In this section, voters will find information, with examples, about how I will govern to provide benefits to township residents and taxpayers. The information is organized in accordance with my campaign platform.
I will do everything that is legally possible to STOP MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT !!!
I will work to protect the Greenawalds area north of Huckleberry Road from MASSIVE, high-density, residential and commercial development. I will represent Greenawalds residents interests by recommending changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance that will preclude MASSIVE development in the Greenawalds area.
I will lead a PROACTIVE effort to limit MASSIVE warehouses and preserve open space and farmland. During the last five years, Lower Macungie Township has taken one of the most aggressive anti-warehouse policies in the Lehigh Valley. Commissioners removed warehouses from their zoning code and enacted an aggressive preservation program that resulted in almost 400 acres preserved. South Whitehall Township Commissioners must take the same PROACTIVE actions to limit new MASSIVE warehouses and preserve open space and farmland.
After decades of no tax increases, South Whitehall Township taxes have doubled during the past five years (See Graph Below). The MASSIVE new development has not delivered the tax revenue required to control tax increases. Our township has clearly developed a financial management and cost control problem. I will exercise strong cost control and eliminate unnecessary spending to ease taxpayers' financial burden. I will implement strict financial audits to find solutions to this problem.
Developers should pay for the infrastructure required for new development and taxpayers should not pay for new infrastructure. For example, taxpayers should not pay to extend water supply and sewer pipelines from Walbert Avenue to the area north of Huckleberry Road for future development in that area.
New development must not create traffic safety hazards in existing and new neighborhoods. For example, I've already made the case with township Community Development that Ridge Farm must not create safety risks for the families and children who live in Country Crossing.
I will lead by example to provide open and transparent government. As a candidate, I will continue to communicate information about the important issues that are discussed at Board of Commissioner and Planning Commission Meetings. I will also continue to encourage residents to attend the meetings to express your viewpoint on these issues.
MAY 21 - PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - STOP MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT !!!