As we all work to ensure that Falls Church remains the dynamic, successful, and unique City that it has always been, it is critical that we have members on City Council who will make decisions based on what is in the best interest of the people of Falls Church. As the only candidate in this race who was raised in the City, there is nothing more important to me than to make sure that our past is protected, our present is prosperous, and our future is filled with opportunity for both this and the next generation.
I am offering voters a new vision for the future of Falls Church – to make sure the City is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds want to live and can afford to do so.
To make this happen, commercial development remains the most crucial issue facing the City. We need to make sure each development is right for Falls Church and improves our financial situation. If elected to serve on City Council, with every vote concerning commercial development I will consider the following questions:
•Is the financial revenue adequate for the amount of land that will be occupied, especially considering the limited amount of commercial land in the city?
•Is enough office and retail included so we can effectively diversify the city tax base?
•Are there appropriate parking and traffic reducing measures?
•Will this negatively impact our resource and space-limited school system?
•What is the impact to city infrastructure from stormwater runoff and how will this affect the surrounding environment?
•How well do the aesthetics fit in with the city, and the unique feel of Falls Church?
These are the questions that have failed to be taken into account over the past decade, and as a result, we have squandered opportunities to meet our financial concerns.
Moving forward, we must change course while working to ensure that we do not lose what separates Falls Church from other jurisdictions in Northern Virginia.
I have enjoyed meeting many residents over the past few months who seem to share my concerns. I feel I have a responsibility to give back to the city that has given me so much. It is time for fresh eyes to look at old problems, and I will bring this new vision to City Council.
I hope to have your support on May 1st.