Heyward Wescott

Heyward Wescott.

HeywardforDunwoody.com

Occupation: Custom Signs Today, principal/owner

Previous elected offices held: None

Other community service experience: Current: Board of Directors, Dunwoody Police Foundation; Vice President, Create Dunwoody (Arts Council to bring public art to Dunwoody); Board of Directors and Past Chair, Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber; Co-Chair, No Kid Hungry Society. Past: Vice-Chair, Dunwoody Planning Commission; Vice President, Dunwoody Homeowners Association; Board of Directors, GLASS (Georgia for Local Area School Systems); Club President, Kingsley Swim & Racquet.

What is motivating you to run for this office?

My personal love for our city and its future direction is what drives me to run for office. I have always tried to make Dunwoody a place we are all proud to call home, and I believe my experience, vision and leadership can help us in the next chapter for our city. I would focus on making the Dunwoody Village a more vibrant place to shop, eat and gather for entertainment. We can be the catalyst by adding green space and improving the surrounding infrastructure that makes the area more walkable and appealing.

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

The proposed managed lanes that will affect the Georgetown area and residents along I-285 is one of the biggest issues facing District 2. We need to work diligently with GDOT to mitigate the negative impact that this project will have on our community to ensure the best possible outcomes for safety, noise and appearance. There is also a significant amount of development that is happening in the Perimeter area. We need to ensure that every project is consistent with our master plan and contributes in a positive way towards our vision of placemaking.

What is the city’s role in such projects as multiuse path networks and arts centers, and how would you pay for them?

Our growing trail network is a vital part of our city. Dunwoody needs to develop a master plan for trailways to ensure effective connectivity, both within our city and to trailways in neighboring cities (creating connections to PATH400, the BeltLine and Silver Comet). Much of this work can be funded using hotel-motel tax, collaborating with PCIDs and taking advantage of available grants. As a founding board member of “Create Dunwoody,” I believe this new arts council will play a vital role in supporting the city’s art centers and allowing them to expand the great services they provide.

What is your vision for the future of Dunwoody Village?

I envision a vibrant community center where we can all gather to enjoy shopping, food and entertainment. It needs to be a pedestrian-friendly environment with additional green space. The city can be a catalyst for development by investing in much-needed infrastructure, such as intersection improvements, additional sidewalks, park benches and lighting. It is critical that we work collaboratively with the property owners to encourage redevelopment that is consistent with the wants and desires of the Dunwoody community.

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