Why I'm Running
Over the last eight years in particular, decisions made are increasingly inconsistent with plans developed by the community, with council members not even asking critical questions about the impacts. These decisions appear to be negotiated behind the scenes providing great profit to developers and investors with little in return for our city and us as residents. We are now seeing the impacts of those decisions with multiple overlapping crises: housing, affordability, traffic, environmental loss and staff shortages.
What is it going to be like in eight years from now?
As a former Transportation and Mobility Manager with the City of Kelowna, I have a clear understanding of processes that should be followed and are not, along with solutions to manage our growth and how they are being ignored in favour of developers. Council meanwhile is not being provided with information from Senior City staff to make informed decisions, nor are they requesting it. I’ve personally been stonewalled on multiple information requests about deals such as a revised McKinley Beach development, Glenmore Road widening, Transportation Master Plan projects totalling a quarter of a billion dollars, the Official Community Plan and fire staffing levels.
Kelowna urgently needs leadership that will ask the right questions and bring transparency to City Hall.
Vote Peter Truch for Truth.
Peter Truch is campaigning for a City Hall with less to hide
“There’s people I am very close to that can’t afford to live here. We’ve seen lots of stories about police officers not being able to afford to move here because they can’t afford housing.”
Major Questions on Safe Fire Staffing Levels Go Unanswered by City Hall
Are fire department staffing levels meeting North American guidelines and are they safe for Kelowna Fire
Professional Engineer and Kelowna City Council Candidate Peter Truch — running under the slogan Vote for Truth,
Vote for Truch – raised this question as a member of the public regarding a massive 34-storey variance for a
downtown highrise at public hearing in July. Kelowna Professional Firefighters Association President Jason Picklyk
also called attention to the staffing levels on duty in an open letter around the same time.
Residents Call on Mayor, City Manager to Stop Withholding Evidence and Provide Citizens Transparency in Apparent Subversion of Developer Requirements to Pay Their Fair Share
Kelowna, BC – On 11 August 11 2021 Mayor Basran publicly went on record to state “there was nobody to blame,
it was just an honest mistake that this particular information was not shared”, after a public hearing regarding a
proposed development in McKinley recommended for approval by the City Manager was suspended at the behest
of the City Clerk due to information not being provided to the public.
Key Platform Issues
1) Understand, through a rapid study the income levels currently in Kelowna by demographic, and expected income levels/potential in the near future for incoming residents.
2) Encourage home builders, and zone/approve missing middle housing, in the ‘right’ areas of the city helping to minimize mobility costs (as this is the next greatest cost to a family).
Location of where zoning happened is just as important, as mobility costs are almost as much as housing at times; housing should be located such that most community amenities (parks, recreation such as play fields and rinks, groceries, pharmacy, cultural and social opportunities, a community centre, etc. are within a 15 minute walk, or five minute short drive. This allows residents the option of saving significant costs on transportation (think insurance, gas, maintenance, and the actual purchase price or lease of a vehicle).
Ensure approvals reflect the available housing supply is sufficient BASED ON Kelowna’s income levels and corresponding demographics.
3) If this is not enough to provide affordable housing for all income levels (eg construction costs aren’t low enough to provide the supply), then the City needs to develop a financial program that is complementary to provincial and federal programs to help residents attain housing (purchase and/or rental). This is not a new or unique approach; Regina has had a similar program for many years, helping residents of all income levels attain affordable housing.
3B) Again, if steps 1 and 2 aren’t enough, then the City should flex the partnerships department it established several years ago to work with businesses to increase salaries or creative ways to help support housing.
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