Lalli emphasizes experience, fiscal responsibility 

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Lalli also said he would like to see a more streamlined process at municipal hall for people wanting to invest in the community. "I will help facilitate that, and maybe people will realize Squamish is more open for business.

"I would like to see more commercial development such as the anchor tenant that will be on the highway (in the Squamish business park). That’s what people in the community asked for. There are 18 acres of frontage in the business park that will eventually have commercial development. We went out with a request for proposals on 5-7 acres earmarked for a big box store. The referendum in the community showed overwhelming support – about 70 per cent said they supported this."

Lalli said such development is needed to stop "leakage" – Squamish shoppers heading to the North Shore – and to help establish Squamish as the service centre for Sea to Sky Country.

In the downtown area, Lalli said more residential infill is needed, as well as business operations.

"The current council embraced and accommodated Ted Prior’s development (at the south end of Second Avenue) and has been working to have industrial uses mixed in. I see it as a working waterfront downtown, with a balance between industry and new ideas. The waterfront land is precious. It comes down to revenue. Industry is a major taxpayer in this community, so we need to have a balance of those revenues and commercial opportunities. We can’t forget the infrastructure – rail, the highway, water, the airport – that’s what builds the economics."

Saying he supports the Olympic bid "2010 per cent," Lalli is also in favour of a proposal to use the former Can-Oxy (now Nexen) site as a ferry dock and staging area for water transportation from Vancouver, with visitors then going by bus to Whistler.

"I’ve always supported the option of having a deep sea port on the Nexen site, and a deep sea port would definitely be part of the working waterfront. There is a huge amount of land there. We have to start looking at getting development into the working waterfront, because they generate good jobs and good taxes."

With its fortunes slipping and passenger service being eliminated, Lalli said he is concerned about B.C. Rail’s diminishing role in the community, and its excess of prime land.

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