Fiscal Analysis / Document Review
• Check and double-check all fiscal data and continually look for ways to reduce the tax burden on hardworking Denton families.
• Ensure all financial and debt management decisions are fiscally sound.
• Ensure all ordinances and contracts are properly worded to avoid future problems, including unintended consequences.
• Create incentives for reductions in water use by residents and businesses.
• Revise the Code to promote water conservation:
- Modify building and landscape codes to better conserve water and avoid construction of large concrete retaining ponds.
- Increase use of permeable surfaces.
- Explore use of plants, rather than concrete, to control creek-bank erosion.
- Allow and encourage more onsite use of gray water and retention-pond water in landscape maintenance.
Neighborhoods and Trees
• Protect neighborhoods from inappropriate development and encourage creation
of historic districts.
• Address trees as infrastructure, not just parking lot and landscape ornaments.
• Revise the Code to protect trees better. Give developers more options for working around existing trees (flexibility).
• Protect accessibility by District 4 residents during current and scheduled expansions of Fort Worth Dr. (SH 377), Teasley Lane (SH 2181), Bonnie Brae St. and Vintage Blvd. (SH 2499).
• Improve long-range mobility planning.
- Better assess potential unintended consequences during planning stages.
- Think outside the box in design of streets and roadways.
Development / Code
•Support revision of Planning & Development to be user-friendly for everyone, including:
- Residents undertaking home and business remodels/add-ons.
- Developers pursuing large construction projects.
• Revise the Code for consistency. Resolve conflicting requirements.
• Maximize taxpayer benefit from construction projects by restructuring developer fees and requirements.
• Review and revise construction codes to keep Denton unique, e.g., discourage cookie-cutter development.
• Revise and expand reasonable use of grandfathering, especially re: small businesses.