©2018 by Vernon Candidate Questions.

DAVID D DESHANE

 

QUESTIONS - SOCIAL

IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU SUPPORT THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF PROVIDING MUNICIPAL LAND (UNDER A HOUSING AGREEMENT) AND WAIVING DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES TO NON-PROFIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGENCIES WHO ARE SEEKING TO CONSTRUCT NEW HOUSING PROJECTS?

A better plan may be to gift the equivalent of the DCC’s to a prospective purchaser (round it up

to 50k for discussion).


Let me explain.


I was one of the founding members of the Vernon and District Land Trust, an organization
designed to locate and or create more affordable housing solutions. We did build some homes
and took over a housing project. But do I see this as an answer? Not really.


What if we took the 1,000,000 (round figures) that was just spent on the H.H. triplex on Easthill
and divided it up?


Those townhouses are not available for the age or ability challenged.


What if we took 50k and granted it to an old lady, putting her into an apartment that she can
afford. The guy in the wheel chair that needs a small level half duplex… done. The family whose
mom just died and can no longer afford the home that they just bought…. Can still have a home.
These people now have the home they need and can reasonably afford.


We are then not artificially inserting people into the housing spectrum above the family that
actually saved their money, paid their mortgage and would like to sell their apartment and move
to that middle income townhouse that the community just gave away.
We are also then not unfairly competing with developer/builders that are paying DCC’s and
other costs to turn around and donate those same fees to their competition.


With my idea, we have now put 20 people in homes, not just 3. And helped the other families
move ahead with their own housing dream as well as properly supporting private developers
and builders.


Furthermore.


The only way we can truly reduce the cost of housing is for supply to surpass demand.
The U.S. experiment of building ‘the projects’, public housing, has created ghettos.
Friends have also raised the question ‘why do we feel an obligation to give away homes?’
I would like to know what your thoughts are?

DO YOU SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT HIGH-DENSITY, COMPACT HOUSING IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT WAY TO ADDRESS AFFORDABLE/ATTAINABLE HOUSING? IF NOT, WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU PROPOSE TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY?

I think that it is a good plan. Previous councils have put substantial thought into this and while
flexibility is always required high density compact housing in the city core is a good initiative.

VERNON IS ANTICIPATED TO EXPERIENCE INCREASED IMMIGRATION FROM ELSEWHERE IN THE PROVINCE AND COUNTRY AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES. DO YOU SUPPORT THESE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF IMMIGRATION AND IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU FACILITATE NEW IMMIGRANTS’ INTEGRATION INTO THE COMMUNITY?

This is primarily a federal immigration question. I don’t think anyone is concerned about
someone immigrating to Vernon from Williams Lake.

IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WILL YOU CONTINUE THE POLICY OF PROVIDING FREE BUS PASSES FOR REFUGEES IN THEIR FIRST YEAR?

Yes

 

QUESTIONS - ENVIRONMENTAL

IF ELECTED, WILL YOU SUPPORT THE CITY'S GROWTH STRATEGY AND LAND USE PLAN, AS CONTAINED IN THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN 2013 BYLAW 5470, OR WOULD YOU OPEN UP GREENFIELD AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT?

Yes

IF ELECTED, WILL YOU SUPPORT THE CITY'S ADOPTED MASTER TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WITH ITS EMPHASIS ON MORE TRIPS TO BE MADE BY WALKING, CYCLING, TRANSIT AND CARPOOLING (COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION) INSTEAD OF IN A SINGLE OCCUPANT VEHICLE (SOV)?

Yes. However, we need to be cognizant that more alternative transportation options are not
going to make people carpool to downtown from Harwood or other surrounding
neighbourhoods. Removing parking in the downtown area is going to further isolate the elderly
and will not help downtown businesses.

DO YOU SUPPORT DEVELOPING BYLAWS THAT REQUIRE BUILDERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE (A SINGLE PROVINCIAL STANDARD FOR ACHIEVING MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS).

I have to double check but I believe the province is moving towards a system whereby the
municipal and district areas do not get to piecemeal their own building code so I believe that
this is a mute point. I do believe that the greater Vernon area should work with one set of
zoning and building code regulations not 3.


Also, I believe that that BC has what is probably the most stringent building code in Canada and
possibly the world. We can’t keep adding rules and regulations and then scream affordable
housing. You can’t have both.

 

QUESTIONS - CULTURAL

DO YOU SEE ARTS AND CULTURE AS HAVING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING VERNON A MORE DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE, IN BUILDING COMMUNITY, AND AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT IT IN THE FUTURE?

Arts and Culture and Sports and Parks and Nature all need to part of the fabric of our
community. Greater Vernon is achieving pretty fair balance in this regard. We could do it better
if we were amalgamated.

WILL YOU VOTE ‘YES’ IN THE OCT 20 GREATER VERNON REFERENDUM ON BORROWING UP TO $25 MILLION FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW CULTURAL CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN VERNON?

Hard question. I wanted and want the cultural center but I do not like the current plan. I
supported the old cultural center that we had.


When this was first proposed, including the library, I supported that, but the three entities could
not agree. Then the art gallery was going to go on the vacant lot where the Vernon Flower shop
was, beside the bus turn around, that seemed reasonable. We now have a request for a 45
million dollar building (I say 45m because I expect budget overages).


Try and put that in context.


The whole new arena cost 13 million.


The brand new 6 storey, 100 unit, underground parking…. Apartment building downtown cost
36 million. So are we going to build an Art Gallery 25% larger than that massive apartment
building ?


I propose a public private partnership. Our OCP supports growing vertically, with residential
above the lower commercial, service levels. Lets do an 8 storey building with residential above
and now a cultural center would actually be generating money.

 

QUESTIONS - ECONOMIC

IF YOU ARE ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PARTNER WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE REGION TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; AND WHICH INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTED IN THE REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LANDS ACTION PLAN INTEREST YOU MOST, AND WHY?

Amalgamation

PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE OF THE WAYS YOU WOULD SUPPORT BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION IN THE CITY?

Currently our economy is very stable and spread through multiple sectors. I have clients in hi-
tech, agriculture, construction, forestry…. I would like to say to help with land in locations like
the Lavington Industrial Park and the Swan Lake Corridor. But they are not in Vernon.

OVER 40% OF BUSINESSES IN EVERY SECTOR ARE EXPERIENCING LABOUR AND SKILL SHORTAGES. HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT OUR DEMANDING WORKFORCE NEEDS?

Affordable downtown core housing.

HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT EMERGING SECTORS SUCH AS CANNABIS, TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED MANUFACTURING (IE. LARGE SCALE BUSINESSES THAT MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS FOR SEVERAL COMPANIES IN ONE LOCATION, SUCH AS ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS FOR THE MILITARY OF HOSPITALS)

The cannabis industry is controlled by federal and provincial legislation. We will have to
implement some very simple zoning by laws.


As to large scale manufacturing, Vernon has a challenge in that Vernon city has very little land
for this purpose. The land is in the surrounding areas of Greater Vernon.

 

QUESTIONS - HEALTH

GIVEN THAT VERNON’S OVER 65 POPULATION IS AT 25% (HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 16.9%,) THAT CHRONIC DISEASES ARE ON THE RISE AND INCREASE WITH AGE, AND THAT SOCIAL ISOLATION IS MORE PREVALENT IN OUR SENIORS,

 · IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROGRAMMING TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND REDUCE ISOLATION FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES, AS DESCRIBED IN THE DRAFT RECREATION MASTER PLAN

Improved Handy-Dart services. We need improved safety features with the whole transit system
and we need to work with private partners to ensure proper bus drop offs at places like the
Village Green Mall.

THE 2018 CANADIAN PARTICIPACTION REPORT CARD WAS RELEASED WHICH IDENTIFIED THAT 91% OF CHILDREN AGES 5-17 DO NOT MEET MINIMAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH. IN CONSULTATION WITH PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS, LACK OF SAFE AND CONNECTED BICYCLING AND WALKING CORRIDORS FOR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAIN BARRIER. VERNON HAS BEEN DEVELOPING SEPARATE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS THROUGHOUT THE CITY BUT THERE ARE GAPS IN CONNECTIONS WITH NEIGHBORHOODS, THE DOWNTOWN CORE, AND TO THE RECREATION CENTER.

 · IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PROMOTE AN INTEGRATED AND CONNECTED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SO ALL USERS FROM 8 TO 80 CAN FEEL SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING BY NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION?

One of the things that upsets me in this election is the tearing down of the Civic Arena. This
space should have had proper repairs. The busiest arena in the North Okanagan is ‘the Hassen’
in Armstrong. Constantly busy with Lacrosse, Archery, Roller Derby, Craft fairs, floor hockey, dog
shows…. The civic arena could also have provided a winter home for the farmers market. Having
suitable walking corridors between the amenities will certainly help. So will expanding the
Multiplex site to encompass more sport related activities.

DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT ADVERSE HEALTH RISKS OF USING PESTICIDES FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES, THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS RELEASED A POSITION STATEMENT URGING MUNICIPALITIES TO BAN THE USE OF THESE CHEMICALS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 40 MUNICIPALITIES IN BC WHICH HAVE BANNED PESTICIDES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES.

· IF ELECTED, WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON PESTICIDE USE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES IN AREAS WHERE CHILDREN AND PETS ARE AT RISK?

I think that it is great that in my lifetime we have seen the return of swans and eagles…. Ban
chemical pesticides.