King to Seek Fifth Term in Central Saanich
Councillor Zeb King launches his campaign for a fifth term on Central Saanich Council with a breakfast, silent auction and entertainment at Tsawout First Nation Multipurpose Room (7728 Tetayut Rd) on Saturday morning, October 15, 2018 .
“My grandmother was instrumental in establishing the Central Saanich Seniors Centre. She taught me the importance of service to community, and my public service honours her contribution,” states King.
A fundamental belief King’s had since first being elected to Council in 2002 has been to promote greater citizen participation through town hall meetings and other procedures that invite feedback. “We need the wisdom of the community to establish a healthy, age-friendly, safe and affordable community in which to live, walk, boat, work and ride,” he affirms.
"I've heard from residents that they want to maintain the rural agricultural character of Central Saanich and preserve our environment,” says King. “I'll continue to champion that, including protecting the Agricultural Land Reserve as well as the Urban Containment Boundary."
"Housing is also an important topic which needs the full participation of residents. I'm committed to working with residents to get their engagement on this topic as Central Saanich develops its housing policies. Key among those is the Official Community Plan, which is up for review and updating in the next term.”
"Some of the efforts that I initiated a decade ago on Council have only now come to fruition, “ explains King. “It took over 10 years to restore bus service to lower Brentwood Bay and establish the first bus service into the heart of Tsawout. Likewise, we've initiated a relationship with Modo Car Sharing and developed a Climate Action Plan, for example.”
In addition to improving bus service, King cites other important initiatives:
- defending the Urban Containment Boundary while fending off attempts to expand urban sprawl from Brentwood to Keating which threatened 14+ farms;
- initiating a decade of Community to Community Forums between First Nation leaders and Central Saanich Council members, which has resulted in significantly better relations today;
- leading the effort to start a Climate Change Action Plan, now in its second iteration with the unanimous support of Council; and
- establishing the first ever Tree Appreciation Day in 2014, now an annual event.
“I'm proud to have been able to get results which help people. But I also know that there is way more to do,” he stresses. “The solution to the overwhelming amount of work is to include the community in the processes.”
“I have already shown leadership in making Central Saanich safer. I will work with citizens to promote safe sidewalks, trails and pathways.”
King holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Victoria and is employed as a Senior Policy Analyst in the BC Health Ministry. As a Councillor, he has served as the Liaison to the Central Saanich Seniors Citizens’ Association, a Trustee of the Greater Victoria Public Library, a Director of both the Regional Water Supply Commission and the Peninsula Wastewater Commission, a member of the Capital Regional District (CRD) Climate Action Program Working Group and Liaison to the Agriculture Advisory Committee.
For further information or breakfast tickets, visit www.ZebKing.ca or call 250 508 4645 .
Jordan Sandwith, Official Agent