Much of District 7 is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and it’s tributaries which limit where roads can be built. In addition, there are only a few main routes that head North and South, East and West. Many of our roads are narrow and winding. Overdevelopment in the District is becoming a headache for everyone and causes serious safety concerns.
We need to do whatever it takes to stop developers from building in much of the district and instead focus on better roads to mitigate traffic and increase emergency accessibility. We need to work towards providing more green space and recreational opportunities for our communities by reclaiming abandoned parcels and buying acreage previously designated for development. Then we need to fund projects that promote the natural habitat and our interaction with it. This includes but is not limited to more hiking and biking trails, camp sites and water access.
There should also be an emphasis on educational opportunities for our children through play; more and better playgrounds with sensory learning activities, themed kids trails, nature centers, public pools and water activities for toddlers. Currently the only way for kids in our district to experience these types of environments is to travel far distances and pay exorbitant amounts of money. Supporting our kids and families shouldn’t be an afterthought, it should be a priority. The people of our district should have affordable access to learn about and experience the rich ecological diversity of District 7 available in District 7.