QUESTION: Would you change the way the county manages growth? If so, how? If not, why not?
(1 seat) Sidney Kramer Neal Potter Sidney Kramer 8809 Twin Creek Ct., Potomac Age: 65 Incumbent
Montgomery County executive; built excellent working relationships with other officials while state senator, County Council member and county executive; implemented annual growth policy, more than half developable county land now in moratorium; lowest property tax rate in 30 years (average 1990 bill up less than 2 percent); teacher salaries highest in the state and region; ended government salary discrimination against women and minorities; expanded recycling; reduced landfilling; increased affordable housing, particularly for the elderly, and provided shelters for the homeless; improved drug and alcohol abuse programs, including better coordination of police, health and community organizations; initiated neighborhood improvement grants program; won 50 national awards for service programs.
A. Our county growth control system is the best in the state/region, but can be improved. My goal is to maintain and implement existing county policy that inhibits growth when public facilities are lacking or which threatens the tranquillity of a residential community. I recommend we: create additional pay-as-you-go mechanisms so builders bear more responsibility for roads, schools and other public facilities; develop special incentives for additional affordable housing; devise additional incentives for compact, mixed-use projects, particularly if close to transit, and that discourage inefficient sprawl; encourage or promote primarily non-polluting high-tech industry, preferably with transit accessibility; clarify growth and building regulations, making them easier not only to understand but also to enforce. We should prod the state to institute growth goals and policies, encouraging local jurisdictions to meet them. The state should assure stable, adequate, timely, funding for construction projects. Neal Potter 6801 Brookville Rd., Chevy Chase Age: 75
County Council, five terms, president, three times; economist; author of laws establishing County Conservation Corps and public advocate on assessments; 15 years with Resources for the Future Inc.; author of three books on natural resources; completed PhD course work in public finance; education: Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Johns Hopkins University; BA, MA, University of Minnesota; graduate work at University of Chicago; president, Council of Governments, 1977; Environmental Committee, National Association of Counties, 1976-90; awards: COG Scull Award, 1987; National Association of Counties, 1990; Audubon Society, 1990; NAACP, 1988; County Civic Federation, 1990.
A. Yes. We need tighter adequate public facilities laws, to prevent overdevelopment, allowing better balance of commercial development with housing and public facilities. The recent overdevelopment has created traffic congestion, crowded schools, skyrocketing housing costs, and high taxes. I will cut the $2.3 million budget of the Office of Economic Development, which is now spending tax money to increase development, and will seek taxes on development, so it pays for itself. I will lead a return to the Wedges and Corridors master plan, to preserve open space and build better-balanced cities, decreasing traffic and increasing mass transit use. I will seek return of planning powers to the Planning Board and County Council, with their open public hearings and open decision-making. The executive should be subordinate in land-use planning, reduce the $900,000 budget of the Office of Planning Policies, and concentrate on costs and timing of needed public facilities.
(1 seat) Albert Ceccone is unopposed