Candidate Responses - District A
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#1 Full Questionnaire
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#2 Comparison of Candidate Responses
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#1 Full Questionnaire
#2 Comparison of Candidates’ Responses
1. Do you think short-term rentals deplete housing stock?
2. Are you concerned about commercial entities buying up local housing stock?
3. Will you support improving affordable housing as a priority in all future development projects and rezoning applications?
4. Will you encourage developers to offer conditions to include some affordable housing or other community benefit as part of rezoning requests?
7. Will you find a way to require developers to replace affordable housing stock that is lost due to their project?
8. Will you support asking the NC General Assembly to allow cities/towns the ability to use inclusionary zoning?
TRANSPARENCY / DEVELOPER INFLUENCE
1. Will you commit to holding all public meetings in public and not avoid the law by meeting in groups of four or smaller?
3. Will you commit to requiring developers to offer tangible community benefits in exchange for approving rezoning requests?
4. Will you support a formal, city-staffed process of developer/neighborhood meetings for rezoning and development projects?
4. Will you solicit input from the CACs in your deliberations, including zoning requests?
5. Will you allow both virtual and in-person comments at Council meetings, based on the speaker's preference and/or need?
6. Will you allow at least 3 minutes per speaker at public comments regardless of the number of speakers?
7. Will you acknowledge concerns presented during Council public comment periods and address during meetings or with public follow-up?
8. Will you support scheduling elections to allow enough time for effective primaries and run-offs to occur?
9. Do you support adding more Council district seats?
1. Will you support enacting policies that will protect and grow Raleigh's tree canopy?
2. Will you support enacting policies that will protect our water supply and quality?
3. Will you support developing stricter requirements for landscape buffers for rezoning and development?
NEIGHBORHOOD QUALITY OF LIFE
1. Will you enact and enforce tougher regulations to manage nightlife on Glenwood South, Paula Street, and other troublesome areas?
2. Will you support more technical assistance for neighborhood participation in rezoning and development applications in their areas?
3. Will you support expanding the development of Small Area Plans for more neighborhoods that are at risk of gentrification or extinction?
4. Will you pledge to honor and follow existing Small Area Plans when they impact planning and other decisions?
5. Will you commit to honoring existing NCODs (Neighborhood Conservation Overlay Districts) and HODs (Historic Overlay Districts) and to consider future requests to create NCODs and HODs?
1. What are your top three spending priorities for Raleigh?
- Infrastructure Investments. Particularly in ensuring our public transportation is faster, frequent, reliable, and free; Addressing stormwater management and flood control specifically in the areas that have a history of floods, and equitable and sustainable development that does not displace people or harm the environment
- Affordable housing. Halting rezoning that does not include affordable housing and maintaining current affordable housing units.
- Community and economic development.
- First Responder Pay and City Employees where needed to fill empty positions with qualified people.
- Public Works and Parks Maintenance
- Engineering Services and Transportation
- Infrastructure improvements
- Public health & safety personnel and oversight
- Budgeting of remaining funds from 2020 Affordable Housing bond
2. Name your top three suggestions for cutting the city's spending.
- Enact a fair City budget that relies on progressive, sustainable revenue streams and avoids cuts to essential social services
- Make Raleigh more accountable and democratic by reforming City Council rules and providing more avenues for meaningful public input.
- Reduce inequality through smart and accountable economic development.
- Outside auditing of city operation and capital projects
- Breaking down the spending Greenway Projects (I am pro greenway)…I do not believe we are getting our money’s worth on these projects. We are building sidewalks on floodplain land and the projects and the projects are measured in millions. Also if we build them better then maintenance will be less…Many of the bridges are not built well.
- I am not in favor of bonds for nonessential projects and funding corporate moves into the area. We need to have developers and corporations chip in their fair share. Bonds just push the problem into the future. Not totally against bonds, but we need to work within our means.
- Expedited review of infrastructure-related improvements
- City Manager audit of waste/inefficiency
4. Will you support more equitable allocation of budget funds across City districts and ensure that projects and services are not concentrated in any one district?