During my term on City Council we dealt extensively with new development. I am a proponent of quality growth within the city of Mansfield. My decisions are made on the feedback from our residents on what they feel is in their best interest. By making decisions on this basis current residents are happy and new potential residents will continue to move to our city which will drive continued growth and lead to the type of development that our citizens want. Mansfield is at a crossroads. What type of city and what type of growth do we want? I have lived in Mansfield for 22 years. My family moved here for the quality of our School System and the quality of life our city offers. With the election of a new Mayor, new Council members, and our hiring of a new City Manager, Mansfield has an opportunity to refine our direction and set new goals. I want the opportunity to lead Mansfield to realize the goals of the citizens of Mansfield.
Ask anyone that I have dealt with. I represent the interests of the citizens of Mansfield first and foremost. I am direct. I say what I believe. I do not have all the answers and am open to the input of others. I work to find balance. I admit my mistakes and work to not make them again. I have 3 years of Council experience. I have 9 years as an MISD Trustee. I understand the significant importance of both the City and our Schools to the future of Mansfield. Maintaining a completely conflict free relationship with the builders, developers, land owners, and anyone that brings projects before the Council has been a high priority. I have not taken any donations, cash or in-kind, since being elected. I will continue this for as long as I serve on the Council. If a conflict of interest presents itself, I will immediately disclose it. Depending on the nature of the conflict I would recuse myself from voting. This allows me to make decisions that are not influenced by outside interests.
This is the single biggest issue of concern for our citizens. Between what is already built and what is zoned and pending to be built Mansfield has far more than enough apartments. Apartments do serve a purpose but there must be limits. The City Council needs to work with Mansfield land owners to negotiate fewer new apartments. Note that I said negotiate. There are a significant number of properties that are already zoned for apartments. Landowners have rights and those rights must be respected. The City Council and City Staff can work with these land owners to find a mutually agreeable development strategy that can find a balance between apartments, single family, and other types of housing that meets the needs of the citizens of Mansfield. Land currently zoned for apartments could be built as other types of development by working with the landowners. This would be a priority of mine if elected Mayor.
Significant effort, resources, and money has been directed towards the revitalization of downtown. Have you spent time there? Sit out in front of Flying Squirrel, Dirty Job Brewing, the new Parklet either early morning or late afternoon. Once you have done this you will understand the following comments. Commuter traffic is entirely too heavy to be able to enjoy Historic Downtown Mansfield. Most commuter traffic is coming to and from south and west of Mansfield. I feel that one lane either direction on the single block of downtown needs to be closed and turned into a median with trees in the middle of the street. This will totally change the feel of downtown. It will result in the commuters taking other routes to avoid this block. Those interested in visiting Historic Downtown Mansfield will experience something totally different from what is currently experienced. South Carolina.
Council and Staff are already planning an additional 10% increase to the current 10% Homestead Exemption in next year's budget planning process. As we continue to grow Council must ensure that the growth that we approve pays its own way. We must be extremely conservative in what incentives and abatements we agree to for new development. By doing this the new tax revenue this growth brings should put the city in the best position to consider additional tax rate reductions in future years.
1) Quantity of apartments being built in the future
2) The type of development that comes to Mansfield
3) Gaining a sense of what type of city it is that our residents want our elected officials to approve
4) Convincing developers that Mansfield can support the quality and content of development that our residents want
5) Bringing the businesses that have the high paying jobs that our residents want to the city of Mansfield
6) Finding a balance of the type of housing products that are constructed in the future
7) Transparency in all that the city does
8) A large public facility to hold events and conferences
9) Balancing our efforts to develop and serve all parts of Mansfield- north, south, east, and west
Lead by example. Promote the policies and actions that are implemented by our City, County, and State.
As of 9/13/2020...me, me, and me