Kyle Schlachter has lived in Littleton for eight years. He is the outreach coordinator for the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Tennessee.Contact: Kyle4Littleton@gmail.comCampaign website: www.Kyle4Littleton.comWhy do you want to serve on the Littleton City Council?New ideas make communities flourish. It seems the same faces and same voices have been involved in Littleton politics for quite some time. Our community needs a fresh perspective and a new attitude. Too much fear, anger and divisiveness has been driving the discourse in Littleton. We need to take a holistic approach to our challenges and opportunities and focus on bigger issues than individual buildings. I plan to work for the good of all of Littleton.What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?The first step is to update the Comprehensive Plan to fit our current situation. We need to hear from as many voices in community as possible to create a vision for what we want Littleton to look like in the future. Part of this process is understanding that Littleton is a part of a larger community and is a desirable place to live. Healthy, safe and dynamic cities are always in the process of change. Working with our citizens and business partners, city council needs to adopt policies that proactively manage and direct change instead of merely reacting to it.Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?The city just completed a housing study. I’ll use the results of that study to request development of an Affordability Action Plan. It is important to look to what other communities have done — both effectively and ineffectively — to deal with rising housing prices. Historically Littleton has embraced a housing policy where there would be enough affordable housing stock that our children could afford to live here as well as their teachers and our firefighters.What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Littleton?As Littleton is a part of a much larger metropolitan area, we must work with our state, regional, municipal and school district partners to effectively address increasing traffic congestion. Improving the walkability, bikeability and other alternative transportation means will be an important part of the solution. The Ominbus and Shopping Cart programs are great examples of how city actions can provide public amenities and lessen the traffic burden on our streets. We have an opportunity to leverage public transportation options around our two light rail stations, as well.What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?The most important issue is updating the Comprehensive Plan. It has not been substantially revised since 1981. In 2006, a group of citizens drafted a plan, Littleton 2030, that can be a starting point for revising the Complan. This issue should help address many of the other issues facing our community. Second, the financial stability and sustainability of our city services needs to be examined closely. During the recent budget hearings, “fiscal constraint” was a common theme. We will need to look at creative ways to increase revenue and decrease expenses that will keep our city healthy, safe and dynamic.
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