Bill Schwanitz: Candidate for Littleton City Council, at-large

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Occupation: Software architect

Contact information: Bill4Littleton@gmail.com, Bill4Littleton.org

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Candidate profle: Software architect announces council run, Aug. 5

Why are you seeking this office?

The voices of citizens are not being heard by city officials, especially on the topic of higher-density development in existing neighborhoods. Our city needs to create a comprehensive plan with the citizens as first-class participants, not as an afterthought.

What makes you the best person for the job?

I have spent my entire 33-year career in the software industry helping clients find optimal solutions when faced with many competing technical alternatives. The ability to analyze technical, often legal, issues and form an opinion of the best solution should be a prerequisite for all city council members.

If elected, what would your approach be to growth and development in the city?

Our neighborhoods need to be protected from higher-density developments. Thoughtful development along major thoroughfares could balance growth with the desire to protect our neighborhoods. Since there are so few remaining areas to develop in our landlocked city, and so much demand from developers to build here, the city is in a unique position to reach agreements with developers on what should be built and where. Additionally, we need zoning regulations that are enforceable when developers seek to circumvent them. And we need city officials, especially councilmembers, who are committed to enforcement. The well-being of our community depends on it.

What can be done to alleviate traffic congestion in the city?

There is no single solution to our congestion problems. We should partner with the Colorado Department of Transportation to build improvements to the city’s worst intersections: Santa Fe and Mineral, and Santa Fe and Littleton Boulevard. We should encourage citizens to use light rail, require future developments adjacent to the light rail stations to be more oriented to public transit, and investigate partnering with RTD to build an underground parking garage in place of the surface parking at the Downtown RTD station. This could encourage more people to ride light rail, and alleviate the parking congestion near downtown Littleton.

What else do you want voters to know about you and your approach to city governance?

I encourage citizen participation in processes that determine the character and livability of Littleton. I want to restore longer citizen comment periods at city council meetings, which have been reduced from 10 and four minutes to just three in recent years. Interaction with city council should be encouraged, not stifled.

 

  • An interview with Bill Schwanitz.

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