I think increasing Invermere boundaries to include the existing communities on the north and east sides of the lake is a great idea. This will increase the tax base significantly.
Certainly there will be costs to accompany this expansion, but Im sure there would be positive cash flow. More mixed land use should be made available as well in appropriate locations. Some of this increase in revenue could be utilized to market Invermere as a good place to locate certain types of business and assist the downtown business association with planning and marketing with the goal of achieving a more robust and stable economy for our existing downtown businesses. This will benefit everyone including the homeowners on the east side of the lake.
Without growth in the tax base, Invermere will continue to lose services and population.