Tamara Hunter-Maurer has lived in what’s now Centennial for 34 years. She is a professional engineer with a focus on transportation, roads and construction with the state of Colorado. She has worked on projects as project manager or as technical expert for traffic and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). She has served on CenCON, the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods, as a second vice president, and as president of the Ridgeview Hills North Civic Association.
She has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado.
Campaign website: tammymaurercitycouncil.com
Why do you want to serve on the Centennial City Council?
After spending 25 years as an involved citizen of Centennial, I want to use my knowledge and experience to be a leader and decision-maker for our city. My career as a state transportation engineer and my knowledge of Centennial issues make me the best candidate for the job. I will work to improve the reliability and safety of our transportation network and increase our mobility choices, including bicycle and pedestrian options … (and) encourage business development that supports citizens of all ages while improving employment opportunities, creating options for our senior community and adding and preserving parks and open spaces.
What would your approach be to managing growth and development in the city, if elected?
In strong economic times, it is easy for a city to take every opportunity that comes along, and this often leads to a patchwork of development that doesn’t serve our city well. I support a well thought-out strategy for growth using Centennial Next, the comprehensive plan update as a basis for our decisions. As a city, we must be proactive and seek out the type of development that will benefit our citizens and the financial stability of our city. Using our economic development staff in a proactive versus reactive manner is the first step toward a strategic approach to development.
Amid rising housing prices, what can city council do to ensure young families are not priced out of the city?
As we build our development strategy, we need to examine how zoning changes can create diversity in our housing stock. The comprehensive plan update committee is exploring implementation of mixed use, which allows zoning of an area to include services, businesses and residential. Centennial must work toward providing residential development that includes units of varied cost and size that will appeal to various demographics. To ensure a mixed-use concept addresses various needs, overall goals will need to be identified and applied in a combined effort between Centennial’s new council, Planning and Zoning Board and the city’s economic development staff.
What can city council to do improve traffic flow in Centennial?
The city is looking at integrating its traffic signal system and using real-time data collection and technologies to improve traffic operations. However, as their major roadway corridors traverse other city, county and state roadways, it would be more beneficial to provide this integration with (those) systems. Implementation and integration of these technologies will require collaboration and good communication. It will be important for the future council to have a good working knowledge of current and future technologies, applications and use of these real-time data collection systems. My traffic engineering background will be invaluable as we address our traffic issues.
What two issues need more attention than the current city council has given them?
Traffic is one of Centennial’s biggest issues. We need to improve our traffic infrastructure, interconnectivity and safety. We must increase multi-modal opportunities including pedestrian and bicycle path connectivity while keeping pedestrian and bicycle safety at the forefront. As Centennial’s demographics are changing, we must (also) develop a plan to serve our diverse population. Our growing senior population in addition to the number of young families living or moving here to raise their families will need city council to work to bring housing, services and businesses to meet their needs.