Candidate for City Council District 1 – Roger Carson
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Candidate for City Council District 1 – Signe Lindell
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1. Amend City Policy and/or Advocate for Amended New Mexico Legislation that:
Allows the option for City Approved Independent Third-Party Plan Check (TPPC) companies to work with applicants in the permit process; and
SUPPORT – We could amend, dependent on New Mexico Legislative approval. I would be happy to work with our lobbyist and personally spend time at the Roundhouse promoting this.
Allow certain HERS rater inspections mandated for compliance with the Santa Fe Residential Green Building Code to qualify as official inspections, making a second redundant City Staff Inspection unnecessary.
SUPPORT – I would be happy to sponsor this immediately.
Engage outside consultants to help administer improvements and train city staff and design & construction industry stakeholders on Citizens Self Service (CSS) portal (Residential Express, Commercial Express, Trade and Secondary permits), the Land Use Website; and review and propose updates to Chapter 14 – Land Development of the Municipal Code.
SUPPORT. I would ask the Land Use Working Group to complete a proposal on this and bring it to the Council.
Employ data from Compensation and Classification Studies from previous and upcoming 2022 studies to adjust pay scales, in order to retain and attract skilled personnel at Land Use;
SUPPORT – we need to pay a competitive wage and increase staffing. We increased the budget by nearly 20% but it isn’t enough to meet our needs.
2. Our built environment in 20 years is exciting to imagine – technology will offer us methods, techniques, and materials we currently can’t know. Our permitting will all be electronic and FAST. Carbon neutral will be a given. Our water use will be vastly improved, using all of our water. Zoning will allow for more density and height. The sprawl we have fostered will look very different. The built environment will need to be considered in conjunction with transportation, economic development, recreation, and sustainability.
2. SUPPORT This is essentially talking about zoning, which in turn means density. If we are to stop sprawl, we will need to build higher to allow for increased density. We have to address these issues in order to minimize neighborhood upheaval. We need an updated plan; however, considering that we have few sizable tracts of buildable land, it would be wise to do the planning in sections, to avoid being outdated by the time projects are complete.
3. SUPPORT – I have a solid voting record in favor of water conservation. As a city, since 1995, we are using 33% less water with a 25% population increase. Residentially, we have done well with water conservation, and it is time to focus on multi-family dwellings and commercial use.
4. SUPPORT green space. Everything about green space makes life better. Of course, it needs proper planning, and in our desert environment, it is challenging to meet our sustainability goals but it makes life better for residents. I theoretically SUPPORT a commercial footprint. I think it can be very challenging to get to a point of occupancy but I would support the concept with a minimum size development to be mandated.