Barkwill wants to preserve Summerland’s rural nature

District of Summerland: Barkwill, Robert Council candidate

  • Oct. 31, 2014 6:00 a.m.
Richard Barkwill

Richard Barkwill

I was born in Summerland and grew up working on my parents’ orchard and cannery. After obtaining my BSc (Ag.) I worked in Ontario for three years until returning to UBC for my MBA. I am also a CGA and currently work as an auditor. My vision for Summerland is to preserve its rural nature and agricultural industry while fostering development on the non-agricultural land. The Smart Growth website says “agricultural land use generates about a $1 for every 35 cents it costs to service them.”  Municipal land at the foot of Cartwright Mountain can be developed with all the development costs borne by the purchasers and profits funding capital projects instead of the taxpayer. The distance involved in this vision of our future is miniscule compared to developments in Penticton or Kelowna.  I will seek to provide a more open and consultative government.