MD councillor hopeing for second term
Foothills: Division One coun. Doug Longson seeks re-election
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 10:53 am
A Foothills MD councillor is hoping to continue his work on plans to manage growth and development in the foothills
Division 1 Coun. Doug Longson announced his intention last week to seek re-election in the Oct. 21 municipal election.
Longson said he wants to see the MD’s growth management plan completed. He said it will help to preserve the landscape and farmland in his division.
“In my area, it’s primarily agricultural and it’s to support the farm community and continue the rural character of this division,” he said. “We have some country residential, but mostly in the northeast closer to Okotoks.”
Longson was first elected to MD council in 2010. Division 1 covers most of the southwest quarter of the MD and includes the Hartell, Longview, Meadowbank and Pekisko Creek areas.
Longson said people in his division have strongly supported reducing the fragmentation of agricultural land.
“The main focus people have is to reduce the fragmentation of farmland and we’ve already seen that with the new Municipal Development Plan that this has been reduced,” he said. “This was a real accomplishment that I’m pleased with seeing that come to fruition.”
Longson said he wants to continue working on initiatives he has been part of on council, such as negotiations over new intermunicipal development plans with Turner Valley and Black Diamond and regional water projects.
“Over the last three years I’ve been involved on many committees on different initiatives and some of the ones that are partially finished, like the quad regional partnership with Black Diamond, Turner Valley and Longview, has been challenging and I’d like to continue working on it to finish it,” he said.
Longson also wants to see flood mitigation projects on the Sheep and Highwood Rivers completed.
“With the recent event it’s an on-going challenge to protect our residents from those high water levels we saw in that flood,” he said.
Prior to serving on council he served on the committee that developed the Municipal Development Plan and he said the growth management plan is an extension of the work on that document.