Duties - The five-member Chesterfield Board of Supervisors is the policy making body of the county. It passes ordinances and approves the annual budget. Members are elected from the five magisterial districts and they choose a chair and vice chair each year. The Board of Supervisors appoints a County Administrator, who directs the county's day-to-day operations.Term - 4 yearsSalary -$37,008 (Vice Chair $38,583; Chair $40,158)
When reviewing and approving development proposals, community input must be considered. We need to do a better job reaching out to our community and finding out what they need and want. People travel outside of Chesterfield weekly to work. By bringing jobs to Chesterfield we can cut daily work travel time and increase family time. As a community, we can work together with people who wish to invest in Chesterfield and find common ground on responsible growth.
Chesterfield County has a bikeways and trails plan in place. When we upgrade our roads, we should be incorporating bike lanes into the improvements. Chesterfield has been utilizing a variety of funding sources to improve interconnectivity in older neighborhoods by building sidewalks and bike trails. I would support the continued upgrade of older roads and neighborhoods to include these types of improvements. When new schools are built, sidewalks are needed so children can walk to school.
Whether it is a condo, apartment or house, developers need to find a way to build at an affordable price. I pledge to work with the development community to find cost cutting solutions. Chesterfield has been working with the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust to develop and maintain permanently affordable homeownership opportunities for low and moderate-income households. I would continue to support this initiative and others such as programs offered by HUD.
Upgrading aging infrastructure such as roads, schools and public safety facilities is an issue that needs to be addressed and funded. The challenge will be funding those initiatives while continuing to provide other services. In the next proposed bond referendum, you will have a voice and a choice on how you want us to spend your money. Managing reasonable growth with timely infrastructure improvements that enhances Matoaca is an issue I am passionate about.
The main objective is to bring a better balance towards residential and commercial growth and ensure that we have the adequate resources to maintain the growth. This will require effective communication to our neighbors regarding the impact of zoning ordinances particularly when assessing what projects have already been approved but haven't come into fruition. Matoaca has certain areas that remain overdeveloped while other areas are underdeveloped. We must find a more equitable solution.
I would support funding for improvements in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure because it is a safety issue and has been expressed as a need from our neighbors. Biking and walking warrant certain safeguards and measures to ensure the safety of its participants.There are certain challenges that drivers may face, while driving that could be avoided with necessary the improvements and infrastructure that could preserve the lives of pedestrians/walkers and while promoting safe driving.
I would support affordable housing in my district so that ALL persons are able to afford to live in the community where they work. Affordable housing comes in many forms whether it is a house, a loft apartment or a community for our aging population. There are certain federal programs that assist with housing such as HUD and Habitat for Humanity. I would also try to develop a working relationship with developers that put the needs and interest of our neighbors first.
Many of our neighbors feel as if developers/outside interests have more influence than they do. Therefore, trust and a better working relationship must be established. Many of our neighbors are concerned with the overdevelopment in certain parts or our District and the lack of resources to accommodate the development. A more equitable approach regarding development, education, housing and resources is needed. In Matoaca, "one size does not fit all", the district is extremely diverse.