Charlotte council members want to build on 2018 accomplishments

Big year for Charlotte City leaders

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte City Council had a busy 2018. The city approved numerous incentives to attract jobs and company headquarters to the Queen City. Charlotte also won the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and voters passed a $50 million affordable housing bond.

For 2019 council members want to achieve more on those issues.

“As we see so much growth we as a city have to continue to keep up with that,” At-large council member Dimple Ajmera said.

Ajmera wants to continue the focus on improving environmental sustainability. She tells WBTV that there still can be improvements air and water quality.

“We have several projects in the pipeline,” Ajmera said.

“We have an innovation bar that’s going to create jobs clean jobs for our city (and) also helps us reduce or waste.”

Economic development is also a key focus of council members James “Smuggie” Mitchell and Tarig Bokhari. At the end of 2018 three were a flurry of jobs announcements with Honeywell, AvidXchange and Lending Tree all announcing they were bringing more jobs to Charlotte.

“I think that’s going to really be the mark of us switching gears to really put an emphasis on economic development,” Bokhari said.

Mitchell says he also wants to continue to improve on citizen-police relations and make sure minority contract firms are included in city plans.

Affordable housing will also continue to be a focus as the city decides what to do with a $50 million affordable housing bond and more eagerness from the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners to collaborate on the issue.

Councilors WBTV spoke with argued all these issues need to be addressed otherwise city residents won’t be able to benefit.

“We have to combine all of these assets together to make folks have those opportunities to become sustainable, to have that American dream, to have upward mobility,” Bokhari said.

Other issues council members focused on…

- Property Revaluation

- The integration of a new city attorney

- Rezoning efforts

- Aging infrastructure

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