Accounts for all aspects and externalities; is fiscally prudent, socially responsible, and environmentally sound; ensures equity through long-term performance planning using objective benchmarks and standard metrics
(KPIs); ensures accountability through transparent reporting and accessible publication; and is climate-resilient and low-carbon in its design.
GOAL: to bring my community-focussed personality of engagement, along with my meticulously detail-oriented analytical rigor, and a healthy dose of apolitical team-building collaboration, to the Council agenda and discussion.
Moreover, my expertise can go a long way to ensuring we achieve a balance of
- climate leadership
- budget accountability
- smart growth community development
- low-carbon low-sprawl urbanisation
- economically efficient management of capital & natural assets, resources and land-use policies.
Promises? are difficult in a plurality at large system of collaborative council governance. But I will be a “working Councillor” .
Priority ideas include:
-few ad hoc “notices of motion” which consume a great deal of staff time and resources … preferring rather to build my priories into the consensus agenda and strategic planning, through collaborative efforts with colleagues
-Saanich App with much more than garbage collection calendar
- crowdsourcing bylaw compliance heat maps for enforcement leads
- crowdsourcing infrastructure maintenance priorities
- progressive non-transferable resident-only freemium credits toward services such as Rec centres, park rentals, paid parking/EV charging, utility fees, etc.
- cross-CRD “one stop shop” for parents signing up kids for recreation activities based on: availability, class/location preferences; friends & sibling IDs.
- access to Community Association info, membership engagement
- small business community participation
- municipal programming information based on profile, GPS, etc: resources, events, reminders, etc.
OpenData requirements for staff reporting.
- GIS inclusion of: sidewalks, valuated natural capital assets inventory, ecological health in parks
- Accessible tidy data for annual budgeting process
- <Ctrl+F> functionality, especially in Granicus documents
Following through on Governance Review recommendations Esp. councillor rotating liaising with Community Associations
Increased activation of public spaces:
- food trucks in P4 (not P4N) park and other sticky places in public realm (without onerous TUP requirements)
- Staff-recommended seasonal picnic table areas in 12 designated parks for summer daytime permitted responsible adult liquor consumption
- Curbside patios (seasonal)
- banning/reduction of permitted election signage on public rights of way.
Advocating to AVICC and UBCM resolutions for changes to enabling provincial legislation, e.g. progressive property taxes and utilities; ranked ballots; decreased remuneration for re-elected incumbent politicians; greater and differentiated sources for municipal revenue; improved regional governance for mobility and land-lift TOD density development in the CRD; food security policy incentives.
…also for provincial resources: ICBC and Hydro/Fortis geospatial utility data; Google/WebGiant data on Public realm mobility and utilisation
WalkScore in all staff reports, along with “consultation checklist” incl. Community association and Indigenous leadership organisations
#SaxySaanich / #SmartSaanich / 6thGen BC settler
Trevor Barry was born and raised in the Fraser Valley. He attended the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and holds a BSc degree in Chemistry with a minor in History. Following his studies, he moved to Vancouver Island to work as a Manager of Student Housing at the University of Victoria. Shortly thereafter, Trevor began his career in the BC Public Service as a Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Justice, where his work on the “Green Team” contributed to winning a Premier’s Award.
Since 2010, Trevor has held various positions at the provincial Climate Action Secretariat, including serving as a Senior Economic Advisor on Climate Investments, leading stakeholder engagements on LiveSmartBC, CleanBC, and Carbon Neutral Government, and supporting BC communities in their commitments under the Climate Action Charter. Trevor was also the recipient of a Pacific Leaders scholarship for BC Public Servants, studying land use and transportation under Gordon Price at Simon Fraser University’s City Program.
Trevor serves as an executive on local society boards including the North Quadra Community Association and the Best Coast Big Band. He also serves as a member of Saanich Advisory Committees, and volunteers with organisations such as Variety the Children’s Charity, Easter Seals, and the Great Canadian Beer Festival.
Trevor has been a resident of Saanich, BC, for 15 years where he is a committed community member. He is passionate about the place where he raises his children, and is invested in its future. When he is not working or volunteering, Trevor dedicates his time with his family, RV camping with his kids, and chauffeuring them between sports and other extracurricular activities. In his free time, Trevor enjoys geeking out about electric vehicles and e-cargo bikes, Tolkien and Nintendo. You can also find him walking his Shiba Inu dog, Miya, and attending local events, sampling craft beers, and performing with bands such as recording artists, “Boogie Houser”.
Reason for running
Also, 10y on Community Association - I understand needs and approaches for neighbourhood consultation.
I want to serve the community - levelling up from years’ volunteer work on committees: #UptownDouglas, Parks/Rec, Active Transportation
MEDIA RELEASE, July 5th 2022
Trevor Barry, local musician and Saanich community leader, announces his plan to run for a seat on Saanich Council in the 2022 civic election this fall. He is also putting his name forward to serve on the board of the Capital Regional District.
Trevor is a public service professional with 12 years of expertise in low-carbon mobility and development policies, sustainable regional planning, public safety, and legislation. He has been a resident of Saanich for 15 years. During this time, Trevor has:
- Served as a member of the Executive of the North Quadra Community Association for 9 years, including as President since 2021.
- Been an active member of the District of Saanich’s Active Transportation, Uptown-Douglas, and Parks, Trails & Recreation Advisory Committees. Volunteered in support of his local Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), Easter Seals, Variety Children’s Charity, and co-founded the Best Coast Big Band.
- Regularly attended and actively participated in weekly Saanich Council meetings over the past four years: asking questions, bringing community concerns forward, and making policy recommendations.
Trevor’s campaign will centre on five core priority areas:
Right-sizing density planning:
ensuring that the right housing and services happen in the right places, based on affordability, walkability, transit, and natural assets.
Climate action leadership:
strengthen Saanich’s GHG reduction and climate adaptation strategies. Trevor brings over a decade of expertise in climate action and sustainability to the table, including solutions for low-carbon mobility alternatives and energy efficient buildings.
Supporting small businesses:
advocating for the needs of local businesses, including timely permitting, affordability challenges, and recovering from pandemic health restrictions and labour market disruptions.
Safe and healthy communities:
ensuring safe roads, abundant recreation opportunities, accessible child care, fun and engaging community events, and ample park space for families of all ages, stages and abilities.
Moving Saanich online:
creating user-friendly municipal services, including streamlined online and mobile apps for recreation, parking, park permits, utilities, e-documents, and payments.
Over the next few months, Trevor will engage with Saanich residents on their priorities, to further develop his platform in collaboration with the community.
Bringing Saanich families and community together is one of Trevor’s passions and will be a key feature of his campaign. In early June, he organised a public event at Beckwith Park that attracted hundreds of visitors, complete with free food, activities, bike valet, and live band performances. Trevor plans to hold more events like this over the summer at different parks throughout the community. Trevor also plans to volunteer at community events like the Strawberry Festival, Music in the Park, and the Great Canadian Beer Festival.
General Election Day for Saanich and other BC municipalities is Saturday 15 October.