de Jong calls for transportation study of Highway 97 corridor by province

District of West Kelowna: de Jong, Rick-councillor candidate seeking re-election

  • Oct. 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

1) What do you feel is the most significant issues facing West Kelowna and how would you suggest it be resolved?

The ongoing needs for infrastructure upgrades such as roads, sidewalks, storm water drainage, sewers and water systems will continue to put pressure on the District’s finances.  I believe the current approach of slow and steady as we can afford things is the correct direction.  We also need to pursue grant funding from senior levels of government.

 

2) What personal characteristics or background do you possess that make you an ideal candidate for council?

I have enjoyed serving the community as a Councillor for the last three years.  During my time in office, I have also worked on Central Okanagan Regional District issues and represented West Kelowna on the Kelowna Airport Advisory Committee.  Prior to being elected to Council in 2011, I chaired the Central Okanagan West Area Planning Committee, the District of West Kelowna Agricultural Advisory Committee and Central Okanagan Youth Soccer.  My current volunteer activities include being a member of the West Kelowna Day Breakers Rotary Club.  My various work, volunteer and political experiences combined with my strong work ethic make me a good candidate for re-election to Council.

3) What is your vision for any future development of West Kelowna’s waterfront along Okanagan Lake?

There are opportunities for residential and commercial development near the waterfront.  However any new development has to be respectful of the existing neighourhoods and the community’s enjoyment of Okanagan Lake.

4) What can the District of West Kelowna do to attract more business investment to the community?

The business community needs to be engaged and supported.  We need to continue with business round tables and business visits involving District staff and elected officials.  The development of an economic development advisory committee would help ensure that the local business community has a voice that is heard at City Hall.

5) Why do you agree or disagree that a second bridge crossing of Okanagan Lake is important to the future of West Kelowna?

I do agree with the need to begin discussions regarding a second bridge crossing of Okanagan Lake.  This is a significant under taking that will take many years to realize.  In the interim and as part of this process we need to encourage the Province to do a complete transportation corridor study of Highway 97 through West Kelowna all the way to the bridge.  We need to ensure that the existing traffic corridor is functional and safe.

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