Laurie Walters

Laurie Walters

Laurie Walters seeks a second term as a city councillor

Incumbent councillor Laurie Walters hopes to build on her experience in the next municipal term should she be elected.

Incumbent councillor Laurie Walters hopes to build on her experience in the next municipal term should she be elected.

Walters announced earlier this year that she would be running again as a candidate for council.

She says she made that decision in order to build on some of the projects the current council has taken on including the development of the official community plan.

“I’m a bit of a visionary and being part of taking those next steps and developing and growing the OCP,” she says.

“I think it’s (OCP) important. It covers economic development, affordable housing, arts, culture, heritage and all those things that grow a community from a social and economic development point of view.”

Walters says the OCP sets no timelines but outlines what the City wants to accomplish within the next decade.

“For me that’s the job creation and economic development, to continue to build on success of crime reduction and growing our vibrant arts, culture and heritage.”

Walters says one of the other items she’s interested in pursuing is growing Williams Lake as a university town.  She would also like to grow tourism and explore opportunities for an off-leash dog park.

“I think Williams Lake has the potential to grow as a big service centre. I think it’s time we paid a little more attention to the tourism industry. It’s a very important cog in a wheel.”

As for the off-leash dog park, Walters says there is a process started of getting interested people in the community to provide input on the project.

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