ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Craig Mearns

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Craig Mearns

  • Fri Oct 31st, 2014 8:00am
  • News

Craig Mearns

Occupation: Semi-retired. Currently president of the family business.

Background:

• Third generation Victorian

• Attended Oak Bay High and University of Victoria

• Resident of the Peninsula for 38 years and farmed for 25 years.

• Experienced businessman, managed a local forest products company.

• Served four years on council.

1.  Why are you running for Council?

It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you on council for the last four years. I want to continue  to be an advocate for residents who find themselves impacted by North Saanich being one of the most overregulated rural communities in British Columbia, and to continue the work we have done over the last three years to keep North Saanich spending under control.

2.  What are your top three issues to tackle, if elected?

• Carry out a review of the OCP

• Protect homeowners from costly and restrictive regulations

• Keep taxes low, ensure respect for every tax dollar.

3.  What are your priorities for housing policy in North Saanich?

Any new housing should be appropriate to the neighbourhood and not impact the rural areas of North Saanich.

Ensure housing for an inclusive community, especially housing for downsizing seniors to allow them to remain in North Saanich.

4.  What are your thoughts on industrial, residential and agricultural balance in North Saanich?

It is important that we protect the rural/agricultural atmosphere of North Saanich, but there are areas that we can utilize for industry and housing that do not impact that.

I believe we can have housing for an inclusive community and a strong industrial area for fiscal stability  in appropriate areas without impacting the rural agricultural areas.

5.  What can residents expect of your behaviour on council this term?

I will act like an adult, giving others the respect I expect from them.