GIVING YOU A VOICE IN DEVELOPMENT
In my first term, I introduced and worked to pass an important amendment governing the oversight of our downtown development. Prior to my amendment, the city would enter into special deals with developers when taking public land called LDAs. These LDAs were not subject to any oversight by the City Council.
My amendment changed that. Now, before any public land is taken for private development projects, proposed LDAs must be presented and approved by the council. This important step means greater transparency in our city government and accountability to the residents.
We are seeing development of all kinds across the entire city. And while we encourage development and smart growth, these projects can also be cause for concern for the residents of the neighborhoods they affect.
In an effort to increase the voice and engagement of residents in these projects, I will propose the creation of ad-hoc Neighborhood Advisory Committees. These committees have the potential to empower neighborhoods, giving local residents directly impacted by these projects a voice in what is happening in their community.