What does Ann stand for?
Safety & Law Enforcement
The security of our hometown is of the highest priority for me. Our community thrives when people feel safe. We must dedicate all necessary resources to keep our neighborhoods secure, so that children and families can enjoy our parks, pathways and village centers in comfort. It is important that we continue a strong presence of law enforcement, while keeping our taxes low.
The Woodlands Township is currently conducting an Incorporation Planning Study to allow the Township Board and community to engage in dialogue related to the future governance of The Woodlands, and to determine if the Township will incorporate as a city in the future. If the community elects to incorporate The Woodlands, its effect will be of the greatest magnitude not only for today but most importantly for The Woodlands’ future. I am a strong believer that the residents of The Woodlands should decide their own future regarding incorporation. So, I am committed to ensuring that all avenues for the future of The Woodlands are thoroughly investigated by The Township Board. I believe it is the responsibility of the Board to educate the community. I trust the people to make a decision when all the facts are known.
We need mobility solutions that address the concerns of our residents and preserve our high quality of life. Quite simply, we have too much traffic! We need infrastructure and planning that will manage our growing community and address our daily commute and mobility concerns.
Tremendous population growth is expected in our community over the next decade. That will probably bring more new residents seeking housing, and more commercial development to serve those residents. We must encourage conscientious planning using all means available to help predict and prevent damages to homes and businesses, as with major unexpected weather events. The Township must collaborate with other governmental entities to protect our residents, their homes and businesses.
From the beginning, The Woodlands has been known for its balance between man and nature. George Mitchell’s vision centered on preservation of the environment while building a master-planned community with sustainable development. I believe in a community that thrives on the balance of economic development yet preserves the essence of the environment and raises a sense of community — a real hometown. It is of the utmost importance that the Township collaborate with appropriate entities on critical issues facing our community. We must all work together to ensure that our valuable natural resources are preserved for generations to come.
The official vision of The Woodlands Township includes the statement: “We are a thriving business community and a premier destination for visitors — a place where generations live, work, learn and play.” As the living, working and learning parts of our community continue to grow, so should our opportunities for play. Part of fulfilling that vision is a well-rounded hometown, including world-class cultural arts venues and an arts-friendly community. Quite simply, cultural arts are an essential part of life for families of The Woodlands. The Township should plan for additional sites, as recommended in the recent Cultural Arts Study commissioned by the Township Board.
Another major issue facing The Woodlands in the next several years is in leadership/management changes as Mr. Don Norrell, President and General Manager of The Woodlands Township has announced his retirement. The decisions made by the Township Board on these positions are critical to our future. Throughout my 30+ years living in The Woodlands, I have gained a unique perspective by listening to the various views of our residents. This has allowed me to be an advocate in protecting and enhancing what we love most about The Woodlands.