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Please check this video to learn more about me, our accomplishments in the last 4 years and my agendas for the upcoming election. Many thanks to HCTV.
Pradip Dhakal addressing the council about Herndon Diversity, Equity an Inclusion Committee before its adoption
As the population is growing, the traffic speeding issues, parking issues and pedestrians safety issues within our residential streets are growing. I commit to work on finding short term mitigation and long terms solutions to speeding, parking issues and safety issues to pedestrians. I will be advocating to ensure all the residential streets have ADA compliant sidewalks on both sides that is safe to walk with strollers, wheel-chairs and with kids. Also, I will be pushing for keeping the utilities (electric wires and cables) underground making the side-walks safe and wide.
I am proud to announce that we have established Herndon Diversity, Equity an Inclusion Committee (HDEIC) as an advisory committee to the town council. As a Chair of HDEIC, I commit to work with the committee to bring initiatives, events and programs to recognize, support, empower and celebrate the diversity we have in our town. 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.
This is work in progress that we started few years back. 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 worked with the council to make sure both the work session and public hearing were video streamed live through HCTV and the video recording were available afterwards.
We will also make sure the town processes and information are transparent and easily accessible to people.
There is another work in progress and needs continuity. 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, HDRB guidelines and many others.
We updated the HDRB guidelines that was not updated for the past 30+ years, amended and enacted chapter 42 related to Motor Vehicle and traffic, about parking on town streets, amended Chapter 78 (Zoning) to eliminate Special Exceptions requirement for internal or attached and detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in Single Family Structures.
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.
I have known Pradip for several years. I enjoy his friendship, and I am proud of the professional relationship we have developed as elected officials representing the Town of Herndon. Pradip is an approachable, caring and action-oriented leader who always strives to act in the best interest of the Town and his constituents. I appreciated his outreach efforts when he initiated and led adoption of the Herndon Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. I am impressed by this important effort, and I am confident the committee will make significant contributions.
Pradip is the engaged and approachable leader Herndon needs. He is committed to solving issues that matter to Herndon, like cut-through traffic, and he is a result-oriented and solutions-driven person who will make sure every resident's voice is heard. I am happy to support his campaign.
I endorse Pradip for his re-election as Herndon town council member. He is a true representative of his constituents who constantly listens to his constituents for the issues, concerns and recommendations they have. He then advocates and champions those ideas to really work for the people he serves. This is the kind of leadership needed in the local government.
Herndon Town Council Member (2019-2020, 2021-Present)
Chair at Herndon Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (HDEIC) (2022-Present)
Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission-Town of Herndon Representative (2021-Present)
Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA)-Board of Director (2021-Present)
Nepali American Community Center (NACC)-Interim Executive Committee Member (2019-2021)
Inter-Jurisdictional Committee of Loudoun and Fairfax-Member