Candidate Responses - Mayor
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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?
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?
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?
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?
- Implement and support CACs
- Affordable housing
- Commuter rail
- Affordability through housing and transit planning and implementation that focuses on residents relying on public transportation (students, low-income families) and their costs falling within the budgets of average residents living in those areas. Ensuring that the people of Raleigh can rely on consistent public transportation will foster equitable transit for all within our city.
- Utilize ARPA funding on infrastructure. There are only two infrastructure projects that have been approved are simply renovations to the convention center and City Plaza. That money can be allotted for more than just renovations to buildings. It was also allotted to help fix infrastructure such as water and sewer.
- Expand funding for transit services. It is clear that our transit service is floundering- a $35 million federal expansion is great, but being able to use transit that is consistently on time and more available to all should be a priority for the city of Raleigh.
2. Name your top three suggestions for cutting the city's spending.
- Cosmetic facelifts for downtown
- Capital equipment
- Between a growth factor of 3.4%, and a total annual budget of $554 million in 2023, the City of Raleigh should not look towards cutting spending, but rather focus on expedient and efficient ways of utilizing our tax dollars to manage and bolster growth. Our city government must find ways to establish a platform for Raleigh to become a major economic center of the Southeast, while creating an environment for all citizens, regardless of income, to thrive.