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★ Accountability ★
★ Environment ★
★ Responsible Growth ★
Asheville is special. Our natural beauty, mild climate, wonderful historic architecture and creative citizenry are just a few of the qualities that keep us here and make others want to join us. I am running because I think we need to ensure we are honoring Asheville’s people, environment and history as we face our city’s challenges. I love this city and want to make it better for all of our citizens. I would be honored to represent you at city council.
As a council member I will perform my duties responsibly, equitably and with transparency. Community collaboration and fact-finding will guide my decision-making. I want to earn your trust and work to build your trust in our government. more
- Hold myself and our city government accountable for decisions made that impact our health, safety and quality of life.
- I will listen. I support fair and equal opportunities for public input and engagement.
- Hold frequent gatherings to get wider community input.
- Support the work of the reparations committee and welcome solutions to address past and current inequities endured by our Black citizenry.
- Ensure board and commission members receive ongoing support and training from city staff in order to perform their duties effectively.
- Treat all within our community with respect.
We have a responsibility to protect the health, safety and quality of life of our citizens and Asheville’s future generations when making decisions and policies that impact our fragile ecosystems. Our decisions should enhance our city’s climate resiliency and protect our environment. We need to get serious about climate change. more
- Hire an urban forester.
- Improve our storm water infrastructure.
- Address stream and river pollution.
- Support a stronger storm water ordinance.
- Discourage demolition by implementing adaptive reuse and deconstruction ordinances to address climate change.
- Work to expand and promote our transit system (ART).
- Expand city’s composting program.
- Examine proposed changes to open space rules that could negatively impact our tree canopy, wildlife habitats and exacerbate stormwater issues.
- Expand and connect our pedestrian and bicycle path networks.
- Plant more trees.
Our city’s growth strategies need to be respectful of the significance and value of our natural and built environment. Tearing down old buildings won’t make our city more affordable or inviting, we can make better use of the buildings we already have. Let’s honor the unique character of Asheville. more
- I believe affordable housing and historic preservation are NOT mutually exclusive. We can have both!
- Incentivize the creation of affordable housing in existing buildings to provide more affordable units faster.
- Retool Asheville’s land use incentive grant (LUIG) program to allow owners of existing affordable housing and local small-scale developers to participate/benefit.
- Facilitate reuse of inactive commercial property into housing by addressing obstacles in our building code.
- Encourage gentle density through accessory dwelling units and small-scale multi-unit housing.
- Examine our existing vacant housing stock (600+) to help offset our housing shortage.
- Hold conditional zoning cases to higher standards.
- Expect density without demolition of the history and integrity of our neighborhoods.