The beginning of a new year is always a time to look at where we’ve been and to set targets for the upcoming year. Thankfully, our economic climate is improving, albeit slowly, and I am optimistic our recovery will continue through 2014 and beyond.
When folks in west Cobb elected me 11 years ago, my sights were focused on protecting our neighborhoods and complying with the county’s land-use plan. These goals have not changed and although the reduction in development did relieve the pressure, I can now feel it making a steady comeback.
We must continue to manage growth with great care, concentrating commercial development in the designated nodes and assuring residential expansion occurs in harmony with existing neighborhoods. After all, our neighborhoods are the signature assets of west Cobb.
I believe that most of the folks who placed me in office are pleased with the value system that I’ve established. With that being said, new challenges loom for District 1 and it will be an opportune time to bring in a new face with a new perspective. I have decided to retire at the end of my term in 2014 and pass the baton.
During the next year, I hope to provide a solid foundation for my successor in the areas of senior housing, roads and transit, employee compensation and provision of superior county services at the lowest cost to the public.
I have always valued your support and suggestions and I look forward to serving you in the New Year!
Northwest Cobb Commissioner