign on POLICIES, NOT PERSONALITIES.

You can “click and browse” between the two levels, too, which you may enjoy doing!

e.g. VALUE = Equity… under which you find an IDEA = “No Ugly Signs”...

 This policy idea is listed, then described with respect to the respective value (Equity)

 But, you can click on the IDEA to jump down the document to the spot where it lives: “No Ugly Signs” policy idea is described in full detail, including description boxes for each Value under which is spans, and how-so.

 Ergo, now you find that...
... IDEA = “No Ugly Signs” also deals with, links to → VALUE = Transportation…

Now stop reading this intro page and dive in!

Cheers,

~Trevor4saanich


VALUES / TOPICS

VALUES (often called “buzzwords”) are the 3-5 headlines you read across all the different candidates’ materials, myself included. However, what I attempt to do for you, herein, is provide details, examples, and cross references between the elements of essentially what you are voting for when electing me as a decision-maker and motion-raiser at Council.

“Small business friendly”, “Innovation”, “Community/Local”, “Independent”... these are also buzzwords that you hear me use a lot, but don’t function as categorical [sub]titles in this document: they are simply baked in!

TOPICS is just another way to say the same thing, and categorise in the same manner, except that “Equity” sounds more like a value, and “Transportation” like a topic. Regardless, these categories are not mutually exclusive, e.g. “Affordability” includes mobility (which is kind of a policy wonk term for the ransportation). #ClearAsMud?... honestly, don’t worry about it.

List of Values/Topics:

List of Ideas/Initiatives: ● Beer/Wine Picnic ● Term Limits ● No Ugly Signs ● ● ● SmallBiz Seat ● #OpenData  ● Consistent Dev Matrix ● Carbon Price ● ● ● Regional Transportation Authority ● ● No Wards ● De-couple Parking ● ● Housing as a Human Right  ● Water as a Human Right ● Top Councillor becomes Mayor

+Dads should have access to baby change stations in men’s washrooms the same as moms do in women’s washrooms: Parks/rec, shopping malls, etc.

Unisex/family capacity improvements = even better!!


Equity [i.e. Fairness, Economic-efficiency]

Not to be confused with “home equity”, which does get raised here, and also in “Affordability

Equity is about treating people fairly. It is not the same thing as equality. Equity accounts for the differences in baseline scenarios: e.g. privilege, family-context, future resource requirements, etc.
e.g. #intergenerationalinequity:
Millennials as a generation have started out with a short stack: housing+transportation affordability crisis, infrastructure deficit, and a changing climate system putting demands on our resources and challenge opportunities on our economy.
e.g. #intraregionalinequity: while Victoria shoulders more than their fair share of the cost of policing for the region, Saanich hosts and pays for the lion’s share of regional public infrastructure, like roads, that everybody else uses, especially Langford.

Trevor’s economic approach (including demand-side management) to public policies begins with attempting to level the playing field, for all those things considered basic. e.g. pick a tax or service (property tax, water utility, road usage, parking, rec centres…), then imagine that we monitored the consumption of this selected thing, but that the basic amount (e.g. $500/yr worth of parking) was given to each citizen for free, with anything over that threshold bearing an appropriately high marginal cost.

Consistent, values-based prioritisation/decision matrix for Devs

With respect to Equity

  • It’s unfair that a developer has to spend inordinate amounts of money preparing for development processes that may never lead to “yes”
  • “Yes” or “no”, these costs are passed down to consumers
  • ...with relatively little “trickle down” benefits to local commerce/society
  • Using my system (or at least something similar), developers would know in advance what to focus their efforts on before submitting to Council (or not!).
  • Consistency brings about “Market Confidence” in proposals. #Fairness
  • In this way, the “ad hoc” is removed from the decision making process, along with the financial liability risks of councillors’ whims changing with the wind.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • Equity - Affordability - Sustainability - Governance

choices
- Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - -

No Ugly Signs

With respect to Equity

Election Signs are inequitable because:

  • Nobody else is allowed to advertise on public lands; so why do politicians get to break this rule for a few months every year or so?
  • Signs cost a lot of money, time, resources… representing a barrier-to-entry for new candidates. (And after [the wonderful] #BanBigMoney rule-changes, this inequity is exacerbated between rookie and return/incumbent contestants)
  • Meanwhile, on private land… there is a significant bias endemic to lawn signs: i.e. landowners with lawns (not the reality for many, nor future, residents) have a disproportionate impact on who gets elected.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • Equity -

choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety -  Governance - Affordability

Housing as a Human Right

With respect to Equity

  • A threshold amount of access to housing, e.g. $100,000 in assessment value, per primary resident, is exempted from property taxes (in selected zones).
  • Those who downsize and live simply, pay much fewer property taxes.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

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choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

Water as a Human Right

With respect to Equity

  • A threshold amount of residential water, e.g. 10,000 Litres per year, is provided to every Saanichite, free of charge.
  • Those who do well to conserve, fall below, never pay water utility.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

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choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

No Ward System

With respect to Equity

  • Avoiding FPTP ward elections is demonstrated in the research to elect a higher diversity of views, thereby supporting equity considerations in public policy design;
  • It is more equitable to potential candidates seeking election to council when the system is not skewed toward fewer, polarised, candidates.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • 1
  • 2

choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

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Affordability
[incl. Housing/Mobility]

Intro description

FROMIGG

Economics, Affordability

Consistent, values-based prioritisation/decision matrix for Devs

With respect to Affordability

  • ...

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • Equity - Affordability - Sustainability - Governance

choices
- Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety -

De-couple Parking from Residency in New Developments

With respect to Affordability...

  • Because having access to a parking spot is optional, the cost of HOUSING goes down, supporting affordability.
  • Because demand for more sustainable alternatives to personal transportation rises, the economies of scale support more attractive, accessible and affordable trips on transit, etc.

...


Sustainability
[incl. Climate, Environment, Energy, Farms]

Intro description

FROM IGG

Cap-and-Trade style system of allowance, compliance credits, land trading, etc., with respect to ALR/A-zoning, UCB/sewerage area, et cetera* -- across the region.

$35-$50/tCO2e Internal Corporate Price on Carbon

With respect to Sustainability

  • ...

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

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choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

Consistent, values-based prioritisation/decision matrix for Devs

With respect to Sustainability

  • By making development more streamlined (economically efficient) and less expensive (and/or providing more local amenity/benefit), Financial Sustainability is supported.
  • Furthermore, this market certainty in business decision-making for investors will support reduced “economic leakage” to the westshore, thus mitigating induced regional externalities, such as sprawl and greenhouse gases.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • Equity - Affordability - Sustainability - Governance

choices
- Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety -

De-couple Parking from Residency in New Developments

With respect to Sustainability...

  • Because demand for more sustainable alternatives to personal transportation rises, the economies of scale support more attractive, accessible and affordable trips on transit, etc.

...


Governance
[i.e. Accountability, Transparency]

Intro description

FROM IGG

Support both "other questions" this fall:

Moreover, the CRD and member municipalities should continue to discuss stronger Regional Growth Strategy, Transportation/Transit Authority;

Councillors are assigned community associations (and other similar stakeholder groups) on a rotating basis

Term Limits (or Salary Reductions) on Councillors

With respect to Governance

  • ...

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

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choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

Local Business Seat on Council

With respect to Governance

  • ...

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • 1
  • 2

choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability


No Ward System (even if we amalgamate)

With respect to Governance

  • Avoiding FPTP ward systems ensures more direct accountability between voters and decision makers, because every ballot counts

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

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choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

Regional Transportation Authority (incl. transit, smartgrowth)

With respect to Governance

  • ...

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • 1
  • 2

choices
Sustainability - Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety - Equity - Governance - Affordability

Consistent, values-based prioritisation/decision matrix for Devs

With respect to Governance

  • There are two schools of thought on this one, because I am suggesting that councillors have less opportunity to “vote with their conscience”.
  • But I believe the overall impact has the pros outweighing the cons
  • e.g. Councillors will have campaigned on their prioritised values, developer proponents can cite these values when submitting and presenting, and the voter gets a stronger sense of what they choose, and consistent performance management ability to hold those councillors accountable.
  • It elevates the discussion and dialogue to focus more on actual policy.

Links to other VALUES/TOPICS:  

  • Equity - Affordability - Sustainability - Governance

choices
- Parks & Public Space - Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety -

...


Parks & Public Space

Intro description

FROM IGG:

[Following from Beer/Wine Picnics]...

AND WHEREAS Food Trucks are local biz that face way too many restrictions, e.g. cannot pay an hourly rate to operate at parks;

AND WHEREAS folks at 4:20pm at the park are hungry, and have no restaurant options nearby;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

The District move swiftly and decisively toward ending the ridiculous practice of banning food trucks from public parks “except during sanctioned Saanich P&R events”.

BONUS:  events endorsed by “smart” community association should have rent/insurance costs waived.
#FreeTheParks
BONUS:  All parks that host Music in the Park, or some other large annual Saanich, CA, or rental event (e.g. volleyball/soccer) must contain ample & convenient Bicycle Parking
Tags
#parks  #recreation  #liquor  #cannibis  #backyard  #business
#millennial  #bylaw  

BONUS:  limited election signage on civic property, including public parks, rights-of-way, etc. (in other words, no ugly signs, local/prov/fed alike, except on private lawns and in designated areas)

Candidate Trevor Barry (much like Vic Derman his first time out, and others too) considers this practice outdated and an eyesore, and he will not purchase nor place any “vote for me” signs that litter the public realm.

...

Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety 
[incl. Roads, Utilities, Police, Fire, Homelessness...]

Intro description

$500 worth free per year, after that, it’s gonna cost ya!

FROM IGG

De-couple Parking from Residency in New Developments

With respect to Transportation...

  • By making parking available on a user-pay basis in new developments, some owners/tenants will choose to save the money, spend it elsewhere in the economy.
  • Reducing the culture of vehicle ownership and auto-dependency
  • Supporting car shares, active transportation, induced smart growth
  • Therefore: reducing congestion for everybody else (and thus decreasing the pressure to spend capital/maintenance $$ on roads)
  • A legitimate concern of spillover parking into neighbourhoods exists, and can be assuaged through #SmartSaanich Paid-Parking, TDM (DSM).



IDEAS / INITIATIVES

VALUES (often called “buzzwords”) are the 3-5 headlines you read across all the different candidates’ materials, myself included. However, what I attempt to do for you, herein, is provide details, examples, and cross references between the elements of essentially what you are voting for when electing me as a decision-maker and motion-raiser at Council.

“Small business friendly”, “Innovation”, “Community/Local”, “Independent”... these are also buzzwords that you hear me use a lot, but don’t function as categorical [sub]titles in this document: they are simply baked in!

TOPICS is just another way to say the same thing, and categorise in the same manner, except that “Equity” sounds more like a value, and “Transportation” like a topic. Regardless, these categories are not mutually exclusive, e.g. “Affordability” includes mobility (which is kind of a policy wonk term for transportation). #ClearAsMud?... honestly, don’t worry about it.

List of Ideas/Initiatives:


No Ugly Signs

Election Signs do three things:
1. Remind people that an election is coming, engaging them in their democracy

2. Promote the names of candidates seeking election, and for which position

3. Cost money to erect and occupy public/private lands, also taking up visual space.

#1 above is laudable, so too is the latter half of #2. However, both of these goals can be - and often are - achieved by other means: such as websites, newspapers, info boards at libraries, rec centres, etc., or perhaps even limited signage on public land by the municipality itself.  Moreover, promotion of NAMES rather than IDEAS seems a tad superficial and not especially helpful to promoting engaged discussion in democracy!

#3 begs the issue of life-cycle assessment: resources, energy, labour… with environmental impacts, not to mention livability, road safety, etc.

With respect to Equity

Election Signs are inequitable because:

  • Nobody else is allowed to advertise on public lands; so why do politicians get to break this rule for a few months every year or so?
  • Signs cost a lot of money, time, resources… representing a barrier-to-entry for new candidates. (And after [the wonderful] #BanBigMoney rule-changes, this inequity is exacerbated between rookie and return/incumbent contestants)
  • Meanwhile, on private land… there is a significant bias endemic to lawn signs: i.e. landowners with lawns (not the reality for many, nor future, residents) have a disproportionate impact on who gets elected.

With respect to Sustainability...

Election Signs are bad for the environment because: (and please forgive how obvious this is)

  • Materials (often petroleum-based) and other resources must be extracted/sourced
  • Transportation and other energy-inputs (often with environmental impacts like pollution) must occur to “deliver” these products
  • Human resources (with impacts/tradeoffs on energy, food, labour, time) must be spent
  • The presence of signage may have detrimental impacts on the local ecology/habitat
  • Non-reusable components of signs have “downstream” (e.g. waste) impacts, and even the reusable parts will eventually need to be disposed.

With respect to Parks & Public Space...

Election Signs use public space in ways that many residents and users find distracting, annoying… disrupting their walk, their landscaping job, their photography, their business advertising, etc.

Public space should be used to enhance the public realm and support healthy lifestyles and placemaking: there is little evidence that the ubiquity of monotonous signage does anything but detract from the sense of place we wish to ascribe to these spaces.

With respect to Transportation, Infrastructure & Public Safety...

Election Signs cause a visual distraction (and visibility reduction) to motorists and other road users.

Erecting and removing these signs also puts those volunteers (and their side-of-the-road vehicles) in danger in high-risk road locations.

Additionally, wayfinding can become difficult when landmarks are obscured by signage.

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

...Moving toward a future without a preponderance of ugly signs.


Consistent, values-based prioritisation/decision matrix for Devs

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • It’s unfair that a developer has to spend inordinate amounts of money preparing for development processes that may never lead to “yes”
  • “Yes” or “no”, these costs are passed down to consumers
  • ...with relatively little “trickle down” benefits to local commerce/society
  • Using my system (or at least something similar), developers would know in advance what to focus their efforts on before submitting to Council (or not!).
  • Consistency brings about “Market Confidence” in proposals. #Fairness
  • In this way, the “ad hoc” is removed from the decision making process, along with the financial liability risks of councillors’ whims changing with the wind.

With respect to Sustainability

  • By making development more streamlined (economically efficient) and less expensive (and/or providing more local amenity/benefit), Financial Sustainability is supported.
  • Furthermore, this market certainty in business decision-making for investors will support reduced “economic leakage” to the westshore, thus mitigating induced regional externalities, such as sprawl and greenhouse gases.

With respect to Governance

  • There are two schools of thought on this one, because I am suggesting that councillors have less opportunity to “vote with their conscience”.
  • But I believe the overall impact has the pros outweighing the cons
  • e.g. Councillors will have campaigned on their prioritised values, developer proponents can cite these values when submitting and presenting, and the voter gets a stronger sense of what they choose, and consistent performance management ability to hold those councillors accountable.
  • It elevates the discussion and dialogue to focus more on actual policy.

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:


No Ward Systemhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/673159759451875/permalink/1527079930726516/?comment_id=1527121354055707&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D

In the face of amalgamation with Victoria, yes and no camps alike will raise the idea -- common in Canadian cities -- to put together a “ward system”, ostensibly in order to preserve distinction of Saanich [neighbourhoods].

Whereas the current system of electing councillors, known as “plurality-at-large” usually boasts independent and collaborative councillors, ward systems that presumably would only elect one representative per geographic “district” (i.e. first-past-the-post) run the risk of producing a political culture that’s divisive, polarising, and partisan.

I am a strong advocate for supporting independent candidates (at all levels of government) and believe that political parties have no business in locally elected councils.  Moreover, if any changes in how we elect councillor candidates in Saanich/Victoria is to be examined, I would support ranked balloting, e.g. STV, as a way to enhance proportionality and diversity of perspectives and experience, because government is at its best when it best reflects the diversity of demographics and views that it represents.

Plurality-at-Large and/or ranked ballots (e.g. STV) could also be used to directly elect [separately-nominated] CRD Directors.  In this case, one could argue such a system starts to resemble a ward system (i.e. subdivided geographical representation), which is okay when each “district” elects multiple representatives.

As for the Mayor’s Chair, barring other ideas, a FPTP ballot for this position is not terribly problematic - but could still be improved by way of, e.g. ranked ballot like STV.

With respect to Equity

  • Avoiding FPTP ward elections is demonstrated in the research to elect a higher diversity of views, thereby supporting equity considerations in public policy design;
  • It is more equitable to potential candidates seeking election to council when the system is not skewed toward fewer, polarised, candidates.

With respect to Governance

  • Avoiding FPTP ward systems ensures more direct accountability between voters and decision makers, because every ballot counts.

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

Bonus: from July/Aug Whitepaper...

Protect and enhance city elections’ Proportional Representation

WHEREAS following the civic elections, B.C. will mail-in referendum ballots indicating their support for replacing FPTP/SMM with PR, and which form(s) of PR they prefer;
(FPTP/SMM = First Past The Post / Single-Member Majoritarian; PR = Proportional Representń)

AND WHEREAS many opine that civic elections are the last bastion of non-partisan elections with independent candidates;

AND WHEREAS the same would likely agree there is nothing wrong with FPTP for Mayor;

AND WHEREAS continuing to use Plurality-at-Large for Councillors provides more proportional (and less partisan/polarising) results than would a ward system;

AND WHEREAS replacing this system for a form of ranked balloting, such as STV, may provide even more proportional results for council elections, and likely without impacting the style of the ballot, or the non-partisan culture (such as it exists in Saanich/CRD);

(STV = Single Transferable Vote)

AND WHEREAS this 2018 civic election will include another “amalgamation” question sending a message to the District of Saanich, the City of Victoria, and the Province, regarding “governance” and “integration” in the urban core communities of the Capital Region on south Vancouver Island.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The District of Saanich remain steadfastly opposed to any form of a ward system being introduced into civic elections; and to consider opportunities for implementing STV.

Councillor Trevor Barry’s approach:

  • Work with the committee(s) struck following the “amalgamation/integration/governance” question result on the subsequent study to illuminate the drawbacks of a ward system (de-facto FPTP/SMM) and examine the benefits of opportunities for introducing (optional) ranking on the ballot forms for electing councillors, school board trustees, and other at-large representatives, e.g. Capital Regional District board.
  • Likewise, work with the UBCM and the Province to amend the Local Government Act and related laws, as necessarily, to implement changes as per above, and below!
  • Ward system bad.  PR good.  (Except for Mayoral candidates, where FPTP is good).
  • Ranked ballots best.  Non-partisan best.
  • MOREOVER
  • I would support system design choices that:
  • (a) support independent voices over slates.
  • (b) support new voices over incumbents.

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#OpenData

INTRO

FROM IGG:

Open Information for Government and Business Transparency

(Stay tuned: "Smart Saanich Programme" of opt-in connected services, business opportunities, consumer discounts, community engagement... also part of "sustainability")

With respect to Equity

  • Since many/most equity issues in public policy stem from a lack of understanding, anything that empowers greater awareness and access to contextual information can support identifying the causes of inequity and help provide insight into how to fix them.

With respect to Governance

  • #OpenData empowers greater accountability by

With respect to Sustainability…

  • #OpenData supports financial sustainability in two main ways:
  • Enables more intelligent analysis of corporate operations to illuminate ways to achieve outcomes.
  • Empowers concerned citizens, journals, researchers, academics (the braintrust of Saanich) to observe/monitor/analyse local issues, thus crowdsourcing solutions (through app development and simple observation) that would usually be left for expensive consultants and staff to take care of.

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

Corporate Carbon Price

$35-$50/tCO2e Internal Corporate Price on Carbon

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

  • ...

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

FROM IGG

Saanich internal price on carbon should rise to $35/tCO2e and remain parallel with a growing BC Carbon Tax or Federal backstop. #ClimateAction


Term Limits (or Salary Reductions) on Councillors

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

  • ...

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

General Description

FROM IGG:

e.g. 'minimum' = $1/year per vote received during previous election


Local Business Seat on Council

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

  • ...

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

General Description

_candidates must be: CRD resident [5yr+],
_… Saanich/eq biz licence holder [5yr+],
_… [licence-associated 25%+ part] owner of small business with HQ in Saanich

_… [

_electors for this one seat must:

_… hold saanich-based biz licence [2yr+]

_… be CRD resident [5yr+]

FROM IGG
A
council seat for business licence holders

Perks/support/grants to Community Associations who do likewise


Regional Transportation Authority

(incl. transit, smartgrowth)

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

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SUGGESTED RESPONSE:

General Description

FROM IGG:

Take over provincial transportation assets

→ including: Saanich/CRD/RTA take over from the Province’s highways department, everything south of McKenzie:

+related lands surrounding Uptown/Switchbridge/Transit, incl. Regina Park


De-couple parking

...from residency in new developments.

INTRO

With respect to Transportation...

  • By making parking available on a user-pay basis in new developments, some owners/tenants will choose to save the money, spend it elsewhere in the economy.
  • Reducing the culture of vehicle ownership and auto-dependency
  • Supporting car shares, active transportation, induced smart growth
  • Therefore: reducing congestion for everybody else (and thus decreasing the pressure to spend capital/maintenance $$ on roads)
  • A legitimate concern of spillover parking into neighbourhoods exists, and can be assuaged through #SmartSaanich Paid-Parking, TDM (DSM).

With respect to Affordability…  Sustainability

  • Because having access to a parking spot is optional, the cost of HOUSING goes down, supporting affordability.
  • Because demand for more sustainable alternatives to personal transportation rises, the economies of scale support more attractive, accessible and affordable trips on transit, etc.

SUGGESTED RESPONSE:


TITLE IDEA

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

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SUGGESTED RESPONSE:


Top Councillor becomes Mayor

This is a just a great idea worth exploring.

Basically, during local elections, Council candidates would run to fill NINE seats. They would indicate whether-or-not they would be willing to serve as Mayor.

On the ballot, voters would mark up to NINE candidates (however that is done*).

The Top Winning Candidate, if they indicated “yes” to “willing to be Mayor” would be offered the Mayoralty. If they accepted the chair, great; if not, the next highest/eligible candidate would be offered, and so on.

In this way, you don’t end up with a “losing candidate” that would have otherwise served council well; the corollary is that running for mayor comes with the added commitment to serve as councillor if you are not the top pick.

*this could be done as we do today, Plurality-at-Large,
(but it could also be combined with other electoral reform improvements to proportional representation, e.g. STV/ranked voting on ballots)
(also, this process logic could also be used to determine CRD directors)

With respect to Equity

  • I...

With respect to Governance

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SUGGESTED RESPONSE:


Beer/Wine at a Picnic

INTRO

FROM IGG

FROM JULY

WHEREAS Saanich Parks are beautiful community amenities that need to be even more accessible to our citizens;

AND WHEREAS many current citizens (especially millennials) and most future citizens will not be “homeowners with a backyard”, and thus require alternative “BYOB BBQ” locations;

AND WHEREAS 17 October 2018 is “Cannabis Day” in Canada and B.C. local governments will be downloaded responsibility to regulate recreational use on civic property using bylaws;

AND WHEREAS the consumption of beer, wine, and similar retail liquor products is objectively less offensive to passers-by than the pungent use of marijuana;

AND WHEREAS federal law regarding “open alcohol” under the Criminal Code of Canada provides exemption to provincially regulated behaviours;

AND WHEREAS the 2015 amendments to the Liquor Control & Licensing Act in B.C., following engagement with UBCM, enhanced the pre-existing ability for local governments to permit the carrying and consumption of liquor in public parks through bylaw: “...a public place, or part of it, may be designated, by a bylaw… must contain the hours during which liquor may be consumed” (sec 73)... and LCLA Regulation 197 further stipulates… “post signs… boundaries… hours... “.

AND WHEREAS planning for a good BBQ never precludes beer, and planning for a good picnic never precludes wine;

AND WHEREAS none of the above precludes Saanich Police issuing fines for public intoxication

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT

The District of Saanich pass amendments to bylaws that will permit the responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages in Saanich Parks (and other public places under their jurisdiction) at specific times and places, under certain conditions.

Councillor Trevor Barry’s approach:

#parks  #recreation  #liquor  #cannibis  #backyard  #business  #millennial  #bylaw

With respect to Equity

  • Many current and most future residents of Saanich do own their own backyard, and/or cannot have BBQs.  The public park is their de facto yard.
  • Therefore, it’s only equitable to modernise our rules about using parks to match the growing demand to use them for a wider set of activities.

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Housing as a Human Right

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • A threshold amount of access to housing, e.g. $100,000 in assessment value, per primary resident, is exempted from property taxes (in selected zones).
  • Those who downsize and live simply, pay much fewer property taxes.

<<ditto as water>>

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Water as a Human Right

INTRO

With respect to Equity

  • A threshold amount of residential water, e.g. 10,000 Litres per year, is provided to every Saanichite, free of charge.
  • Those who do well to conserve, fall below, never pay water utility.

With respect to Sustainability

  • An appropriately high marginal cost is applied thereafter, sufficient to incent water conservation as desired, but also within the [parabolic elasticity] “sweet spot” price range to ensure revenue-neutrality across the system.

With respect to Affordability

  • Most folks (the mean average, ordinary folks) would see their annual utility charges stay the same, unless and until they followed the incentive to save money.

With respect to Governance (transparency)…

  • #OpenData would support this additional work, via crowdsourced solutions.

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#EQUITY

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#TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC SAFETY

NEW BRAINSTORMING EXERCISE - draft in progress ~T~

Liquor

Sustainable Saanich

Amalgamation

Demand-Side Management Economics APPROACH

UBCM / PROV

Transportation

Transit

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