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Summer Break Summary

Here it is, summer 2023 already. This current council term is now at nine months as I write this blog post.

A welcome pole at the Spirit Creek building with the Stawamus Chief in the background.
Spirit Creek pole

Much has happened in these first bunch of months.

One of the most significant accomplishments so far in this term is the creation of a strategic plan to guide council and the District of Squamish at a high level through to 2026. You can have a look at it here: https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/strategic-plan/

A protocol agreement was signed with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). Details of the agreement between the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw and the District of of Squamish are found here: https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/swxwu7mesh-uxwumixw-squamish-nation-and-district-of-squamish-announce-new-protocol-agreement/

Some of the big things we're currently working on includes new housing developments to bring much-needed additional housing to Squamish, collaborating with developers to create housing units for the Squamish Housing Society, building a fire hall on Tantalus Road, working toward a neighbourhood plan for the Garibaldi Estates, improving the airport, building a daycare centre at Valleycliffe Elementary, adding sidewalks to Perth Drive and creating a dredging plan for the Mamquam Blind Channel.

Coming up this fall we'll press ahead with construction of the new public works building, continue with efforts to improve the Brennan Park Recreation Centre and lobby the provincial government for things we need as our community continues to grow.

At the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September I hope to meet with the Public Safety Minister to push the provincial government to consider installing a speed-over-distance automated speed enforcement pilot project in place on the Sea to Sky Highway. I spoke with Mike Smyth on his CKNW radio show about this. The interview starts at about 31 minutes via this link: https://megaphone.link/CORU5359022702.

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