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Please check this video to learn more about me and my agendas. Many thanks to HCTV.
As Northern Virginia has become home for many people, we now have a unique challenge to provide housing options to people with different level of income and different needs for housing. This can be addressed if we have multimodal housing choices ranging from studios to higher ends. Affordable and workforce housing is another issue that should be addressed in order to make sure our workforce can stay within the community.
Herndon has truly become a majority minority town. As of now, it is not truly reflected at policy making level. Our boards, commissions and council is not as diverse as the town itself. This is a time to make sure we extend our community outreach and bring people from diverse background into policy making positions. The strength of the diversity can truly be realized once we have similar diversity at our boards, commissions and council. I will seek to form a "Multi-Cultural Board" in the town which can truly bring the best out of the diversity we have in the town.
This involves making the decision making process as transparent as possible. We want our constituents to know not only the decisions we make but also the process through which we reach the decision. Therefore, I will work to make sure both work session and public hearing is video streamed live through HCTV and through suitable social media platform such as Facebook.
We will also make sure the town processes and information are transparent and easily accessible to people.
There are many guidelines, ordinances and regulations in the town which are less relevant than when they were initially adopted. It’s time to conduct independent studies as well as surveys to find out how these guidelines and ordinances can be updated or amended to better serve the current needs. This includes zoning ordinances, HPRB guidelines and many others.
With the Silver Line Metro coming, the developments including the Herndon Transit-Oriented Core (HTOC) and Transit Related Growth (TRG) area serve both the biggest opportunities as well as the biggest challenges. How we define and inspire growth in this area translates into long term fiscal viability/sustainability. By attracting businesses and employers, by providing diverse housing options to people and thus by collecting more revenues for the town, we can, in turn, invest in the neighborhood by enriching quality of life through various services we can offer.
We’ve updated the masterplan adding more projects in the pipeline to add more sidewalks, making sidewalks ADA compliant and encouraging walkability and bikeability. Connecting the town to the Silverline
through walking and biking lanes is my priority.
6 out of 8 candidates of Herndon Town Council attended the community Q&A (Virtual) and answered some of the questions by the residents. Here is the recording. Thanks to Steven Porter for the video.