Look What We've Done Together!
Overt the last18 months, Paul and Mission Council achieved all of this!
Sewer Forcemain completed
Hurd Street Housing deal completed
Affordable Housing Strategy completed
New building officials hired
Waterfront Plan completed
Silverdale Central Neighbourhood Plan completed
Stave Heights Plan completed
Environmental Charter completed (July 2022)
Seacan bylaw revised and updated
Community Wellness Strategy underway
Advocacy for highway improvements and healthcare on-going as planned
Developer charges and amenity contribution policies reviewed (still underway)
Enhanced permitting process
5 new staff hired (funded from growth, not taxes)
New Building Permit manager position created to expedite processes
New enterprise software system being installed
"People-Paper-Process" system review
On-line dashboard for Building Permits
Small permits = no waiting period
Large building permits = down from 9 months to 6 months (and still decreasing)
Successful "Builder's Forum" held in conjunction with Canadian Homebuilders' Association.
Sewer Forcemain Right of Way deal completed in first two months in office.
Forcemain successfully completed in early 2022
Revitalization Plan approved, under budget and on-time
Mission Raceway Park preserved; improved relationship with City
First Nations engaged in process; environmental values highlighted
Implementation discussions are already underway
Affordable Housing and Homelessness
Habitat for Housing completed
Boswyk Housing for Seniors completed
Completion and adoption of Affordable Housing Strategy
New Housing Coordinator position created, currently hiring
Density bonusing program resulting in many more affordable units
Hurd Street Modular Housing announced; Mission is urging Province to build before winter 2022
More than 4000 proposed apartment and townhouse units currently in-stream.
Secondary Suite "blanket" policy upcoming soon.
Working closely with MCSS and SARA for Women on housing projects.
Healthcare and Facilities
Met with Fraser Health and local healthcare partners to request local Master Planning in 2023.
Advocated to Minister of Health for CT Scanner project; local COVID testing and vaccine clinics; improved ER space; and Assisted Living facilities.
Advocated to Fraser Health and Ministry of Health for better in-reach services, detox and substance treatment in Mission area.
Opioid Forum coming this Fall.
City Hall Communication
Instituted new public forums including Council Coffees, Community Conversations and Facebook Live updates
Quick responses and respectful listening for all
Actions and answers for all email enquiries.
More than 250 meetings with individual citizens across all walks of life.
Approachable and available at community events.
Paul writes all of his own letters (except for the really technical bits!)
Environment & Climate
Revised Environmental Charter coming in July 2022
Land-clearing bylaw (designed to prevent landslides, clear-cutting, and stream siltation) coming in July 2022.
Enhanced transit investments
Investment in local workplaces, to reduce commuting
Density Bonusing policy = more greenspace
Preservation of Manzer Urban Forest
Climate change study undertaken at Municipal Forest
New fire equipment purchased for wildfire
Supported adoption of UNDRIP Principles by Mission
Landmark landscape with Leq'á:mel, Matheqwi, Semath Society resulted in housing and commercial sites for local First Nations, and more park space for all in Mission
Supporting local First Nations as they progress with archaeological / ground penetrating radar work at former OMI site
Partnered with Kwantlen and Katie First Nations in creating Forest Guardian Program
Worked with Leq'á:mel FN to interview and select Mission's new RCMP Officer In Charge.
Worked with Siwal Siwes to host first Truth and Reconciliation Day at FRHP.
New senior centre opened
New pumptrack at Griner Park
New youth centre opened
7th Avenue Greenway (Stave Lake to Grand Streets) approved and under construction in Summer 2022
New trails and signage in Municipal Forest
Added to Mission's wetlands by acquiring Donatelli Park
New Cedar Valley parklands acquired
Trails, park and multi-use paths approved at Stave Heights
Replaced Keystone Bridge
7 new signalized crosswalks
Reviewed Development Cost Charges and Community Amenity Contributions to ensure development pays for new growth
Shared record returns from Forestry Department with community groups such as Steelhead Community Association and MSS
Updated capital plan and removed all "unfunded" items
Added staff to engineering/public works department with no tax impact
Successfully applied for numerous grants from UBCM and Federal government, including funding for Greenway
Wren/Tyler St. repairs entirely funded by province and insurance
Created an Asset Management Strategy to ensure we full life from our infrastructure
Now the real work begins!
Planning without implementation is meaningless, so Mission needs experienced leadership to keep the work of our community moving forward.
These will be challenging (but exciting!) times. Leadership, vision and experience will be more necessary than ever before.
Check this site in the coming weeks as Paul outlines a roadmap for our future.