Charlotte Mayoral candidates 2022

Question # 1 Planning and Development

Last year, City Council adopted the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan, which sets the vision for how our city will grow in the coming decades. This summer, Council will vote to adopt Charlotte’s first Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), which are the regulations needed to implement the comprehensive plan. Recently, Council approved a rezoning petition to allow drive-through establishments in the areas that were previously zoned as transit-oriented development (TOD) districts. These TOD areas are meant to be walkable, and therefore would not have allowed a drive-through to be built by-right. This is not the first time the city council has diverted from adopted plans and regulations. One of the goals of the soon-to-be-adopted UDO is the reduce the number of exceptions and be a plan-making city instead of a deal-making city. If elected, will you help to end the practice of granting exemptions to adopted plans and ordinances? 

Vi Lyles (D, Mayor)(i): "I have supported and will continue to support the 2040 Plan and its accompanying processes; however, as new plans are implemented, I will also look for areas of inconsistency and unintended consequences to ensure equity in the implementation of our projected plans."

Tigress McDaniel (D, Mayor): Yes. I needn't elaborate because the exemptions have proven grossly counterproductive and even disrespectful to voters who elected them. These exemptions, coupled with incumbent ineptitude, are direct cause for the city's developmental stagnation. I answer consistently in Channel 9's candidate questionnaire.

Tae McKenzie (D, Mayor): yes we have to have drive through establishments there are people that are disabled and there are people that still sometimes that don't like going into establiments all the time like the elderly the would rather drive up and get up what they need and keep moving just like a moving on the go and someone that has a busy schedule. it's not always about the dollar you have to think logic and think about the people and what works in the long run and not just for now and this doesn't do it sorry. and this would not make charlotte in no way shape form or fashion an accessible city AT ALL

Lucille Puckett (D, Mayor): YES!!!! This is really done toooo often and is deceitful and a non-transparent way to get voters to agree to plans and ordinances from onset knowing that they have this option.

Question # 2 Transformational Mobility Network

In 2020, the Charlotte Moves Task Force recommended a  “transformational mobility network” (TMN) of transportation projects and proposed a funding strategy for the network that centers on a “One Cent for Mobility” countywide sales tax. However, there has been little visible progress on moving this forward, even as new federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill will create time-sensitive opportunities for our area to compete for federal dollars that will require a local match.  Do you support the need to secure a local funding source to build the TMN? If so, what will you do as an elected official to move the process forward? If not, what do you propose as an alternative to support mobility for all residents?

Vi Lyles (D, Mayor)(i): "Yes, I support a public referendum for a one percent sales tax for the strategic mobility plan. I hope and believe the voters will support this effort, and remain optimistic for their support. I enjoy discussing the public benefits of this tax with my constituents and, as Mayor, I will continue to work to get this plan before the voters."

Tigress McDaniel (D, Mayor): I've repeatedly committed to audting the current city budget if elected. Standards only offend those who have none. That said, an audit shouldn't be a scary nor daunting task. Instead, it's about transparency, realistic inquiry into the current efefctiveness of our systems and being honest, contrite and ready to implement necessary change when deficiencies are discovered. So, again, the first task is an audit. No vote is required for that. Secondarily, having federal experience, it is vital as you alluded to that we take full advantage of federal dollars. I firmly believe that all the "MISC" entries I've publicly shown fellow Charlotteans that appears disdainfully repeatedly on the city budget will uncover funds sufficient to satisfy the local funding source and other funding needs in fact.

Tae McKenzie (D, Mayor): We can't kept taxing everything until we progress with the first plan or the citizens of charlotte will be like no because i don't even see where my money is going and half of the roads still need to be repaired and they are not properly repairing them they are just patching them so i would say no until the first job is n=done and done correct first and then yes we move on the next project in line but we need to have these projects lined up to what is first.

Lucille Puckett (D, Mayor): I would be willing to restart the conversation and knowing time is of the essence do so immediately upon being elected.

Question # 3 Vision Zero

In 2018 Charlotte adopted a Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030, and CDOT staff are working with Vision Zero Task Force members to achieve this goal. What investments and actions do you believe are most important for Charlotte to fulfill its commitment to Vision Zero and ensure that our streets are safe and well-connected for people of all ages and abilities to walk, bike, and ride transit?

Vi Lyles (D, Mayor)(i): "I believe additional funding provided by the Strategic Mobility Plan is essential for Vision Zero’s success. The whole city must come together to make our streets safe and accessible, and I remain optimistic that our people are up to the challenge. It takes more funding, more support, more cognizance, and faster implementation to see results and make Vision Zero possible."

Tigress McDaniel (D, Mayor): I'll answer this in an enumerated list: (1) sidewalks, (2) safe and adequate seating/shelter at bus stops for commuters, (3) greenways, (4) bike trails and lanes, (5) incentives or public awareness campaign for safer driving in inclement weather, amongst other things can be surveyed and then implemented by vote.

Tae McKenzie (D, Mayor): Yes we have to haves an accessible community. We can not leave out those with disabilities. They have to be able to access all of these things that Charlotte has to offer as well. You have to make it Wheelchair, handicap, amputee, all these things have to be elevated to make this a Vision Zero. And to make Charlotte an Accessible City

Lucille Puckett (D, Mayor): I need to be able to sit down with staff and communities that this impacts and have work on this plan to see how we can best fulfill the commitments because safe and connected streets people of all ages and abilities should always be out priorities.

Question # 4 Access to Parks and Greenways

Although building parks and greenways is primarily the responsibility of Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte has partnered with Mecklenburg County to build the Cross Charlotte Trail and also supports access to parks and greenways by providing bikes, pedestrian, and transit connectivity. What would you do as an elected official to support residents’ access to outdoor recreational opportunities and green spaces?

Vi Lyles (D, Mayor)(i): "Just as people do not have to work as an island, our city does not have to work as an island. Wonderful things are possible when the city, the county, and even the state work together to achieve our goals. As Mayor, I will continue to support intergovernmental collaboration on initiatives such as park and trail improvement and taking care of our public, outdoor spaces."

Tigress McDaniel (D, Mayor): It is a misconception that parks and greenways are primarily within the purview of the County. As an Environmental Scientist, and if elected as Mayor, I can use the influence of the seat to advocate for green spaces, which includes but is not limited to green ways. I can lend my Scientific expertise regarding sponge parks, biomimicry and Built Environment to guide the installation of parks and greenways by neighborhood assoications and landowners and commercial developers. No vote is required to do so.

Tae McKenzie (D, Mayor): You would first have to improve access to this and improve the parks in the low income areas and not make it to where they can't access them. Give them the same quality of to provide good health habits. Without this they go play in the streets.

Lucille Puckett (D, Mayor): I support efforts already in place, but location and timelessness is also a key factor. Sidewalks are vital and safe parks including playgrounds and recreation to residents of all ages needs to be a guiding factor in planning. I will advocate for recommendation by the communities and organization alike.

Question # 5 Bus Network

CATS is working on the Envision My Ride Bus Priority Study to increase the reliability of bus service. Do you support the goal of increasing frequency on all core bus routes to run every 15 minutes or less, and pursuing dedicated bus lanes and shared bus/bike lanes in areas identified as suitable by the study results?

Vi Lyles (D, Mayor)(i): Yes

Tigress McDaniel (D, Mayor): Yes, without question. Charlotte is a considerably large metropolitan, but you'd not know it by "looking at" our transit system.

Tae McKenzie (D, Mayor): yes

Lucille Puckett (D, Mayor): Yes and being from a BIG city and the direction our city is heading this would be only right for the ones relying on public transportation to get to vital places like school, work , Drs. appts etc.

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