Ken's 3-point plan to maximize Esquimalt's potential

  

Esquimalt is an amazing community with a fantastic quality of life. I’m excited about how we can build on this to make sure that together we can seize the full potential of our community and everyone who lives here.

 

My three-point plan is all about actions that Township council could take to maximize Esquimalt’s potential and further improve the lives of our residents. This plan draws on my 25 years of successfully developing and implementing economic and social policies and programs in the provincial and federal public service, and what I have learned from residents and business owners as a volunteer in the community.

1. Grow Esquimalt’s Business Community

  • Support sustainable economic development so Esquimalt residents can get all the goods and services they need without having to cross a bridge
  • Hire a Township economic development officer to work with the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce to implement Esquimalt’s Economic Development Strategy
  • Look for ways to reduce taxes on Esquimalt's small businesses to encourage business to locate here
  • Intensify efforts to develop and beautify a commercial centre along Esquimalt Road, with a particular focus on new development opportunities
  • Look for ways to work with the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations for mutually beneficial business projects.
  • Open a regular dialogue with CFB Esquimalt to explore business partnership possibilities
  • Help Esquimalt parents work by exploring new ways to expand childcare spaces offered by local organizations. Planning for this would be done by a working group that includes council members, city staff, the school district, the health authority, local child care providers, parents and representatives from community
  • Support sports tourism and municipal pride by working with community partners to identify senior government and private funding for an all-weather community track and sports field at Esquimalt High School.

2. Smart Development for our Community

 

  • Support residential development projects that fit with their surrounding neighbourhood
  • Focus on the “missing middle” in housing options – the type of housing in between single-family homes and large multi-family residential complexes. This would include housing like dozen-unit buildings with a central courtyard for families to meet in and support each other
  • Support a more collaborative, predictable and respectful development process by having the developer, community members and city staff meet with a third-party facilitator (funded by the Township) at the start of the process, before development plans are finalized
  • Conduct a review of the development process with a view to streamlining the process and providing clear timelines for the process.

3. Esquimalt: Arts Capital of Vancouver Island


  • Work with the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations to explore opportunities to promote Indigenous arts and heritage
  • Look for ways to further support organizations such as the Township Community Arts Council (which hosts numerous successful events) and the Esquimalt Farmers Market (2017 Farmers Market of the year)
  • Utilize the Esquimalt Town Square, when finished, for art shows and art displays.

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Email Ken: armourken@gmail.com


Call Ken: (250) 999-9337