Smart Growth

Streets that are both hard to navigate and unsafe for pedestrians are not “smart.”

Much of District 7 is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, which limits where roads can be built. In addition, the area has only a few main routes, many of our roadways are narrow and winding, many others are overly wide, and too many are unwalkable. Overdevelopment in our area and throughout the county causes serious safety, service-delivery and quality of life concerns

  • We need to develop smartly, which requires careful, strategic community planning that considers the consequences (both good and bad) of adding more homes or commercial properties on every and any empty piece of land.
  • We need to encourage the renovation, redevelopment, and reuse of developed spaces that are in disrepair.
  • We need to ensure that our roadways can handle the traffic development brings, and that more of our streets are safe for all users, including drivers and emergency vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists.
    • We need to work at creating more green and recreational spaces by reclaiming abandoned parcels and buying acreage so it won’t be developed.
    • We need to prioritize projects that promote the natural habitat and our interaction with it. (This work includes but is not limited to creating more hiking and biking trails and providing more camp sites and water access.)

    We should also place an emphasis on providing educational and social opportunities for our children through fun, such as by creating more playgrounds (including those with sensory learning activities), themed hiking trails, nature centers, public swimming pools and water activities. Currently the only way for most children in our district to experience these types of environments is to travel far distances and pay exorbitant prices. The residents of our district should have affordable ways to access, learn about, and experience the rich ecological diversity of where we live.