My PLATFORM

My overarching priority

is to strengthen  

socio-economic diversity in Princeton

 

 

 

If elected, I will establish weekly hours to meet with constituents

and

 I would seek to create a vibrant community center to centralize services for the Witherspoon Jackson neighborhood

Issue 1: Housing Affordability 

 

We must find a path to increasing our inventory of housing to serve seniors, young families, service, and blue collar workers who no longer can afford Princeton.

Here are my ideas:

  • Re-zoning to allow for more density through duplexes on single family lots

  • Gaining better control on tear downs and more stringent requirements pre-tear down 

  • Loosen regulations on homeowners who want to improve their properties to age in place

  • Greater municipal investment in affordable housing to meet our obligation, and mix with developer 20% set-asides

  • Overall smart growth solutions for a bikeable/walkable Princeton.

 

 

Issue 3: Creative Solutions to holding down property taxes.

 

Our property taxes price out older residents, municipal employees, teachers, and young families.   There is currently only one state level program in place to freeze tax assessments for Seniors, and it is very limited.  Here are my ideas:

  • Maximize relationships and innovate shared services with School district

  • Create new municipal revenue streams such as ratables for Air Bnbs

  • Increase income through revitalizing business growth

  • Increase the University's contribution through renegotiation of the Voluntary Payment and finding strategic ways to partner with the University and its growth plans

  • Learn from Best Practices in other university towns and find applicable solutions for Princeton

Issue 2: Attract more investment and growth in our local economy 

Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. I believe the municipality can do more to support and encourage entrepreneurship such as:

  • Streamline parking meter rates, reducing rates for first 2 hours 

  • Find real solutions to address the shortage of parking for residents, shoppers and employees in the downtown.

  • Become business-friendly with less regulations on new business build outs and expansions

  • Streamline signage regulations and way finding solutions

  • Invest in our Streetscape project and promotion and outreach of Princeton businesses 

  • Create a “welcome kit” for new businesses on how-to’s of navigating our permitting processes.

  • Encourage expansion of FreeB bus through private funding and better coordination with Tiger Transit

  • Private funding for bike racks to encourage more biking, less parking, in the downtown

 

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