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I was asked a question recently regarding our city's growth. I believe growth isn't necessarily a bad thing, as long as it is responsible growth. It is absolutely necessary to have plans in place to be prepared for said growth. Current council members like to state that one to two percent growth per year is currently a sustainable model. I believe this is reasonable IF the last 10 to 15 years of growth had been reflective in infrastructure. In other words, with the each year's one to two percent growth, has the city added a school to relieve the overpopulation, due to the increase in students? Or staffing for teachers to maintain manageable class sizes? Has a new firestation been built to maintain a quick response time? What about the police officers to keep our rapidly growing city, and its citizens, safe? According to the city's one to two percent growth rate per year, we are now somewhere in the range of 10 to 25 percent behind on the basic infrastructure improvements, and city council is still approving growth at an alarming rate! I would like to propose that we slow the new growth in southern Chesapeake. Our current infrastructure simply cannot support it.  I would like to focus on revitalization of our historic areas, and facilitate / fund infrastructure increases in our heavily populated areas that have been forgotten over the last 15 years. This will allow us to sustain the assets that Chesapeake residents have come to know and love. Once again, I am not anti-growth. Growth can be a good thing, it means we are moving forward, but it MUST be responsible growth. Before we approve growth, we must be able to provide the infrastructure upgrades to sustain that growth in a proactive manner, not in a reactive manner.

Authorized by Levin Turner for Council
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