Karen Proctor is running for a seat on Lantzville council in the upcoming municipal election. She will be up against 10 other council candidates. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Council candidate says she would listen to Lantzville’s wishes

Karen Proctor is running for a seat on District of Lantzville council in the upcoming election

A retired Lantzville teacher wants to help shape the future of the community she has called home for more than two decades.

Karen Proctor is running for a seat on Lantzville council in the upcoming municipal election. She will be up against 10 other council candidates.

“I think municipal government plays a big part in the quality of our life and there are some big decisions coming up about how to develop the clearcut land – I would like to make sure that it adheres to the OCP guidelines,” Proctor told the News Bulletin.

Ensuring the official community plan is followed, revitalizing the downtown core, distributing water to those who need it and solving the issues around Knarston Creek are priorities for Proctor. She said big decisions will need to be made around development in many areas of Lantzville and any development that does occur should not stray from what is accepted within the OCP.

“I think development needs to follow the guidelines of the OCP. We went through a lengthy OCP process and I think most Lantzvillians bought into the process and the OCP clearly outlines how those lands should be developed,” Proctor said.

When it comes to water, Proctor believes it needs to be fairly distributed to those who need it within Lantzville. She said she also thinks the community needs to look at how water will be “shared” with developers.

“We need to make sure every citizen in Lantzville has access to water and then we need to look at how we share that water with potential development,” she said. “Right now there is a bylaw that says you cannot tap into community water unless you are developing five acres or less.”

Proctor holds a masters degree in conflict analysis and management. She has also served on the district’s parks and recreation commission and been involved with Minetown Days. She said over the years, especially when it comes to conflict, she’s learned that listening is very important.

“Basically, how you address conflict is by listening and getting input from all the stakeholders and communicating clearly about what everybody’s needs are and listening clearly to what everyone’s needs are.”

For Proctor, the village core needs to be invigorated. She said she’d like to see more walkways in the core, as well as businesses and a mix of housing, provided it all fits with the OCP.

“We need some pedestrian walkways in the downtown core for sure. A lot of the businesses have closed. We need to look at doing something to invite more business back into the Lantzville,” she said. “What people said in the OCP process was that the would like to see small businesses with a little bit of housing up above them and also some seniors housing that is close enough to the village.”

Proctor said she believes it is important for government to reflect the will of the people. She said wants to be an open-minded councillor.

“I want to listen to what people have to say and make sure the government reflects the will of the people through a transparent process.”

To read interviews with other local government election candidates, click here.







nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com 
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram

 

Just Posted

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

RCMP investigating suspicious fire at Nanaimo apartment building

Early morning fire ignited under balcony at building on Glen Eagle Crescent

House fire displaces family of five in Nanaimo

Dog and cat still unaccounted for following house fire on East Wellington Road on Monday

POLL: How often do you see motorists throw cigarette butts out the window?

How often do you see motorists throw lit cigarette butts out the… Continue reading

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike and hike elsewhere

Letter writer disappointed in Nanaimo council for even considering discussing military range access

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

Most Read