What’s the most urgent issue facing the county now?
I believe the county is facing development challenges not envisioned 30 years ago when the zoning ordinances were adopted. There needs to be a thorough review of the zoning ordinances, based on analysis of the current land-use trends. And we need a more detailed comprehensive plan that is based on community input.
The pressures I foresee are from development and change. We need to be prepared for more pressure on our zoning ordinance potentially from developers and their desire to change the landscape. We need to be looking ahead five, 10, 20 years out.
I’d say planning for the changes that we’re expecting, such as land-use issues and maintaining our open spaces.
The most urgent issue facing the county now is to review the zoning ordinance, which hasn’t been done since 2004. Another issue is enforcement of the ordinance. Why have an ordinance if you’re not going make people comply with it?