Morning Star Staff
Matt Vader wants to take a second crack at representing Carr’s Landing on Lake County council in the November municipal election.
Vader ran for the Carr’s Landing ward in the last election, losing out to Barbara Leamont.
“The last election was my first time running for public office, and since then I’ve continued to be involved in the economic and planning development of Lake Country,’ he said.
Vader works for the Canada Revenue Agency in its Kelowna office, and was an inaugural member of Lake Country’s economic planning and development committee.
“My role on that committee is to collaboratively provide advice and support to the district for its economic development initiatives. I believe these initiatives are important to the sustainability of Lake Country as its own community and not just a bedroom community for Kelowna and Vernon.”
For a community with a population of 12,000, he says promoting the retail and service sector will be key to alleviate the bedroom community identity.
Lake Country “is a viable (size) to grow the business community. With the right zoning, the right availability of land and appropriate timeless for the district to approve new business opportunities, that bedroom community stigma can start to change.”
Vader points to more interest in development on Main Street as a sign that the business opportunity Lake Country offers will be realized.
Vader sees the issues for his area being road upgrades and maintenance and improving water quality.
“If the water quality is bad, that is a huge factor on the value of property,” he said.