Chris Bossley

Independent new candidate running for Maple Ridge City Council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

In 2003 the District of Maple Ridge became the first Smart Growth on the Ground Partner Community. By doing so the District committed to exploring the application of smart growth and sustainability principles in the Town Centre. In December 2003, the project was initiated by the formation of a locally based project committee that oversaw and participated in the development of the Town Centre Concept Plan. The Smart Growth on the Ground Project resulted in 8 Guiding Sustainability Principles that are reflected in the Town Centre Area Plan. In consultation with the community, the 8 Guiding Sustainability Principles were further considered and expanded, resulting in the creation of 16 goals and 90 objectives. If elected to council, I will advocate for initiatives to meet those goals and initiatives, including (but not limited to): 1. Increase density for residential and non-residential land uses in our town centre to ensure opportunities for living, working, shopping, and service provision 2. Acknowledge and respect pedestrian needs by designating pedestrian-only areas/no-car zones and enhancing connectivity of pedestrian and other non-vehicular routes (i.e., bike lanes). 3. Increase transit modes, availability and destinations by increasing the frequency of transit service both internally and to out-lying areas.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasizes “five key concepts” of urban climate solutions. What ideas or initiatives would you bring forth to promote, encourage or enforce the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in each of the following categories: compact communities, multi-modal transportation, renewable energy, green jobs, and circular economy.

Compact Communities - as stated above, I would advocate for increased density for residential and non-residential land uses in our town centre. Multi-Modal Transportation - as stated above, I would enhance connectivity of pedestrian and other non-vehicular routes to encourage active transportation and increase transit modes. Renewable Energy - advocate for the use of renewable energy sources such as Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems that convert sunlight to electricity. Green Jobs - advocate for the provision of tax credits to attract green businesses and encourage public, private and educational groups to create green incubation zones to foster the growth of start-up green businesses. Circular economy - I will need to research this further, but it would involve looking for ways to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

 

You can reach Chris at info@chrisbossley.ca


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