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ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS

 

1 - 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?

Candidates for Mayor

 

VICTOR I CUMMING

Yes, I support the existing Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan and would not open up greenfield areas for development. Vernon has a number of currently available and undeveloped lots in the already approved greenfield areas including in The Rise, The Foothills, Adventure Bay, Turtle Mountain, Predator Ridge, The Seasons and other residential developments.

I would like to see skytrain or some type of rail service not a locomotive.

I would fully support the City Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan as contained in the Official Community Plan 2013, bylaw 5470. We need to always be environmentally aware of impacts in our community that come from the decisions as Council we make for the future sustainability of our City.

No answer.

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer

DAVE DESHANE

Yes.

TERESA DURNING

My commitment to follow the OCP is unwavering. This is a provincially required document that will allow Vernon to grow in a healthy sustainable manner.

KELLY FEHR

If elected, I would support the City's Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan, as contained in the Official Community Plan 2013 Bylaw 5470. However, with respect to proposed housing developments I would evaluate each proposal on its merits and overall community benefits.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

I am a supporter of the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan. You will hear me talk about development and how this helps our community in many ways. A thriving community will have greenspace available for residents. Use of the greenfields need to be considered carefully.

KARI GARES

As mentioned previously, the City of Vernon needs to concentrate its development on finding a solution to fix our housing stock shortage. This requires more infill development, with a higher degree of concentration on mixed-use and high-density construction. Not only does this type of development assist with the immediate need in housing affordability, it’s also less expensive in building up then it is to build out. It also reduces further stress on our urban infrastructure needs such as transportation, roads, water and sewer. With that said, there are certain areas within Vernon that are deemed greenfield areas. Some of these areas offer zero support of agriculture or parkland use. It is important that the City of Vernon is constantly reviewing and adjusting their OCP as it reflects the needs of the community.

DON JEFCOAT

I believe we need to have smart development strategies and action.  I don't think its wise to build on green spaces.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

I support the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan. It is important to contain growth to urban area and not to expand into greenfield areas. The more condensed the footprint the better for the environment and it also makes economic sense. I believe the Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan show progress in reducing the impact on the environment, but I believe more can be done and will work hard to ensure that city policies and strategies take our environment into account.I support the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan. It is important to contain growth to urban area and not to expand into greenfield areas. The more condensed the footprint the better for the environment and it also makes economic sense. I believe the Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan show progress in reducing the impact on the environment, but I believe more can be done and will work hard to ensure that city policies and strategies take our environment into account.

SHAWN LEE

Yes.

GORD LEIGHTON

Yes. I do not favour opening up greenfield areas for development. The City should be focused on in-fill opportunities, consistent with the OCP.

KEVIN LEPP

I support the Official Community Plan 2013 Bylaw 5470.

JAMIE MORROW

I do support the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan. To quote directly from the City’s

Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan:


“Context. The Guiding Principles strongly reflect an approach to sustainable urban development that

addresses economic, social and environmental considerations. Sustainable development

provides for orderly urban growth that preserves our community's significant natural resources,

mitigates the impacts of development, increases the quality of life for residents and makes more

effective use of taxpayer dollars. Essentially, it is about compact development that supports

alternative transportation options. By developing residential uses in close proximity to

commercial services, employment, schools and recreational amenities, people have greater

opportunity to walk or bike to where they need to go. In addition, development occurs at

densities necessary to support the provision of efficient public transit. Compact development

and alternative transportation options also reduce the cost of maintaining and replacing

infrastructure, promoting greater financial sustainability for the municipality in the long term.

To support this sustainable approach, three districts have been established within the city

boundaries, generally defined to correspond with both the existing level of growth in the city and

the areas where growth and redevelopment are to be encouraged. These districts are the City

Centre District, the Neighbourhood District and the Hillside Residential and Agricultural District.”



As I mentioned in a previous question, a priority of mine is actively promote mixed-use

developments to re energize and revitalize downtown. My priority would be to start with the

downtown core and then work our way out to the other districts. Please see my answer to

question 2 as it is relevant my answer to this question and applies directly to the City’s Growth

Strategy and Land Use Plan.

AKBAL MUND

I will continue to support the OCP plan, but if development fills, we will work with our partner communities to create more.

DALVIR NAHAL

As a sitting councillor, I do support the growth strategy and land use plan. I would like to see the city encourage development from the downtown core.  We have a lot of lands are sitting unused and not in not greenfield areas that can be developed. As stated above this will help with maintenance costs as well.

BRIAN QUIRING

Yes I promote smart growth strategies which focus on densification of the city core and
development on existing municipal services.

DAWN TUCKER

Yes. I support the plan as it is preferable to utilizing green space. As a city we are going to have to meet government step guidelines for green house gas emissions. When a city sprawls it costs us more and it is difficult to provide adequate services to all such as transit, snowplowing, road maintenance and water/sewer/garbage/recycling.

TERRY VULCANO

I support the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan; I do not support opening up Greenfield areas for development.

SAM ZAHARIA

As I understand it, there are more than enough vacant lots throughout Vernon to allow infill development for the next 30 years. I see no reason why greenfield spaces should need to be taken up anytime soon.

 

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, I support the further development of alternative transportation within our community with an intense focus on increasing the walkability and short cycling trips of the interior core, as well as improving cycling and walking paths that link residential neighborhoods and the inner downtown core.

I would like to see skytrain or some type of rail service not a locomotive.

Yes, I would support the Master Transportation Plan with its emphasis on more trips by walking, cycling, transit and carpooling rather than single occupant vehicles. I believe any way the City can be striving for Climate Action Initiatives that could reduce our carbon footprint as well as promoting new ways of green transportation is key for our community’s growth into the future.

No answer.

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer.

DAVE DESHANE

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.

TERESA DURNING

Yes– The need for us to reduce our carbon footprint is essential and I am in support of initiatives that move us in that direction.

KELLY FEHR

If elected, I would support the City's adopted Master Transportation Plan. It is essential to meet our targets of reducing emissions. These types of initiatives are being adopted worldwide as an overarching plan to protect our communities. British Columbia and neighboring municipalities are striving to reach their targets of reducing emissions and we must do our part in a way that can work for our community.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

Yes I will adopt the City’s Master Transportation Plan.

KARI GARES

Vernon’s Master Transportation Plan is a key tool that is now addressing the needs of many residents who rather put an emphasis on alternate transportation opportunities. Of course, we must also realize that it is not reasonable to assume that everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of these alternate forms of transportation: walking, cycling, transit and carpooling.

DON JEFCOAT

I believe we need to get cars off the road.  We have built a reliance on the automobile that needs to be reversed.  I don't believe parking reduction or narrow streets will be effective in that.  We need improved transit, we need to improve transit, We need to make walking better, and we need to look at getting people back onto their bicycles.  Why is some one going to ride a bicycle downtown if there is no place to secure it?  I find it shameful that for the most part alternatives to vehicular traffic systems are not in place.  And doing this does not mean less parking but creating a smarter plan.


In addition to creating these options we need to market these options.  In my conversations with people I have learned there are people that do not know they can catch a bus to UBCO and can have access to the Kelowna Transit.  I have yet to have some one be able to tell me how long it would take to cycle to Kelowna.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

Yes, I will support the Master Transportation Plan. As Vernon grows in population, the number of vehicles on our streets grows just as fast. The impact on the environment from vehicle traffic outpaces our efforts to mitigate effects. It will require concerted efforts of everyone to reduce our dependence on private vehicles and move our culture toward a preference for alternate modes of transportation.e some one be able to tell me how long it would take to cycle to Kelowna.

SHAWN LEE

I support the master transportation plan.

GORD LEIGHTON

Yes. Improvements to Public Transit, including the installation of more benches and shelters and in better maintenance of transit stops will increase the attractiveness of public transit. Winter maintenance is particularly important for seniors and persons with mobility challenges.

KEVIN LEPP

These are all good ideas in theory if people can see the value in using these methods.

JAMIE MORROW

If elected, I will support the City's adopted Master Transportation Plan. I also believe that mixed use developments are a key here too by building communities up and not out starting in our downtown core. I believe that mixed use developments incorporate all the elements of the guiding principles. Please refer to my answer to question 2 as it is relevant here also. As you read through the official community plan you will see how the benefits of mixed use

developments build sustainable community networks and directly relate to many of the OCP Guiding Principles.


To quote from the 25 Year Master Transportation Plan:

“1.0 Official Community Plan Guiding Principles

The 2013 Official Community Plan (OCP) Guiding Principles are intended to guide not only the development of the OCP, of which the Master Transportation Plan is a key element, but also subsequent implementation and decision making. The Guiding Principles have been considered in the development of the Transportation Plan, and are reflected in the various strategies, as follows:


- Foster prosperity for people, business and government:

This plan maintains a balanced multi-modal network for all uses to move people and

goods on an affordable network;


- Protect and preserve green spaces and sensitive areas:

This plan emphasizes Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures and

initiatives, which can either defer or avoid completely the need for road expansions and

new roads;


- Ensure housing meets the needs of the whole community:

The OCP focuses growth and development in the City Centre District and

neighbourhood centres. The success of this approach is tied to the provision of

transportation choices to reduce dependence on the Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV)

enabling a reduction of parking requirements at these key areas;


- Create a culture of sustainability:

The implementation of this plan over time will balance the provision of transportation

options with the social, personal health, environmental and financial concerns of the

City’s residents


- Protect agricultural land:

Some of the longer term road improvements will impact the Agricultural Land Reserve

(ALR). To maintain no net loss of ALR lands, other lands must be identified and included

in the ALR to compensate


- Create strong, compact and complete neighbourhoods:

Fundamental to the establishment of neighbourhood centres is that residents must be

able to walk, cycle or take transit to neighbourhood centres to reduce dependency on

the automobile. A reduction of vehicle use in Vernon neighbourhoods, would improve

safety, particularly for vulnerable residents such as seniors and youth;

- Provide alternative transportation:

Investment in cycling, walking and transit infrastructure is integrated with land use

planning to provide a range of viable transportation choices to reduce air pollution and

greenhouse gas emissions while contributing to better health.Supporting facilities, such

as bike parking and end of-trip facilities (showers, lockers), will be pursued through the

planning and development process


- Revitalize the Downtown

Reinforce Vernon's City Centre as the key redevelopment area in the city. Strategic

infrastructure investments and the continued implementation of TDM measures and

initiatives will lead to it being the most walkable neighbourhood in the city, characterized

by compact, high density, mixed use development and a lively, pedestrian-oriented

streetscape; and

- Create a youth friendly city:

Young people are increasingly choosing not to own a personal vehicle, and the ability to

get around our community using alternative transportation is critical to their ability to

engage and enjoy the city. Cycling, walking and public transit are all key in this regard.

Having a network that attracts, retains and supports families is essential to the future of

this city. This can be achieved by creating a city that they want to live in.”

Here is a definition of mixed use developments from the Urban Land Institute’s Mixed-Use

Development Handbook:


“The Urban Land Institute’s Mixed-Use Development Handbook characterizes mixed-use

development as one that 1) provides three or more significant revenue-producing uses (such as

retail/entertainment, office, residential, hotel, and/or civic/cultural/recreation), 2) fosters

integration, density, and compatibility of land uses, and 3) creates a walkable community with

uninterrupted pedestrian connections.”

I believe this is where we should be heading with future developments and this is a priority of mine starting with the downtown core and working out from here.

AKBAL MUND

Yes another initiative we strongly believe in, as we have had more bike lanes built in the last 7 years then the previous 20 years.

DALVIR NAHAL

As a city councilor, we have endorsed the plan and I am pleased to see the new bike routes and investment in our trails. I feel like the city is heading in the right direction in encouraging people to live active lifestyles. I look forward to seeing more walking and biking paths within the city. I would like to see the city actively work with other stakeholders, B and C and Coldstream in terms of connecting routes to other areas.

BRIAN QUIRING

Yes I will continue to support the Master Transportation Plan with an emphasis on
alternative transportation, I committed to ride my bike to work two to three times per week.

DAWN TUCKER

Yes. The city has done a great job with school sidewalks and sidewalks for
seniors (safe corridors). This plan is an integral part of meeting government step
guidelines. We are seeing the benefits of this already such as an increase in
bike to work week participation and the sales of electric bikes in the city. We are
also seeing new developments adding amenities such bike racks and car
sharing. One thing our city should do is add more electric charging stations so
that we have more than just the one by the bus loop.

TERRY VULCANO

Yes, I support emphasis on trips to be made by walking, cycling, transit and carpooling.

SAM ZAHARIA

Yes!

 

3- 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)?

 

Yes, I support developing bylaws that require builders to gradually meet the requirements. It is critical that this be accomplished in regular increments over time in order to avoid driving up the costs of attainable housing and risk sacrificing new housing projects. In BC, we are in a fortunate position to use hydro energy for heating/cooling and domestic hot water. This does not produce greenhouse gases and reduces the overall environmental impact of new housing in comparison to most other areas in Canada.

I don’t know the bylaws at present time.

I would certainly be open to reviewing the BC Energy Step Code and working with Council, Administration and City Staff to look at possible bylaws that encourage energy efficient development. When we look at environmental sustainability, future green initiatives and ways we can have an impact in our community to promote better more efficient use of resources, it’s something that for me is important for the future of our City.

No answer

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer.

DAVE DESHANE

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 ofzoning 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.

TERESA DURNING

I know builders don’t like the Step Code because it costs them a little more money but I am an advocate for this bylaw development.

KELLY FEHR

I fully support developing bylaws that require builders to meet the requirements of the BC Energy Step Code. To truly address environmental concerns Vernon must address energy conservation as it
has a direct impact on emissions.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

Very much so. Working in the real-estate field, I have followed the Step Code over the last couple years and have attended seminars, workshops and attended some of the licensing courses for my own education. The Step Code has many benefits. I am cognitive of the fact that pushing the Step Code through too fast has negative effects on the developers themselves. Also, pushing the code through at a pace faster than the immediately surrounding area will discourage developers from approaching Vernon. All these factors need to be taken into consideration. That said, I will be a big advocate for developing bylaws that require builders to meet the Step Code requirements.

KARI GARES

provides can incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code. It does so by establishing a series of measurable, performance-based energy-efficiency requirements for construction that builders can choose to build to, and communities may voluntarily choose to adopt in bylaws and policies.


It’s a single provincial standard that replaces the patchwork of different green building standards. This will allow local governments to continue to play a leadership role in improving energy efficiency, while providing a single standard for industry and build capacity over time.


The challenge with the City of Vernon implementing this as it stands, it could limit options for builders and developers who are looking to construct more affordable housing options. If the policy is implemented across the board with little regard to certain conditions, then we could limit options, increase cost for developers & builders, and have further reduction on housing stock. 


There are several key findings in the BC Housing 2017 Metrics report that show when these strategies should be implemented to improve efficiencies in building practices and to improve energy standards: it is generally easier and more cost-effective to meet BC Energy Step Code requirements in simple buildings that share common walls—such as townhomes and apartments. When it comes to energy efficiency, building shape and orientation impact cost. A south-facing home with modest window areas and compact building form will be more cost effective in achieving higher performance than a complicated building with many windows looking north. As industry gains experience with energy efficient construction practices—and energy-efficient products become more readily available—cost premiums will decrease. A clear timeline with extra time allowed for implementation of higher steps will help industry to get ready.

DON JEFCOAT

Yes I will support bylaws that encourage developments to include  Energy Step Code.  I believe its very important that we are leaders in this.  Historically environment was not a concern to many now its the expectation.   Yes we need to build new.   But we need to do this with the least amount of impact now and into the future.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

I see the BC Energy Step Code as a starting point from which Vernon can build upon. By creating bylaws that make the Energy Step Code a minimum standard, and providing incentives for exceeding the code, Vernon has an opportunity to be a leader in environmental practices.

SHAWN LEE

I would support initiatives to consult with local builders to discuss the benefits of the voluntary step code. I want to know what has been their experience with the code. Have they had any success in its marketing? What would change for their industry would change if parts of the step code were to be adopted by the City of Vernon?

GORD LEIGHTON

In principle, yes. However, we must be careful of the law of unintended consequences. While a province-wide code makes good sense, we must be sure we do not develop new bylaws that may be in conflict with affordable housing objectives.

KEVIN LEPP

Yes.

JAMIE MORROW

I do agree with the importance that the requirements of the BC Energy Step Code outline as a single provincial standard for achieving more energy efficient buildings. I want to see Vernon grow and do not want to hinder developments that may bypass Vernon if we have requirements that other cities and municipalities do not have. I support the BC Energy Step Code as a voluntary provincial standard. Saying this, I agree that we need to do more. I would only be one voice if elected but we would look at incentives to builders that will build to these standards.

AKBAL MUND

The BC Energy Step Code should become the provincial standard. California's push to solar power is something BC should look at.

DALVIR NAHAL

I support developing bylaws that require builders to meet the requirements of the BC Energy Step Code as long as it is done in increments for builders to support, otherwise the cost of housing will go up and this won’t help us in a market where we are trying to attain affordable housing. Education is key, as many builders only look at the upfront cost opposed to the long-term savings. As a corporation, we need to look at alternative ways of reducing our carbon footprint with incentive programs. 

BRIAN QUIRING

Yes I support the promotion of the BC Energy Step Code. I have designed several LEED Gold buildings and support these sustainable concepts. We will be receiving a new building code this December and expect significant improvements with respect to
sustainability.

DAWN TUCKER

Yes of course, this is mandatory for our community to comply.

TERRY VULCANO

Yes, I support developing by-law that requires builders to meet the requirements of the BC Energy Code.

SAM ZAHARIA

Yes!