Sprawl development strikes at the heart of our environmental, economic, social, and physical well-being. It’s enormously difficult to reduce our energy use when our homes and workplaces are widely dispersed. Walkable neighborhoods, close to shopping and schools, will enhance livability.
But we need a better balance between density and infrastructure. New development must respect existing neighborhoods. And infrastructure –schools, roads, and transit – must be available or created to serve new development.
I support smart growth -- Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that locates higher intensity development near transit, with decreasing densities as distance from transit increases. Land use and zoning ordinances and regulations should be evaluated for their support of TOD and revised as needed.
People need public spaces to gather – indoors and out. As part of the effort to strengthen the connection between people and communities, “placemaking” (creating a strong sense of setting, or “place”) positively influences the health and happiness of residents. I support green spaces, safe streets and sidewalks, outdoor seating, and accessible buildings that can be used by people of all ages.