1. Getting the Comprehensive Plan and Guidelines up to date and consistent with todays perspective of the future. I believe these can be done concurrently. Plan Unit Developments should be a key component as they can maximize density, get open space, determine types of housing allowing both the city and developer to accomplish their needs. My time on planning commissions and updates on comp plans will be very useful.
2. Housing which is a very serious issue as we are moving in the direction of the elite and driving out those that provide all our services. This is an issue that is close to the heart as in 1975 we could have not bought a house on a teacher and county worker salary without the help of the in-laws. Times have not changed.
3. Sewage treatment plant upgrades that have been on the books for years. You can not achieve standards mandated by the EPA using old obsolete equipment and massive amounts of ground water infiltrating the system.
4. Continuing work on the Parks and Recreation master plan which is critical to the city open space and recreational opportunities. The idea of user fees for no resident users needs continued investigation as do local option taxes to remove the burden of paying from local residents.
5. The impact of electric bikes, scooters, skate boards, etc need to be addressed before there are serious issues with conflicts between pedestrians and motor vehicles.
6. Disposal of the property owned by the sewer department that was purchased for a new treatment plant. This property could be key to housing and or more open space.
7. Business retention that no one talks about. It was not that many years ago that Sandpoint was known as a town of real estate brokers, attorneys and restaurants. I believe we need more diversity.