Platform

PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY – EVIDENCE BASED DECISIONS – SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Connecting Communities

and Generations

Curb the Crisis
Houses are where we make our homes, but the current market is forcing youth and seniors out of Coquitlam. Innovations such as rental-only zoning, shared or intergenerational housing can help keep our families together.

Coquitlam has led the Lower Mainland in “affordable” developments, but it is time to double down our efforts and ensure that not a single resident is left homeless.

This is a wealthy city; no one should be left to fend for themselves on the street.
Entertainment Sector
While we have a variety of choices for children to keep busy, upon graduation kids head downtown for fun. With a healthy and safe entertainment sector, we can keep youth in town and attract a robust, fresh economy. As unaffordable housing pushes people east, wouldn’t it be great if they stopped in Coquitlam?

Access to rapid transit, shopping and restaurants makes our city the perfect place to set up shop!
Attract Strategic Business
Having a booming entertainment industry would of course bring some local jobs, but in order to really capitalize on employment, in conjunction with developers, we must make strategic partnerships with groups we want in town, in areas such as senior care and health, both physical and mental.

A percentage of commercial developments should also be set aside for small businesses.
Build Wisely, not Widely
With over a million people to move to the Lower Mainland in the next decade, it is clear that we need to continue building homes– but in the right places.

Density around transit hubs is clearly a must, as we see in the Lougheed neighbourhood, but continuing unaffordable urban sprawl up Burke Mountain will only compound the housing crisis. New units should be strictly regulated to ensure that they are occupied, not just used as an investment to dump foreign capital. Also, as empty brick and mortar businesses languish in major centers, we must incentivize owners to make use of their commercial spaces.
Prioritize Transit
As our population continues to grow, we must consider their mobility. While we want residents to be able to work in Coquitlam, the reality is that many must commute beyond our borders. One way to help is to insist that developers include green, public transit in their projects to connect communities to major hubs and get people off dependence on cars. Encouraging ride sharing will also help ease congestion.

Continuing the Mayors’ Council 10-year transit plan is in Coquitlam’s best interest.

Fresh Ideas

Infrastructure

  • Carbon neutral city infrastructure
  • Coquitlam city fair
  • Indigenize public green space

Housing & Development

  • Resident-first housing opportunities
  • Tri-Cities “Housing First”

Environment

  • Ban on single-use plastics
  • Carbon neutral city infrastructure

Health & Addictions

  • Hybrid, mental health police officer
  • 24-hour sexual health clinic

Get Involved

As an independent candidate, Ian’s campaign depends on donations from people just like you who want to make a difference in their community. If you’d like to help out, all donations are appreciated and would go a long way toward’s helping Ian succeed.

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Email : iansoutar4council@gmail.com

Participatory Democracy – Evidence Based Decisions – Social Responsibility

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