Stuart McLean. - Adam Kveton Photo

Three questions for RDN candidate Stuart McLean

Area H candidate (Shaw Hill, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay, Bowser, Spider Lake Horne Lake)

What do you feel is the most pressing election issue in your area?

I feel the most pressing election issue in electoral Area H is the proposed Bowser Village Centre Wastewater Project. This project has angered many in the community for a variety of reasons. Some are opposed to the location, next to the Bowser core, and are worried about the potential smell. Some are deeply concerned about the process used to bring about this project. Many are adamantly opposed to the sewer line that will run out into the ocean near Nile creek to discharge the sewage effluent when land based disposal is a feasible option. Most are not against having a centralized system for sewage treatment to facilitate growth, but would prefer an option that respects our marine environment and protects human health.

If elected, how will you bring about change?

If elected I will pursue a number of priorities to effect change, which include:

– Challenging any attempt to release sewage or other waste into the Salish Sea. Push to change current Bowser wastewater project to land based disposal.

– Live streaming all RDN board meetings.

– Having monthly open meeting availability with constituents.

– Developing an Area H community commission.

– Working towards improving the accountability of the RDN Board in meeting the intent of hearings and referendums as required by the BC Local Government Act.

– Encouraging and supporting rezoning requests for small and home based businesses with a focus on Childcare, Technology, Agriculture, and Tourism

– Dedication to the sustainable development of Area H.

– Examining the Area H OCP regarding density transfers, cluster development and the effects of localized densification on the rural character of the region.

– Working together with Area F director to lobby for highway access at Corcan Road.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I believe what sets me apart from the other candidate is my approach to representing the community. I will use a collaborative approach to problem solving and making important decisions for the community. I plan to develop an Area H Community Commission to ensure different interests in the area are able to be represented. This will allow a variety of views to come together to advise and assist on important issues, and help to improve communication between the Regional District and the people of Area H. I will make monthly open meetings a priority to ensure that residents have a chance to come together and raise issues or present ideas. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent our community, and I will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to the area.

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