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Candidates' Comments:
Property Rights?

Mayoral Candidates:

Joe Jaworski - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.
 
Joe Jaworski - end



Beau Rawlins - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Beau Rawlins - end



Greg Roof - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Greg Roof - end



Lewis Rosen - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Lewis Rosen - end


District 1:

Cornelia Harris Banks - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Cornelia Harris Banks - end



Tarris Woods - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Tarris Woods - end


District 2:

Charles Chris Gonzales - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Charles Chris Gonzales - end



Rusty Legg - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Rusty Legg - end



Teresa Banuelos - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Teresa Banuelos - end



Richard Batie - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Richard Batie - end


District 3:

Elizabeth Beeton 
- start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.
 
Elizabeth Beeton - end



Sheryl Rozier - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Sheryl Rozier - end


District 4:

Dianna Puccetti - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

The Planning Department is currently undergoing a review and simplification of all codes and Land Use within the City. This process is meant to streamline the process to make it easier to obtain permits and understand the guidelines that are necessary for permitting. Only a part of the process has been completed and other sections will be coming forth for approval in summer of 2012 and then fall.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

I would support the City Manager in maintaining the process that is currently underway.

3. Planning Commission?

Planning Commission is governed by State statute that governs how the commission shall function. Planning Commission members need to be oriented to all codes, statutes, etc that define their roles and possible actions.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

Independent individuals who are open to progress within the City and who are willing to function under all necessary guidelines. 

5. Landmark Commission?

Landmark Commission is a valuable city commission in that it allows for review of designated areas and structures that add to the historical fabric of the community.  Guidelines help to keep the historical structures and areas intact and eligible for special exemptions and funding. 

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

The ordinance defining and establishing the Landmark Commission call for certain  positions to be filled with professionals who have the back ground and education for certain aspects of the overall review.  If someone disagrees with how the Commission is set up the ordinance would need to be discussed and changed per council action (vote).

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

Historical districts and NCD need to follow the guidelines for these defined areas to meet the qualifications necessary to maintain the districts and to receive official designations, exemptions and special funding for these areas. Without the districts the very nature of these areas would be threatened, weakened and then would be completely lost.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

The historical fabric of Galveston is critical to the overall health of the City and the rules for governing historical districts and NCD’s need to support the health and viability of these districts.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Guidelines to define certain areas need to be clear for rehabilitation or new construction in those areas. The overlays have been put in place to create changes over time in an area and to strengthen the overall appeal, use and appearance of an area. The current land use review that is underway through the Department of Planning at the City is looking at the overlay zones and will propose ways to streamline and simplify the overlay process. In some places I feel the overlays have been too lax to produce the desired results and in some areas they are burdensome. I believe the process that the city is currently undergoing will bring options to the City Council that will allow the overall process to be improved.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

Yes.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

In some places I feel the overlays have been too lax to produce the desired results and in some areas they are burdensome. I believe the process that the city is currently undergoing will bring options to the City Council that will allow the overall process to be improved.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

The City is currently actively involved in a process to simplify and streamline the Planning Process - see question 1.  Planning Department.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

Yes.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No. I do not believe this would be a productive use of taxpayer monies and I do not believe it would result in the desired outcome. There are many ways to positively work with the Army Corp of Engineers. One is to support and participate in the Feasibility Study for Galveston Bay including areas from Sabine Pass to the western boundary of Brazoria County and including Galveston Island.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

I am a strong private property rights advocate.

Dianna Puccetti - end



Gil Lopez - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Gil Lopez - end



Norman Pappous - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Norman Pappous - end


District 5:

Jeri Kinnear - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Jeri Kinnear - end



Bill Quiroga - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Bill Quiroga - end



Terrilyn Tarlton - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Terrilyn Tarlton - end


District 6:

Michael Poe - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

A city Planning department should promote a city’s current comprehensive plan. Not the council, Mayor or an  individual’s personal desire.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

At the moment I have no answer for this type of question, as phrased it suggests that you (GOGP) believes the department needs to be changed and therefore I should also. Hence, I have no answer at this time.

3. Planning Commission?

Commissioners are (at least should be) appointed to represent a cross section of a community. A proper Planning Commission should actively promote community involvement especially with agendas involving growth, environmental issues and zoning.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

See above.

5. Landmark Commission?

Again at this time I have no answer.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

I’m sure requirements for these positions are already defined.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No comment. I need more to review.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

At the moment I have no answer for this type of question, as phrased it suggests that you (GOGP) believes the department needs to be changed and therefore I should also. Hence, I have no answer at this time.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Probably both. Restrictions are a necessary evil for personal property rights. People typically are anti regulations when it comes to their property BUT they almost always want a say so on what's happening next door.  We can always try to simplify the ones we have and expedite the process, review the rest and toss them if they are outdated, or not in accordance with our comprehensive plan.

We do need stronger regulations or enforcement pertaining to property owners (who allow their income producing buildings to become eyesores).  Really what does a coat of paint and some stucco cost? Just say’in.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

Yes and no.

As long as safety, traffic and health codes are met I have no issue. Why can’t this be limited to certain types of businesses. I see no issue with "soft business" being permitted. Saying yes doesn’t have to mean saying no to everything does it? Saying no doesn’t mean yes to everything either.


10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

Seek ways to simplify them, inquire with the many folks who deal with them everyday for their ideas to improve them, and not just inside our city staff.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

I have to wait and see what comes out of the current review process.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

That’s a good question. I bet there are a good deal of business owners (not property owners mind you) who pay rent, sales tax, license fees etc. etc. who think they should have some say. Maybe you need to rephrase the question.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

Is this the only option GOGP suggests?    
I will need to see many others as well.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

Yes, indirectly our community (even though collectively it’s not private,…or is it?) belongs to all of us, and we all benefit when our government performs equitably (as a service) to the people. What’s right and what’s wrong are always up for debate, that’s why we have elections. Politicians and city staff alike prefer to consult select (and use the term) “Stakeholders” when they talk of Comprehensive plans, large developments, Zoning and such. I believe each person who resides here is a Stakeholder in what government does. NONE should be without voice or service. Without residents there would be no Stakeholders.

Michael Poe - end



Marie Robb - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

Marie Robb - end



Mike Varela - start

There are four departments/commissions/districts (shown below) that have an impact on property rights in the City. Do you think that they are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that they discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

Please consider each one separately:


1. Planning Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

2. If elected, how would you direct the City Manager to change this Department?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

3. Planning Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

4. If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Planning Commission to carry out your vision of how the Planning Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

5. Landmark Commission?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

6.  If elected, what type of people would you appoint to the Landmark Commission to carry out your vision of how the Landmark Commission should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

7.Historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

8. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the rules governing historical districts and neighborhood conservation districts to carry out your vision of how they should function?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

9. Do you think that the restrictions in the current overlays (Gateway, Broadway, Seawall, Height and Density Development Zone) are helpful to individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which allows the owners to maximize the benefit that they can derive from their properties, or do you think that these overlays discourage individuals and businesses who want to rehab existing structures or build new structures, which reduces the benefit that the owners can derive from their properties?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

For example, should the City continue to restrict the types of businesses that can operate on the first floor of commercial buildings on Seawall Boulevard?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

10. If elected, what do you plan to do to change the current overlays?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

11. Do you think that residential and commercial property is over regulated by the City through unneeded ordinances? In short, does the City have a burdensome “Planning Penalty” (see following links) that is restricting development and population growth which reduces the benefit that owners can derive from their property?


Growing Galveston's Population
What Facilitates Population Growth?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

12. Do you think that the City government can properly and lawfully erect barricades around residential or commercial areas, for special events (e.g. Mardi Gras, Lonestar Rally, Dickens, etc.) and then charge a fee to access those areas, or sell the right to do so, to a private promoter, without the written approval of at least 51% of the property owners inside the barricaded area?

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

13. Do you think that the City should file a Takings action against the Army Corps of Engineers and the Houston Ship Channel to reimburse it for its costs to re-nourish its beaches, due to its diversion of much of the sand that would naturally re-nourish City beaches, as outlined in John Dreiss’ article (see following link)?

A Solution to Restore Galveston Beaches

No Response from the Candidate, yet.

14. Any closing thoughts on property rights that these questions did not cover that you feel are important?

No Response from the Candidate, yet. 

Mike Varela - end


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