Comox Valley mayoral candidates asked about environmental issues?

Dear editor,

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is a stewardship group concerned with the watersheds of the Comox Valley.

Dear editor,

The Comox Valley Project Watershed Society is a stewardship group concerned with the watersheds of the Comox Valley.

Our board of directors is all volunteers.

Below are three specific questions on three areas that will impact on the watersheds of the Valley. We feel that all registered voters in the Comox Valley will be interested in reading answers from all mayoralty candidates and Cumberland mayor elect Leslie Baird to these questions.

• Do you think the majority of voters in your jurisdiction are in favour of sustainability and preserving and protecting the environment?

• The local governments in the Comox Valley have passed the Regional Growth Strategy and adopted a sustainability plan that is a template for growth in the Valley for the future. It states that Courtenay and Comox should densify and build up instead of out to the rural districts. If elected, how would you ensure that the Regional Growth Strategy and sustainability plan are implemented over the next three years?

• The most significant single natural feature in the Comox Valley is our estuary. Four different jurisdictions make decisions that affect the health and vitality of this environmental feature. Do you think that there should be one common estuary management plan?

We invite you to write back to both local newspapers with your specific answers.

Paul Horgen

Editor’s note: Paul Horgen wrote on behalf of the board of directors of the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society.

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