The FUTURE of Waltham
TIME FOR A CHANGE? TO WHAT?
MY OPPONENT HAS ALREADY PROVIDED US WITH A PREVIEW OF HIS LEADERSHIP FOR WALTHAM.
DO YOU KNOW?
MY OPPONENT AND HIS DEVELOPER FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS ARE OVER-DEVELOPING OUR CITY.
ADVANCE DEVELOPERS’ AGENDA
BURDEN RESIDENTS, TAXPAYERS, RATEPAYERS WITH OVER-DEVELOPMENT, HUGE TRAFFIC, MORE ROAD REPAIRS, MORE SEWER FLOW AND NOW THE BILL, TOO!
COLLECT DEVELOPERS’ DOLLARS
• votes for City Council Special Permits allowing developers to build super-sized projects. Now, as a candidate for mayor, he complains about traffic. He should look at his 17-year Council voting record.
• contacts outside media (Banker & Tradesman and Boston Globe) to complain about what’s wrong with Waltham (in the eyes of the developer and him), and he is going to fix it all! He’s only going to make it worse.
• advocates for and gets City Council approval for a reduction of the number of required parking spaces for a large 128 developer whose employees and CEO have made campaign contributions to him.
My opponent complains all the time that the Mayor has no plan.
• 3/21/2005 Mayor submits specific recommendations to the City Council.
• 6/11/2007 The City Council deliberately adopts a Master Plan by Resolution.
By City Ordinance, Resolutions are non-binding. So, the City of Waltham has a non-binding Master Plan
My opponent was one of the co-sponsors of the non-binding Master Plan Resolution passed by the City Council on June 11, 2007.
• He did nothing then or since then to make a Master Plan binding. So who has No plan? The City Council.
• 2/6/2014 The Mayor asked the City Council to allow the City Planner to coordinate developers’ projects.
• As a member of the Council’s Ordinance and Rules Committee, he has done nothing to move the City Planner’s role forward. The matter is still tabled in his Committee.
• The City Planner is not able to plan as is generally done in other communities.
The City should have a binding Master Plan. Why?
A Master Plan is designed by the state to be a blueprint of the community on 9 elements, including goals and policies, land use, housing, open space and recreation, transportation, economic development, and to provide a basis for decision-making regarding development, with community involvement.
And now...D... DEVELOPERS’ MASTER PLAN RULES...