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Louisville Mayor At-Large

The Mayor of Louisville serves a 4-year term, limited to two consecutive terms. The Mayor is a full voting member of the Louisville City Council and presides over meetings of the City Council. The Mayor is generally also a liaison between the city and other governments and organizations. The position of Mayor is currently compensated at $13,320 per year. Benefits include an annual membership to the Louisville Recreation Center, membership in the city's health insurance programs in which any premiums will be paid by the Mayor, and the option to contribute to a 457 account through the City's retirement plan. The Mayor can expect to spend an average of 20-30 hours per week on City business. This time includes preparation for and participation in regular meetings and study sessions, as well as other standing board and committee meetings and general City business.

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What action would you take to use effectively, the vacant and soon-to-be vacant business locations in the McCaslin corridor?

What issues do you see surrounding management and maintenance of open space and parks?

What steps should the city take to reduce its impact with respect to climate change?

Describe any changes the city should make in how it supports the arts?

Considering the cost of living in Louisville, what actions would you propose to preserve and expand affordable housing, including Accessory Dwelling Units?

Background I have lived in Louisville for 25 years. I am married to Karen Brown and we raised our two children, Donny and Katie, in Louisville. Education: B.A., Economic History from Northwestern University in 1984. J.D., University of Colorado School of Law in 1989 Civic Involvement: Louisville City Council (2000 - 2007) Mayor Pro-Tem (2005 - 2007) Bus. Retention & Dev. Comm., Chair (2004 - 2007) Home Rule Charter Commissioner (2001) Board of Adjustments (1996 - 1999) Youth In-Line Hockey Coach (1998 - 2004) Tree Board (1994 - 1996) Chair, Louisville Senior Foundation Denver Regional Council of Governments Administrative Committee MetroVision Issues Comm. Ad Hoc Comm. on Transportation Funding Criteria Ad Hoc Comm. on Urb. Growth Boundary (“UGB”) Criteria Ad Hoc Comm. On Transportation Funding Criteria Ad Hoc Comm. On UGB Policy Ad Hoc Comm. On 2035 Metro Vision Update Professional Background: Law Clerk Colorado Attorney General’s Office (12/89 - 3/90). Assoc. Atty Cutler & Stanfield (4/1990 - 10/93) Law Office of John D. Musick, Jr. (11/93 - 3/96) Partner Clark & Brown (3/96 - 12/97) VP, Bus. Dev Powerworx (1/97 - 10/99) Pres. & CEO TechBulter (11/99 - 6/00) VP, Bus. Dev. Zenodata (7/00 - 3/01) VP, Bus. Dev. Flatirons Capital (4/01 - 11/04) Founder Optimal Blue – Mortgage Fintech Company (11/04 - Present) Community Experience: Colorado Municipal Leaguem -- Ad Hoc Committee on Tax Policy YMCA of Boulder Valley Board of Directors Activate America Chairperson Community Development Committee Chair Strong Kids Campaign Campaign Co-Chair Division Leader Team Leader Youth T-Ball Coach Parent/Child Program Tribal Chief Youth Ice Hockey Coach Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors Chair University of Colorado School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors President Avista Adventist Hospital Golf Tournament Organizing Committee University of Colorado Athletic Department Mentor Program Mentor for Student/Athlete
Contact phone 303-883-2537
Twitter @brownfor80027
The McCaslin corridor commercial area was designed for the big-box era in a time that Louisville’s population was growing. It allowed us to finance decades of municipal operations and major improvements. Things have changed. Not only has the acceleration of online shopping changed the retail landscape, our neighbors have matured and now have their own attractive retail options.

We now have significant commercial areas that are either vacant or in jeopardy. Louisville’s current land-use models are predicated on that earlier time. We must adjust. Louisville needs a pro-active, realistic plan that will re-activate these areas while respecting and fostering our history and small-town character.

We can be innovative by creating attractive, walkable and retail-rich gathering centers. I will bring a pro-active, collaborative style to Louisville that will get our council and our citizens to working together as a team to accomplish tangible results on the McCaslin Area.
Louisville has been aggressive in creating a network of parks and open space areas that are enjoyed by all of our citizens. We now have a secure source of funding for the management of those spaces and facilities.

Because we have only a few minor open space purchase opportunities that are still available, the challenges going forward will mostly focus on maintenance and use conflicts. When I helped draft our current Open Space Ordinance, we were careful to identify which uses were allowable on which spaces. We need to work with our Open Space Board to review these designations regularly to ensure that any conflicts that arise are addressed in a way that keeps these areas as community assets for all.

Regarding parks, we need to always focus on maintaining our sales tax revenue base so that we have the funds to keep our parks attractive and usable. I will work hard to foster appropriate economic development that will ensure continued funding for park maintenance and improvements.
Louisville can be a leader in municipal strategies for sustainability. We have a comprehensive sustainability action plan that we have been working to implement and should continue to do so. We must also revisit that plan regularly to make sure that it encompasses the latest science and the latest strategies and solutions.

Sustainability has to be an aspect of ever every decision we make. While I understand that there may be practical and fiscal restraints, we need to endeavor to do things differently where possible to maximize our sustainable efforts and be a leading municipality nationally.

The City also can be a leader in creating community-wide goals and projects that raise awareness and create opportunities for collaboration to achieve tangible goals. For example, let’s set a goal to reduce solid waste by a certain percentage by 2025. These are the type of goals I would like to see us rally around as a community.
Arts are a vital component of any community and Louisville has a strong tradition of supporting the arts. However, there are always opportunities to improve.

We can explore artist-in-residence programs that bring nationally acclaimed artists to town to collaborate with our arts community.

We can, and should, invest in more public art. Public art would enhance any neighborhood including downtown, our parks and any re-development opportunities in the McCaslin corridor and the Phillips 66 properties.

We also can foster collaboration between our arts organizations and other organizations including the YMCA, Imagine! and other area non-profits.

My wife Karen was a founder of one of our local youth theater organizations. Because of her, I have long been attuned to and a supporter of our arts community and will bring that perspective to the Mayor's seat.
Affordable housing is a difficult challenge. Currently, long-time residents have no alternatives if they want to leave the homes where they raised their families. We need to create alternatives that provide options for them to stay in Louisville while possibly enabling them to pull some equity to facilitate their retirement. This will free up space for young families to occupy existing single-family homes. We also need to create places that allow our young adults to stay in Louisville.

We can be innovative by creative solutions that address both these segments. Co-housing (Duplexes where empty nesters rent smaller, attached units to young adults) and ADU's are part of the solution. There are many accessory dwelling units in our neighborhood downtown. They seem to be acceptable community uses and I would advocate that we continue to explore those uses.

These efforts will keep families together in Louisville and promote our small-town character.
Background Proven Leader: Elected to City Council in 2013 and 2017. Elected by Denver Regional Council of Governments to serve on the Executive Committee and Regional Transportation Committee Deep Colorado Roots: My family came to Colorado in 1876, I grew up in Evergreen Colorado and proudly made Louisville my home in 2006 Strong Work Ethic: Graduated first in my class from Colorado School of Mines with a Degree in Chemical Engineering. Work experience at large and small corporations. I currently work for a startup in Boulder Love of the Outdoors: My favorite pastimes include walking the Coal Creek Trail, working in my vegetable garden, or sitting with friends on one of the outdoor restaurant patios around town
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We have received great public feedback on the McCaslin area: food halls, a Fry’s, parks, teen space, artistic space and an uncrowded feel. We rely on commercial property to fund our government. Even with the current vacancies the McCaslin area is the largest revenue-producing area for our city. A restructuring from commercial to residential space in this area would create a large deficit for the city government to fill either by cutting services or raising taxes. To avoid this and revitalize the area, we need to amend the General Development Plan (GDP) to allow entertainment uses on the properties and require as part of the amendment that the property owners amend their restrictive covenants to allow retail uses that are precluded today. Aside from the asking sales price of the old Sam’s property, The GDP and covenant restrictions were called out as the two primary factors that are preventing tenanting the space in the McCaslin Area Development Study.
Open Space crowding, upkeep of play structures, and herbicide use are all issues facing the city. I am proud to be able to report that we have added to both the parks system and the Open Space system since I was elected which helps mitigate the impacts of our growing region and the conflicts on open space that are created with overuse. As Mayor, I will continue to represent the community and acquire key properties that the citizens have identified as critical for completing our parks and Open Space system. I support our playground replacement program to keep our neighborhood parks in good condition so the structures are safe and relevant. Last, herbicide overuse in the city is a problem many residents are concerned about. I have supported the end to spraying the areas around playgrounds in response to citizens’ concerns. I support expansion of the program beyond those areas through alternative weed mitigation.
Climate change is the number one threat for our generation. Since I have joined Council, we have taken the first steps in becoming more sustainable as a community through adoption of the first Sustainability Action Plan, increasing the amount of renewable energy we use in municipal facilities to over 50%, and partnering with Xcel Energy to study and then implement actions to reach our community-wide emission reduction goals. Our major sources of carbon emissions in Louisville are from electricity, fuel used for transportation, and natural gas. We need to focus on reducing our emissions from these sectors in order to be able to realize the necessary emissions reductions. In addition to reducing our emissions, I support carbon sequestration from the atmosphere by using our parks and agricultural open spaces to implement healthy soil practices that allow us to take carbon out of the air and put it back into the soil.
Louisville has an extraordinary artistic community. We need to better represent this to outsiders and enable more creative artistic input into civic projects and events. Since I joined City Council, the City (under the leadership of the arts community) has developed and started implementing an Arts Master Plan. We need to continue to implement this vision. One of the most exciting opportunities that I have been able to support is our Arts Grant Program. We budget for and provide funding to our Cultural Council so that they can award grants to arts programs throughout the year. Many people know about the Cultural Council Thursday Concerts in the Park. In addition to that, there is an incredible lineup of talent that has performed or showcased to our community as a result of the arts grants. We need to continue these programs and expand them into the McCaslin area.
Housing affordability is a Front Range issue that we need to work on regionally. I am very supportive of the Regional Housing Strategy, a collaborative effort being led by the County and joined by our local municipalities. It includes a goal to have 12% of housing inventory permanently affordable by 2035. There are several tactics in the plan that are a good fit for Louisville including: protecting our mobile home park by facilitating it becoming a resident-owned community and modifying the zoning to eliminate the redevelopment pressure that exists today, and buying existing housing in our neighborhoods and converting it to affordable housing. Instead of pushing lower-income residents into one concentrated area, this approach has the benefit of integrating the community so that neighbors can help neighbors & kids and families are not stigmatized by having good and bad neighborhoods.