Official to discuss housing, transportation and failed capital improvement plan
CHARLOTTE — Councilmember LaWana Mayfield has announced she will hold a town hall for District 3 constituents on Saturday, July 28. Mayfield, a Democrat and the city’s first openly LGBT elected official, will give citizens and residents updates on transportation matters, area planning, zoning, housing, neighborhood matching grants and fire prevention. State and city staff will be on hand.
The morning meeting’s agenda also includes discussion on the failed Capital Improvement Plan which council rejected in June. The plan would have invested nearly $1 billion over 10 years in areas of the city in need of infrastructure and other improvements.
Mayfield had joined fellow Democrats John Autry, David Howard, Patsy Kinsey and James Mitchell in offering a alternative proposal. Their version of the plan would have limited a planned property tax increase and reduced spending to $797.4. The five council members were unable to find a sixth vote for their plan, which included the controversial streetcar line extension from Uptown to Beatties Ford Rd. and Johnson C. Smith University.
A second proposal spearheaded by Democrat Michael Barnes was passed by council but vetoed by Mayor Anthony Foxx.
Foxx, City Manager Curt Walton and other officials have said they will return to the drawing board for new ideas on a future capital investment proposal.
Mayfield town hall is slated for 9 a.m.-Noon at Steele Creek AME Zion Church, 1500 Shopton Rd.