CANDIDATE NAME:  Justin M. Wilson                                     PARTY: Democrat

QUESTION

ANSWER

Re West End

Re Eisenhower Valley

1.    Modes of transportation: Which modes of  public transportation and ease-of-use  solutions for private transportation do you  support which will encourage local residents and visitors to increase their purchases from businesses in –

I support the implementation of Transit Corridor C initially as Bus Rapid Transit to serve the West End.

Additionally, I’d like to see the expansion of DASH service in the corridorundefinedspecifically new circulator buses to integrate with MetroRail and other job centers.

I successfully included language in the City’s Transportation Master Plan to explore the addition of a new Metro Rail station within the Eisenhower Valley.
In the short term, I would like to see expansion of existing DASH service in the Valleyundefinedincluding the reduction of headways to encourage ridership and new circulator service to integrate with existing transit service.

a.    By when?

The environmental effort is underway and the funding in place. I support completion of this project on schedule over the next few years.  

Any additional Metro Rail station is over a decade away, but we have the opportunity to expand transit service in the Valley in the next few years as funding is available.

2.    Attracting new businesses: Which  mechanisms do you support which will attract new businesses to and encourage them to locate in -

I encourage reducing red-tape that hinders new business growthundefinedincluding the expansion of the Administrative Special Use Permit Process.
Additionally, I would like to restructure our business tax arrangementundefinedincluding changes to the BPOL and Business Personal Property Tax revenue streams.

I encourage reducing red-tape that hinders new business growthundefinedincluding the expansion of the Administrative Special Use Permit Process.
Additionally, I would like to restructure our business tax arrangementundefinedincluding changes to the BPOL and Business Personal Property Tax revenue streams.

a.    By when?

I would be interested in implementing these changes within the next 2-3 years.

I would be interested in implementing these changes within the next 2-3 years.

3.    Master Plan: What timeframe do you support for the completion of a submarket Master Plan for -

I would need to understand what would be the desired goal of such a “submarket” Master Plan.

I support the full and faithful implementation of the Beauregard and Landmark Small Area Plans, as well completion of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.

I would need to understand what would be the desired goal of such a “submarket” Master Plan.

I support the full and faithful implementation of the remaining components of the Eisenhower East Plan, as well as completion of the Eisenhower West Small Area Plan.

4.    Small Area Plans:  What initiatives and  timeframes do you support for the completion of development for the:

a.    Beauregard Small Area Development Plan.

The approved plan has a life span of multiple decades. I would work to ensure that as development occurs in the planning area, it is completed in fidelity with the approved plan.

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b.    Landmark Shopping Mall

I believe that the City should be aggressive about deploying incentives to ensure the prompt implementation of the Vision in the approved Plan, which I was proud to support.

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c.    Eisenhower West End Development Plan: What is your commitment to maintaining the schedule of the City’s Eisenhower West End Development Plan and, specifically, economic development in the Eisenhower Valley?

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As a member of the City Council, I strongly advocated the completion of the Eisenhower West Plan, and I will work to ensure that we complete that planning process as soon as possible.

5.    Help for existing businesses: Which specific measures will you promote which will increase the growth, customer base, revenue, and expense minimization of  businesses currently located in –

As discussed previously, I have proposed a review of our Business Tax structureundefinedto explore ways in which better administration and modified revenue policy can provide incentives for business growth.

Specifically, I would look to the BPOL and Business Personal Property Tax revenue streams for changes.

I would also provide targeted investments in Economic Developmentundefinedutilizing AEDP, ACVA and SBDC to bring new business opportunities to Alexandria.

As discussed previously, I have proposed a review of our Business Tax structureundefinedto explore ways in which better administration and modified revenue policy can provide incentives for business growth.

Specifically, I would look to the BPOL and Business Personal Property Tax revenue streams for changes.

I would also provide targeted investments in Economic Developmentundefinedutilizing AEDP, ACVA and SBDC to bring new business opportunities to Alexandria.

a.    By when?

No response

No response

6.    Developer Taxes: Will you encourage that taxes which are raised from developers be spent on (1) matters pertaining specifically to the developer’s project or (2) City-wide infrastructure services?

I assume this question refers to proffers requested in the context of approved DSUP’s related to development.

My view is that proffers should apply to improvements related to the development they are paid to support.

I assume this question refers to proffers requested in the context of approved DSUP’s related to development.

My view is that proffers should apply to improvements related to the development they are paid to support.

7.    National Science Foundation: How do you plan to encourage the NSF’s coming to Eisenhower Valley and selecting one of the three sites it is considering there?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

Without a full understanding of the site-selection criteria that NSF is employing for this effort, I cannot propose a complete solution.

That said, I believe there is opportunity for the city to be more aggressive in luring new business to the Cityundefinedincluding the use of temporary tax abatements, IDA financing, and infrastructure incentives.

8.    Victory Center: What are the tangible solutions you will implement to promote Victory Center for immediate tenancy and development?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

As mentioned, I believe there is opportunity for the city to be more aggressive in luring new business to the Cityundefinedincluding the use of temporary tax abatements, IDA financing, and infrastructure incentives.

a.    By what date do you expect first tenant to assume occupancy in Victory Center because of those solutions?

Same answer as for Eisenhower Valley.

It would be premature to suggest such a date. I do believe that ensuring occupancy in this facility in the near term is vital to the continued economic growth of our City.

9.    Campaign Signs: What is your plan to remove all of your political campaign signs following the election?

This is my third campaign (fourth if you count the 2012 Primary). I always comply with the law, and my signs are removed within a few days after the Election.

This is my third campaign (fourth if you count the 2012 Primary). I always comply with the law, and my signs are removed within a few days after the Election.

a.    By when?

7 days

7 days

10. In 30 words or fewer, why should Alexandria business-owner voters vote for you?

I am proud of my record of promoting economic growth, ensuring fiscal responsibility and expanding transportation infrastructure throughout our City.

Alexandria should lead our region’s recovery.

I am proud of my record of promoting economic growth, ensuring fiscal responsibility and expanding transportation infrastructure throughout our City.

Alexandria should lead our region’s recovery.

 
 
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