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League of Women Voters of Arapahoe County Positions (2009-2010)
LAND USE: PLANNING & ZONING, COMMUNITY & URBAN RENEWAL
Support of measures which promote sound, comprehensive and coordinated land use planning to meet the physical, social, economic, educational, environmental, recreational, cultural, and aesthetic needs of the people of Arapahoe County and that facilitates increased citizen participation in the decision making process. (Added 2006)
Planning & Development
- Comprehensive and coordinated planning by regional, county and municipal governments to provide for orderly growth.
- Standardization of zoning resolutions.
- Regular review of the county's master plan.
- Sharing of school construction costs by developers.
- Aesthetic and environmental considerations in planning and zoning, including acquisition of land for an adequate system of parks, recreation facilities, green belts and open space to meet the needs of the people of Arapahoe County.
- Identification and zoning of all flood plain and drainage areas, and insofar as possible, the reservation of such areas for open space, green belts and pollution control.
- Stringent and restrictive zoning which disallows structural development in currently open flood plain areas.
- Urban Drainage and Flood Control District exercising its legislative mandate to designate, plan and zone flood plain areas and drainage areas.
- Use of flood plain insurance being limited to compensation for relocation only.
- Shifting of construction and protection costs to the developer and user of the flood plain.
- Minimal use of channelization with consideration for environmental and aesthetic issues.
Support quality education for all children with disabilities and special needs following the guidelines of the "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004". (Added 2006)
- Earliest possible identification of disabilities and early intervention is critical.
- Educating children with disabilities in the least restrictive environment with the most benefit to the child. This can range from self-contained classrooms to "mainstreaming" into regular education classrooms.
- Requiring continuing education for teachers and administrators for the purpose of differentiated instruction for children with disabilities.
- Full reimbursement by the state and federal governments to the administrative units to fund mandated programs that fall within the guidelines of the "Individual With Disabilities Education Act" of 2004.
Promote a governmental system that is open, representative, responsive, fiscally responsible, communicative, and unbiased in its treatment of all citizens and in which administrative functions and responsibilities are clearly defined and assigned. (Adopted 2008)
Support of a county structure to develop, implement, and review existing and long range planning objectives and goals. (Adopted 2009)
- Support of a metro-wide governmental approach to the solution of metropolitan problems.
- Support a County Manager system of government to administer all county departments, excluding elected county officials.
- Support a government structure to assure separation of policy setting and administrative functions for all departments.
- Support clearly defined policies and procedures that encourage coordination and communication between the Board of County Commissioners, department heads and elected officials.
- Support written policies to assure that the selection of all contractors is based on competitive bidding and/or a full analysis of professional qualifications.
- Support a county budget that is understandable, fiscally responsible, and accessible to the public with measures for citizen input, including a Citizen's Budget committee that is representative of a cross section of county residents. (Revised 2008)
Support of personnel policies that meet the needs of the county and the county employees. (Adopted 2009)
- Consideration of growth in the County should include a residential/commercial balance, the aging population, transportation needs, land use and flood plans.
- Support and maintain ongoing communication about planning objectives and goals with local governments, adjoining counties, regional governmental entities and citizens.
- Identification of planning objectives and goals will utilize all prospective parties with knowledge of planning.
- Implementation of planning objectives and goals is the responsibility of authorities directly involved in their development.
- Review and assessment of planning objectives and goals is the responsibility of the County Commissioners or other designated authorities. (Revised 2009)
- Personnel policies set by the County Executive Committee should include a balance of elected officials, appointed department heads, and employee representatives.
- Support the establishment of a County Employee Grievance Committee. (Revised 2009)