Shawn Pankow Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Shawn Pankow
Municipality: Smiths Falls
Position Sought: Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Certified financial planner for Pankow Financial Solutions Ltd.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Elected to council in 2010 and as mayor in 2014.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): For over 10 years I have served on the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation including a term as chair. I volunteer for Together Smiths Falls for Movies Under The Stars, Music in the Park, Celebration of Lights; and I have served on numerous boards and committees as a member of council.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Manage growth and maintain the momentum; infrastructure; and development of lifestyle improvements.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Growth: We will be experiencing growth far above the rate previously forecasted in our Official Plan. We need to update our zoning by-law. Rising property values will help the majority of people in our community, but we need to deal with a housing crunch that may make housing less affordable for many. We need to continue to welcome international investors and entrepreneurs.
Infrastructure: We will need to update our growth forecasts and our long-term financial plan. The expansion of our tax base will provide us with opportunities that did not previously exist. With proper planning we will be better prepared to increase our investment in our infrastructure, and provide some relief to taxpayers. We will continue to press the province for our allocations.
Lifestyle: In addition to enabling choice of housing stock for new and existing residents, we need to continue to add enhancements that will make Smiths Falls an even more attractive place. That means completing the Beckwith Street redevelopment, enhancing our waterfront, improving our recreational assets and potentially adding amenities that the community has long wanted, but could not afford.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): Tracey and I own commercial and residential properties, and I own Pankow Financial Solutions Ltd. which also owns property.