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Squamish is a community that is going to face increased interest from the outside world due to its proximity to Vancouver and it’s relative affordability in our regional context. As a community we need to accept that growth is coming, and create a clear vision about how we grow. When we need to build, we should strive to create sustainable communities that are mixed economically and socially, and that present a variety of housing options for people in different stages of life. Current neighborhoods should have the ability to densify as a means to accommodate growth, and to create opportunities for people to age in place.

To encourage sustainable practices in new construction, the District of Squamish could offer a graduated Development Cost Charge scheme where the charges relate to the efficiency of the building systems, and ultimately, District of Squamish municipal services. By allowing diverse, compact neighborhoods, transit can be effective, predictable, and economically viable.