ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Murray Weisenberger

Candidate QandA with councillor candidate Murray Weisenberger

  • Oct. 31, 2014 3:00 p.m.

Murray Weisenberger

Occupation: Artisan woodworker.

Background:

I have been self employed since 1977.  I turned my attention to local politics in Surrey.

In the mid ‘70s  I was involved in the B.C. Food Co-op movement, eventually working as a co-ordinator at the central warehouse, Fed-UP Co-op Wholesale.

In 1976 I purchased a house with friends in Surrey. We bought a new place near Crescent Beach in 1979  with their two children arriving in ‘80 and ‘85. I started being more politically active in local issues.

I moved here in 2012.

1.  Why are you running for Council?

I think I can help.

Over the past 20 years, I have done the work to educate myself about the roles and issues involved in local government. I am prepared to do the job.

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

First, to improve the dynamics of council by building positive relationships. The goal is to help find consensus on difficult issues and raise the quality of debate.

Second, is to update the OCP.  Our OCP needs to be reviewed not rewritten.  Identifying Urban Containment Boundaries and finding  the best use of our limited  development opportunities are priorities.  Local Area Plans should be developed before projects are considered.  The goal is to diversify our population while protecting agriculture and our rural nature.

Third is to maintain fiscally responsibility while maintaining roads, drainage, sewers and adequate contingency funds. .

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

Local Area Planning for diverse housing options that are compatible with the Official Community Plan.

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

The balance that exists now is healthy, but will need engaged public consultation to maintain it.

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

Respect for diverse opinions, clear thinking about available facts and evidence, and a continuing aim to arrive at common ground.

 

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