#POCOvotes2018: Darrell Penner

Phone: 604-941-9823/604-916-0459

Email: penner4poco@gmail.comAge: did not answer

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Occupation: semi-retired

PoCo resident for: 48 years

Campaign funding: friends and self-funded

Previous community service: 19 years on city council; founding president of the Hyde Creek Streamkeepers.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in PoCo?
Already working on it. Council working with developers and non-profit groups have 585 family/538 senior/83 women-headed and 27 family new (next year) non-market rental units that are not subsidized by PoCo taxpayers coming online. And more to come. Keeping property taxes to one of the lowest in Metro Vancouver.

What do you hope to accomplish as a city councillor?
Continue to keep taxes reasonable and deliver high-quality services and facilities. Complete the Downtown Action Plan. Develop a Northside Action Plan that will bring real vitality to the area. Continue to work with Coquitlam to build the Fremont Connector. Continue to improve our trail system.

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing PoCo?
Continual downloading from the provincial and federal governments. The two levels of government collect taxes for services but try to get municipal governments to pay them.

Would you change the mayor and council’s pay and why?
No. The job is becoming increasingly more complex. It takes a lot of time away from most people’s day jobs.


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