We Must Address the Housing Crisis
The County Has a Role in Addressing the Housing Crisis
I plan to use the County Commission to help address the housing shortage. Zoning and many tools for housing development rest with Townships, but the County Commission controls appointments to the Land Bank Authority, Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and Road Commission. These boards have direct or indirect influence on housing development; the Board of Commissioners needs to make sure that the appointees understand the urgency of the housing problem and that they work on projects to support housing development of a variety of different types.
The County has a largely unused fund for housing rehabilitation; this was proposed and I believe used to help East Bay residents north of the Airport connect to municipal water when PFAS was detected in their well water. Use of this fund should be expanded to keep houses from turning into tear-downs.
The County should have a role in regional planning and should re-institute the planning effort.
Traverse Connect (also known as the Chamber of Commerse) issued a set of questions for County Commission candidates. This category collects my responses to those questions.
The League of Women Voters -- Grand Traverse Area submitted a questionaire to candidates for County Commission. This category collects my responses.
Understanding a candidate's positions on issues is sometimes only available in video recordings of meetings and candidate forums.
Much of political campaigning today is done via social media; here are some of the social media posts that I've published, edited and adjusted for a different platform.
The Grand Traverse County Jail is an aging facility with many physical and operation problems that have made the news.