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 lead a PROACTIVE effort to limit MASSIVE warehouses and preserve open space and farmland. During the last five years, Lower Macungie Township (LMT) has taken one of the most aggressive anti-warehouse policies in the Lehigh Valley. LMT Commissioners removed warehouses from their zoning code and enacted an aggressive preservation program that resulted in nearly 500 acres of preserved farmland. South Whitehall Township Commissioners must take the same PROACTIVE actions. I've reached out to the LMT Commissioner President who has offered to educate SWT Commissioners regarding the creative methods LMT used to preserve farmland so SWT can accomplish the same goal.
I am working to protect the Parkland Farms and Springhouse neighborhoods from the impact due to the proposed large number of apartments on the Parkview Inn property at Route 22 and Route 309. I am representing these neighborhood's interests by researching the Zoning Law and Zoning Ordinances and testifying at the Zoning Hearing Board Meetings.
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.
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. For example, the Township Municipal Building Renovation Project costs have grown to $11.5 million and could go higher without any upper limit on the project cost. 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. Likewise, any increased traffic from new apartments on the ParkView Inn property must not cause any detrimental impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
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. I will implement technology improvements to live stream township meetings to the public.
NOVEMBER 5 - ELECTION DAY