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Chesapeake Life Magazine
Smart Growth and Land Use
We believe that comprehensive rezoning legislation and amendments should be consistent with the General Development Plan and Small Area Plans. We will not question rezoning amendments that are supported by the Planning Office. We are in favor of alignment of infrastructure spending with smart growth principles. We strongly discourage introduction of rezoning amendments outside of the established process, i.e. amendments that Planning and Zoning did not have an opportunity to review.
Support for a dedicated fund for storm water damage mitigation is one of our highest priorities as is our support for an increased capital budget for storm water management. Bond issue funding and tax credits for storm water mitigation are also encouraged. We support increased restrictions on the use of fertilizer including the spreading of human and animal waste.
Alternative Energy & Energy Efficiency
We support tax credits and other incentives for citizens and business to increase energy efficiency and to produce and use alternative energy.
We support encouraging and requiring business recycling.
Reducing Air Pollution
We support increasing the number of energy efficient vehicles in the county fleet.
Budget for Environmental Issues
We oppose budget cuts for environmental programs including open space, adequate resources for environmental inspection and enforcement programs and capital appropriations for sewage treatment plants, storm water management, etc.
Transparency/Accountability in Government
We strongly support publishing all bill amendments prior to a vote and affording the public the right to offer testimony on any amendment which has not previously been open for public debate. We support publishing the votes on all amendments on the County website. We support posting zoning maps on the County website and televising Board of Appeals hearings.