The second article in our Q&A series deals with Bellaire’s proposed Comprehensive Plan. In this series, candidates receive questions twice per week and have 24 hours to respond with an answer that is less than 300 words long. The answers publish with no editing.
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InstantnewsBellaire asked the candidates this question:
On Monday, the city held a public hearing on Bellaire’s proposed Comprehensive Plan. The plan proposes a “vision” and specific guidelines to shape Bellaire’s future look and feel. Within the plan, what do you think is the most important guideline, and why? If elected, how will you work to ensure that this guideline is implemented?
Here is the answer from Will Hickman, the unopposed candidate for Place 1 on the Bellaire City Council.
The most important guideline in the comprehensive plan is that Bellaire is the “City of Homes.” We are a residential neighborhood where people call home. We are surrounded on all sides by shopping, businesses, medical facilities, and other places of employment. The main focus of our efforts should be to retain Bellaire’s small town neighborhood feel. We should be careful with any additional downtown or RDD development, or implementation of high density or mixed use housing without a clear desire from the residents.
With that said I am not sure what changes the residents do desire, so I have developed a survey based on the major issues in the Comprehensive Plan. I have already received a great response level from those I have sent it to, but I want to hear the opinions of more people. To take the survey, please go to willhickman.com, where there is a link, or access it directly at: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e2lw3ke8g10wr8gd/start
Also, please sign up at willhickman.com to receive future surveys, next month’s will focus on safety issues in Bellaire. I will close this month’s survey Monday morning, and distribute the full unedited results to any individual or group that’s interested in seeing them, and then I will bring the results to Council Monday night.