It’s been another incredibly busy year at PODS and although much of what we have achieved has been going on behind the scenes, the PODS Team has not wasted a single day (or night!) in getting PODS firmly off the ground!
The architects and the numerous consultants that we have engaged in order to meet the requirements of the permitting process and make sure we have done all our due diligence, have been hard at work all year - resulting in twenty-one (yes 21!) detailed reports about the viability and practicality of the PODS project. As a result, I am very pleased to announce that on 13th December the first reading of our rezoning application was passed unanimously and unopposed at the SCRD Planning Committee Meeting. So, first of all, I would like to thank all those wonderful consultants for doing such a great job on such a tight timeline – your excitement and commitment to PODS is inspiring and extremely reassuring. I would particularly like to thank Jeremiah Deustcher, our incredible architect and the brains behind the PODS design, who has done so much to help coordinate all these consultants and generally gone way, way beyond the call of duty in every respect! Thank you Jeremiah!
All through this last year the Board of Directors of the Lagoon Society and the PODS Team have been working diligently on strategic planning and developing the PODS Business Plan as well as creating what we call the PODS Operational Model (POM). There would be no point in going to all the trouble of building PODS if it wasn’t going to be able to pay for itself and be sustainable in the long-term. We built POM to make absolutely sure we could deliver on that. POM consists of a gigantic spreadsheet that holds data about all the potential revenue sources, with assumptions that have been widely researched and validated as realistic sources of income, as well as every conceivable cost associated with these activities in very fine detail. Together with a complex combination of algorithms and calculations, POM produces a one-page predicted three-year financial statement and the bottom-line for whatever scenario of different revenue streams you choose. This amazing tool enables us to calculate not only if PODS is viable, but also if it is sustainable in the long term. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT PODS IS BOTH VIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE!!
The draft PODS Business Plan and all the assumptions behind it will be presented at two public meetings coming up in the New Year, one in Madeira Park and one at Irvines Landing. The detailed results of all this hard work will be on display and various consultants will be there to answer questions. We will be asking everyone for their comments and suggestions. We are here to work with the community to come up with a plan that works for us all. Announcements about the meetings will be made very soon and we very much look forward to seeing you all there.
We thank you all again for your continued support and encouragement and particularly to all the staff and hundreds and hundreds of volunteers who have brought us this far!! We could not have done this without you, and the PODS Team salutes this incredible community which we are all so fortunate to be a part of.
Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year and are looking forward to getting down to the nitty gritty on PODS in 2019!!
Warm wishes everyone,
Michael and The PODS Team