Wednesday, October 14, 2009
City of Milton Election News
Dear Milton Friends,
My name is Bernard Wolff, and I am running for the Milton City Council (District 1, At-Large) out of deep concern over the future of our community.
When we joined Milton, you and I were promised a rural atmosphere with limited government and low taxes. Unfortunately, what I have observed in Milton planning meetings and in the decisions made by my opponent to date are not in conformance with the promise we were given. Emphasis is less on the citizens' quality of life, and more on increasing city size and revenues through "inevitable" development. Quiet "dealings" murmur in the shadows.
What is being promoted are "commercial development areas" that do not take into account their impact on our "quality of life," existing businesses that serve the community, or traffic - things that WE deeply care about.
I support the rural, low density and primarily residential community we were promised with balanced growth in defined areas. I prefer development that enhances our quality of life and long term value, and does not contribute to urban sprawl. This should occur in commercial areas that have already been identified by citizens and that are in concentrated "nodes." These nodes should blend with the surrounding community, designed in conformance with neighborhood standards, and supply the services that we want. Variances and expanded density beyond predetermined boundaries should be the rare exception and not the rule.
My vision of proper development is echoed in the fundamentals of the existing land use plan for Milton. People did not vote to become a city because they wanted Milton to become overdeveloped and dense. We are a unique community model that needs to be protected and not compromised.
I grew up here and love this land. I do not want to see its beauty destroyed in the same manner as other communities in which I have lived. I am sure you feel exactly the same.
Why can't we have the Milton we were promised? A wonderful, rural, low tax, non-intrusive government will result in increased land values, a quality of life that will attract a self-reliant and dynamic citizenry, and lower demand for government-based services. Remember that this is an "at-large" election. Candidates live in the district in which they run; however, all citizens in all districts elect them. There are less than 3 weeks until the election. Time is of the essence. Please vote for me, Bernard Wolff, on November 3rd to ensure that our future is what we were promised.
Thank you for your support and encouragement.
Bernard W. Wolff
1000 Lackey Road
Milton, GA 30004
Paid for by Bernard Wolff Election Committee
What Bernard Stands For
To ensure that Milton does not become the town we fled, but the unique town we were promised, we must take deliberate action to safeguard the promise.
On Growth and Development, I will:
Support appropriate, high quality development that promotes a variety of housing options and shopping conveniences,and adheres to our development standards without setting the stage for sprawl.
Protect our rural landscapes, open spaces, streams, and other waterways against overdevelopment and inappropriate density.
Adhere to the land uses detailed in Milton's 25-year Comprehensive Plan
Oppose extension of sewer service beyond where it is now for the long term.
On Parks and Recreation, I will:
Work to acquire additional green space and pocket parks over time and protect them in the long term.
Develop our existing parks using grants and other sources of funding.
Ensure that a balance of active and passive uses is based on residents' needs.
Leverage our rural and equestrian charm in park designs - consistent with our mission and vision - capable of satisfying all segments of our citizenry.
On Fiscal Responsibility, Taxation, and Size of Government, I will:
Be conservative with your tax dollars and oppose tax increases.
Set as my top spending priorities -- fully equipped and effective police and fire departments, repair and enhancement of Milton's infrastructure, and development of parks and recreational facilities.
Keep the size of our government limited and sustainable.
Posted by Accessmilton Admin at Wednesday, October 14, 2009