Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton believes her first seven years in office have set the stage for Colwood’s future.
“At this stage, the third term is about seeing the project through,” Hamilton said. “We’ve worked hard to improve and strengthen the fiscal situation of the city, which has moved ahead considerably. Local government is where the rubber hits the road and where taxpayers see their money at work.”
She cites extensive input from the public on the new Official Community Plan as a “blueprint for the future that sets a strategic road map for carefully planned development that will add to the tax base. More importantly, it will bring much-needed diversity in housing to suit families, seniors and youth. Housing is a priority in Colwood, like it is in most communities. “
Transportation is another key issue, noted Hamilton, whose background includes 10 years in youth corrections and 28 years as a business owner. “Business additions to our community will create opportunities to work closer to home, relieving pressure on commuting. Multi-modal transportation has to be planned for to create safety for vehicles, cycling and walking. When you bring more people into your community, you have to have the ability to move them around.”
Hamilton underlined the importance of building strong relationships with neighbouring communities and understanding what their priorities are. “We’re different in geographic makeup. We have to do what’s right in blending communities together so they complement each other. I have built strong relationships with neighbouring communities and will continue to work with them to create a vibrant, sustainable and safe West Shore.”
Another issue Hamilton wants to address is the ongoing review of Westshore Parks and Recreation. “We need to ensure it is supported in order to meet the demands of a growing region.”