The North Shore Business Improvement Association wants the city’s business community to be top of mind for candidates running in the municipal election.
“It’s about cutting through these red tapes to make the systems fluid,” NSBIA president Jeremy Heighton told KTW. Heighton hopes the two mayoral and 21 councillor candidates will look at the “big picture”, meaning neighbourhoods outside of the city’s core, including North Kamloops, Valleyview and Dallas.
“My concern is anyone that runs for council should be thinking of the big picture,” Heighton said.
He noted improvements that can be made at city hall to help the business community include better access to building permits and business licences. He wants candidates to advocate for streamlining processes and paving the way for easier development and improvements to city streetscapes.
Last year, Heighton noted, a business came to town and made what he called a “significant investment,” but it took almost six months to get the building permit approved, which added costs.
Heighton said business owners need certainty about how long such matters will take.
“That’s what I want people to think about, how do we make it easier to do business in town?” Heighton said.