There is a lot of talk and concern in the 7th over the Growth Management Act. Like all things there are some pro’s and con’s to the GMA but it’s intent is to create a framework for sustainable growth and to prevent the kind of urban sprawl experienced by so much of the country. This forces difficult questions about where do private property rights stop and the rights of the community as a whole begin.


I firmly believe that prior planning prevents future problems. Working inside the GMA to establish clear boundaries, priorities and future land use plans allows everyone a seat at the table and a voice. Understanding that there is no such thing as a one size fits all regulations and making appropriate and well reasoned exceptions to the GMA will also be necessary to meet the needs of our unique district. By planning ahead and setting clear intentions we can ensure both private property owners and the community benefit from the vast natural resources we can protect our quality of life and our historical roots.