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General Manager of Development Services and Public Works
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37907 2Nd Avenue
Squamish, British Columbia,V8B 0A7
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Gary Buxton is the General Manager for the District of Squamish.
He says that "Lower Mainland residents have realized you can commute from here and that's probably in the last five years. It's rapidly accelerated in the last three or four." "It's typical that you get your residential arrivals, then the businesses follow when they realize the market has shifted. As businesses realize that some of their customer base has relocated to Squamish, existing enterprises will be inclined either move themselves or open a subsidiary here, says Buxton. Before coming to Squamish, Buxton worked in the planning department for Canmore, Alberta. The two towns share many similarities. Both were industry-driven backwaters, existing in the shadow of their flashy neighbours up the road, Banff and Whistler. They are now both mountain towns with young, recreationally-oriented residents. Buxton sees the draw for the entrepreneurially-minded in these settings,"Entrepreneurs look for great places to live and Squamish is a great place to live." Natalie Scopaz and Gary Buxton from District of Squamish. "The genesis of the plan came about last year and is a consolidation of work done in the last five years," notes Buxton. "I oversee the planning and engineering department and it's a bit of struggle some days to keep on top of managing the change in the community. The challenge is trying to keep the machine running at the pace business wants it to run at," he says. "Council has been good in terms of supporting the economic development function. They've thrown a lot of money at supporting development in the last year and a half," Buxton says.
Gary Buxton, General Manager of Community Planning and Infrastructure
Gary has been at the District since January 2015, having spent the previous 21 years working for a variety of regional and municipal organizations in Alberta, most recently in the Rocky Mountains in Canmore. Gary's principal background is in the area of planning, before moving into senior management at the Town of Canmore in late 2011 where he was responsible for a large portfolio of departments: Planning, Engineering, Facilities, Economic Development and Public Works. Gary's educational background started at the University of London, with a B.A. in Geography, followed by a year at the University of Saskatchewan in the Urban and Regional Planning Program, before completing a Masters in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He also obtained a Certificate in Local Government Management while in Canmore. Gary brings extensive experience balancing prudent long-term community planning with growth and development in an area with geographical and hazard constraints. In his time at the District his leadership has contributed to the organization through his solution focus, relationship building with community stakeholders, and building teams in a time of growth and constant challenge. Gary is looking forward to his updated portfolio, and ensuring that we continue to build relationships between departments, improve service to the community and to excel wherever possible. Outside of work, you're most likely to see Gary on his bike on the trails in Squamish or travelling with his wife to compete in 24-hour solo mountain bike races.
Gary Buxton, Manager of Planning & Development, Town of Canmore, Alberta
- Gary Buxton, Former Manager of Planning & Development, Town of Canmore, AB
General Manager: Gary Buxton, 604.815.6870 or via e-mail.