WHITE ROCK â€” Mayoral candidate David Bradshaw has unveiled his platform, citing a â€œcommunity firstâ€ approach to the direction he wants to take White Rock.
As the only candidate challenging incumbent Wayne Baldwin, Bradshaw said his campaign would be focusing on three key issues; quality of life, the Official Community Plan (OCP) and tax reduction.
For the first point, Bradshaw said heâ€™d like to see the essence of White Rockâ€™s community preserved.
â€œWeâ€™re a beach community not a highrise community, not a community about putting outside interests before the people living here,â€ he said. â€œI am in favour of hearing from the community as much as possible in any ongoing administration, that includes referenda if necessary to engage where the communityâ€™s feelings are at on important issues.â€
That extends to development, said Bradshaw.
â€œI want to encourage development that harmonizes with the communityâ€™s values as opposed to strictly commercial interests,â€ he added.
As for the OCP, Bradshaw said he feels the current administration has been selective at best in following the document.
â€œI donâ€™t think the current administration is following it and I think theyâ€™ve created many diversions in order to avoid it,â€ he explained. â€œThere are too many zonings and a particular zoning called â€˜comprehensive developmentâ€™ allows developers to do anything they can get away with, so I want to see the OCP followed as the highest priority.â€
Finally, Bradshaw would like to see an increase in city services while at the same time reducing taxes for residents and businesses alike.
â€œI have a feeling once we get into the books, weâ€™ll find ways to do both," he said, acknowledging the challenge. "I think the operations at the present time are very inefficient and ineffective and if we increase efficiencies thereâ€™s a good chance of doing both.â€
Bradshaw likened the current state of city hall departments to silos, in that they donâ€™t seem to work together.
â€œThe planning department is a world unto itself and the engineering department is a world unto itself. Thereâ€™s a total lack of co-ordinated effort and that needs to change,â€ he said. â€œIf tax reduction is not possible, then we definitely need an increase in services. Why is our garbage now being picked up every two weeks instead of once a week? People are paying higher taxes and getting less service.
â€œI donâ€™t think the current administration is listening to the community, I donâ€™t think they are protecting the community in the areas that they should be and I donâ€™t think they are providing the services they should be providing based on the current levels of taxation.â€