ELECTION 2014: Candidate QandA with Peter Miller

Candidate QandA with mayoral candidate Peter Miller

  • Oct. 31, 2014 7:00 p.m.
Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Occupation: Semi-retired. Part-time investment counsellor

Background: Formerly employed by the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch for 33 years, advancing to management positions. Participated in a leadership role on special projects throughout B.C.

Spearheaded a group in Vancouver to save 17 heritage homes. And was a citizens representative in regards to a new transportation plan in Burnaby.

Currently volunteers for Beacon Community Services Society two days a week.

1.  Why are you running for Council?

To provide what I believe is needed for the District of North Saanich residents: strong leadership skills that will work cooperatively with all elected councillors, providing a respectful, businesslike atmosphere.

I’d work hard to provide direction with the cooperation of staff and all council members, timely constructive meetings — dealing with the business of the day in a timely, respectful, common sense manner.

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

• Review the current Official Community Plan in a cost-effective process, to be completed within a four to six month time frame.

• Balancing the needs of all aspects of the community — residential, agricultural and industrial/business, starting with a properly-prepared business plan for the Sandown lands.

• Balanced budgets, in addition to making sure that all the amenity funds that are being received by the District through current developments are handled effectively for the benefit of all residents.

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

A clear housing policy developed, with input from residents, industrial/business and agricultural taxpayers that will offer some controlled growth in their preferred areas.

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

Balance, balance, balance — to be an inclusive district. This is what will be my priority agenda.

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

Proven leadership skills that will bring a fair, new voice that has a great interest in promoting the District of North Saanich as a “special paradise” that is building for future generations to live, work and enjoy together as a true community.