Growing up and living on the North Shore means Realtor® Michelle Vaughan is heavily invested and involved in her community’s present—and its future.
In her lifetime, she’s seen numerous businesses leave while housing prices and the cost of living continue to climb.
She took action last year by having a hand in the creation of the Ambleside & Dundarave Business Improvement Area (ADBIA) in West Vancouver, where she currently sits on the Board.
Michelle hopes the ADBIA will be able to provide input into housing solutions that will have a positive impact on the business areas in the future.
“I love living here and I love the community, so I thought what can I do to make it better?” she says.
After a year of weekly two-hour meetings and countless hours of hard work, the BIA was passed through city council last November. The plan is to promote economic viability in the Ambleside and Dundarave neighbourhoods.
“We really want to create a thriving, vibrant, economically viable community for merchants, residents, and visitors,” says Michelle, who works with Royal Le Page Sussex. “We want to bring the neighbourhood back to a place where the streets are busy, the stores are doing well, and there’s a sense of community wherever you go.”
The ADBIA will be involved in the city’s Official Community Plan (OCP), which is where Michelle hopes it can make a difference in the future of these neighbourhoods.
The BIA supports solutions that have a positive impact on the business communities. “We are really encouraging a ‘shop local’ attitude and hoping to create the right business mix so that residents don’t have to leave to community to find what they want”