Doug Clark, candidate for at-large Littleton City Council

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Doug Clark has lived in Littleton for 27 years. He is retired from systems and software consulting, and previously worked in machine design, production control and planning, and aerospace engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and has served on city council four times over the last 20 years, twice as mayor.

Contact: doug@ClarkForCouncil.org

Campaign website: ClarkForCouncil.org

Why do you want to serve on the Littleton City Council?

I believe there need to be people on council to represent citizens’ interests. The interests of the citizens are sometimes different than the interests of the staff, the employee unions, and the developers. These differences show up in discussions on taxes verses expenses, services that should be provided by the city, priorities on spending, and how development and redevelopment should happen, to list but a few. I believe my job as a council member is to represent the interests of the citizens.

What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?

By determining the desires of the citizens and making sure those desires are reflected in the Comprehensive Plan and zoning and subdivision codes of the city. While those documents have gone through changes for at least the last 15 years, there are still some areas of the city which are not adequately addressed, like Santa Fe south of Mineral.

That needs to be fixed. The bigger problem right now is the confusion about how existing code should be interpreted, mostly caused by a large turnover in staff. While that situation is getting better this needs more attention by the council.

Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?

The wrong answer is to try and reduce demand by constantly building new housing. That leads to a never-ending increase in density, which destroys our city and quality of life. The most appropriate solution is to not replace the older, smaller, more affordable homes in the city with newer more expensive condos and apartments. Along with that we must ensure the older neighborhoods remain safe and desirable.

What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Littleton?

I think there are some innovative solutions which might help some of our intersections and roadways. For example, it might be possible to reroute the bike lane on westbound Mineral and convert the right-turn lanes into through lanes under the railroad bridge. However, the real solution to the big intersections and roadway congestion is teaming with Colorado Department of Transportation and DRCOG to obtain the funding and attention needed.

What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?

Spending more on streets to fix congestion issues and make sure our infrastructure does not deteriorate. Purchase more open space while the land is available.

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