Measured growth and maintaining livability are two early themes emerging from a couple of candidates seeking to fill the new electoral area seat in Cultus Lake.
Sustainability of Cultus Lake is a key issue for Maxwell Newhouse, who announced he is running for Electoral Area H director of Fraser Valley Regional District.
“My goals are to generate awareness and co-operatively create a plan that will bring the communities around the lake together for the common good and future of our lake,” said Newhouse, who has been a Cultus resident for 15 years.
A key issue will be sewage treatment improvements in the future, given the growing population pressure, and he will devote his energy to coming up with a plan.
“I understand the nature of this beautiful area we all live in and will do my best to help balance the need for new development, without comprising the environment,” he said.
He’ll be approaching the position as a full-time job, he said, adding he’ll be approachable and down-to-earth.
“I’m ready to do something that will make a difference.”
Newhouse, is retired, a children’s author, painter and sculptor, with an extensive background in construction, plumbing and retail.
Columbia Valley resident Taryn Dixon is also running for FVRD Director for Electoral Area H.
Dixon grew up in Chilliwack and shortly after getting married moved to Cultus Lake with husband Ron. For 22 years they have been residents of Columbia Valley, and Dixon said she has seen substantial changes over the years.
“I have a keen understanding of needs of the area,” she said, adding she favours “responsible growth.”
Dixon’s career has included teaching and 19 years in education administration. Communication, relationship building, and problem solving are part of her main skill set and she works with diverse teams to find creative solutions to complex problems.
She vows to preserve valuable agricultural land, fight threats to the sensitive air shed and protect the rivers, parks and green spaces.
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