Victoria Watlington's Ten Commitments
I commit to:
Community-Driven Strategic Planning
Engaging citizens in creating community focused strategic plans: Charlotte is a city of neighborhoods. We must invest in our neighborhood leaders’ education on the local government process, and bring their voices to the table by appointing more District 3 neighborhood leaders to City boards and commissions.
Advocating for cross-functional approach to community planning, working across government entities to increase effectiveness and efficiency: Across departments and agencies, we have to work together. I will work with the City Manager to ensure the organization is designed to deliver a seamless customer experience and innovative, holistic solutions.
Investigating options to expand the City’s toolkit to provide rental and home ownership opportunities for those earning 30-60% AMI: Ownership is the of the game. I commit to advocating for the expansion of the Aging in Place program, down-payment assistance, and home repair. In addition, I support aligning our develop incentives to community aims of providing higher density, mixed income housing near mass transit.
Championing zoning and permitting process improvements to remove barriers to low cost workforce housing development, as well as partnering with lending institutions to enable affordable development financing.
Supporting the public acquisition of land and property to preserve affordable housing, including land trusts.
Advocating for residents for the prevention of rental income source discrimination.
Working with State officials to deliver Vision Zero by improving traffic signals along major corridors and key intersections
West Blvd/Steele Creek/NC-160
S Tryon/NC-49 (Moss Rd, Shopton Rd W intersections)
Working with City and County officials to increase alternative transportation options
Efficient public transit routes (CATS Envision My Ride, rail)
Updating our business recruitment toolkit to attract companies that offer entry and mid-level positions in target industries with career growth options.
Growing business/workforce development programs to increase MWSBE participation in tax increment financed development to meet upward mobility concerns:
Airport expansion and operations
The River District
Rapid transit (Wilkinson Blvd, South Blvd)
NC State Transportation Improvement Plan projects (NC-160, NC-49)