Tempe Councilman Granville’s Top 3
(1) Gentrification Workgroup
Gentrification is broadly defined as “the buying and renovating of property in urban areas, thus improving property values, while displacing existing low income families and small businesses.” Councilman Granville created a committee to study gentrification in Tempe, and is joined by Councilman Keating and Mayor Mitchell. The committee is currently in the research phase. It hopes to develop a plan that encourages keeping the existing character and residents in neighborhoods, while allowing room for re-development and increased property values. The committee’s focus is on data driven, peer-reviewed, solutions.
(2) Park Improvements
Council continues its STRONG commitment to improving city parks by investing $32 million over 5 years. Celaya Park, Harelson Park, Palmer Park, and Papago Park are scheduled for improvements in 2017. See the full list of park improvements scheduled over the next 5 years.
(3) Sign Code Revisions
Over the last three years, Councilman Granville and Schapira worked to renovate the street corner sign and yard sign code for Tempe. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Arredondo-Savage and former Vice Mayor Woods worked to update the commercial sign code. The culmination of these two committees was passed by Council last Thursday. While the code changes were extensive, in summary, the changes (1) continue the city ban on new billboards (2) create clarity in the city code for business signs, and (3) limit political signs on street corners until 75 days before election day. Additionally, non-commercial yard signs on private property are now permitted; reaffirming Tempe’s commitment to freedom of speech. (They were historically not permitted)
Odds and Ends
In the upcoming months Council will have staff presentations regarding homelessness in parks, multi-family zoning in areas with single family homes, a comprehensive traffic study, water conservation rates, and flood irrigation rates. The City also got results from the annual Citizen Satisfaction Survey. According to the survey, 82% or residents are either “satisfied”, or “very satisfied” with the “overall quality of services in Tempe”. (Complete Survey)
Likewise, Granville has been busy. He finished and installed a neighborhood library at his house and at his school. In doing so, he joined 30+ Tempe residents who have added neighborhood libraries under the city reimbursement plan. (map) Granville also attended various resident meetings, the MLK Diversity Awards, took a short trip to Cuba, and coached the Tempe Prep Jr. High Cross Country team to run their first 1/2 marathon.