2015 Voter's Guide: Ward 3 (Paul McElhaney and Michael Spatacco)

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1. What is one thing you would like to see changed in Lower Merion Township? Please explain how you will work to effectuate that change.

Paul McElhaney: Due to the current litigation brought by your organization in which I am named, council has advised not to respond at this time.

Michael Spatacco: I think Lower Merion needs a more thoughtful process for approving new development. I will work toward this change by listening to residents that will be effected by the development or change.

2. Does Lower Merion Township have any responsibility to maintain, protect or create affordable housing? What do you propose should be done to foster housing diversity in Ardmore and other parts of the township?

Paul McElhaney: Due to the current litigation brought by your organization in which I am named, council has advised not to respond at this time.

Michael Spatacco: I’m sure there is some responsibility for the township to maintain and protect affordable housing. I also feel that the responsibility of home‐ownership should fall upon the resident, and not the township.

3. What are your thoughts about the use of state taxpayer monies for private development?

Paul McElhaney: Due to the current litigation brought by your organization in which I am named, council has advised not to respond at this time.

Michael Spatacco: I am generally against the use of state taxpayer monies for private development. The only circumstance where I could envision supporting this use of taxpayer monies is the development of something for which there is an overwhelming public outcry of support.

4. Many Township residents are experiencing forced densification of their neighborhoods. What are your thoughts about increased density in the Township? Do you see the need for greater density in certain neighborhoods? Please explain fully.

Paul McElhaney: Due to the current litigation brought by your organization in which I am named, council has advised not to respond at this time.

Michael Spatacco: Forced densification is something we all have to deal with on an ongoing and seemingly expanding basis. I would like for the township to give greater consideration to the quality of life issues that face current residents every day rather than looking constantly towards growing the number of residents. Historically some areas are always going to be more crowded than others within the township, but I think we need to keep a mindful eye on the added traffic and burden that will be placed on our schools and teachers if we continue to grow for growth’s sake. It seems we have become all too accustomed to agreeing to growth projects that provide little or no tangible benefit to the residents who will have to live with them.

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