1997

What if I told you that some development in Lakeway was still ongoing under the ordinances and rules our City established in 1997? What if I told you that some development in Lakeway was required to abide by all current codes and ordinances? If I go to HEB today and buy eggs for $1.00 a dozen because I am grandfathered in on 1997 prices and yet you have to pay 2019 costs and shell out $3.65, how would that make you feel? What if there was so much more at stake like property values, water quality, and environmental impacts.

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Gretchen Vance
We Live Here. We Give Here.

I believe giving back to those around us are one of the most fulfilling things you can do. I am also of the belief that it does not matter what you do to give back; it all matters. Picking up trash at our City Parks, delivering meals to people in need, helping kids learn to swim, feeding young adults who are doing their part to fight cancer, or assisting families in making ends meet during the holidays. 

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Scrabble-Game On!

I’m not a gamer in the traditional sense of having a controller in my hand and watching a game playout on a television screen, but almost every day in my home, at any given hour you will find my husband and I, eye to eye, a Scrabble Board between us. This article by Shellie Karabell puts into words what I have always known. Playing Scrabble, in a strategic manner, makes me a better business person, problem solver and leader. Maximizing what you have, not what you wish you had, makes you a better strategist. Enjoy the read! 

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Revitalization

Revitalize. Revitalization. Redevelopment. In our crazy world of build-build-build, we often overlook redevelopment as one of the most important things we can do as a community to increase our property values, breathe life into new and existing small businesses and develop more profound community pride. Redevelopment by its own definition is the action of revitalizing tired or out of date shopping centers, homes, and green spaces. It also means making small yet meaningful changes in the ingress and egress of certain places of business to ease traffic and congestion on main roads such as 620. Although much of Lakeway is “new,” the heart and soul of our city is in the charm of the original homes, buildings and shopping centers. These “originals” are the roots of our community, and I believe they are worth cultivating, fertilizing and enhancing. 

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Multi-Generational Lens

If you closed your eyes and envisioned Lakeway in 10 years, what would that look like? What would the typical family look like? How would they interact with each other and their community? Prior to my mom’s death in March of 2018, my home was filled with five people from four generational categories. My mom, a Traditionalist, my husband a Baby Boomer, myself, a Generation Xer, and my younger kids, Gen Zers. Five people who grew up developing values in different social, economic, technological and political norms. Despite this, we were expected to contribute, cooperate, and thrive. Similar to the citizens of our community, just on a smaller scale. 

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Empowerment

No matter where the election path takes any of the candidates that make up Lakeway’s May 4th election, I think it is fair to say with certainty that “empowerment” was a guiding principle to taking a pen to paper to fill out their “Application for a place on the City of Lakeway, May 4, 2019 General Election Ballot”. It was indeed not a decision I made lightly. I weighed the impact on my family, my business, my business partners and my friends. I am privileged to be surrounded daily with some crazy, funny, amazingly resilient and intelligent humans. People who take pride in raising each other up, supporting each other, laughing with each other and sometimes crying with each other. 

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TGIF

Friday. TGIF. Friyay! Freedom. What does Friday mean to you? This Friday at 5:00PM is the deadline for applications to run for either a council seat or the Mayor’s office. The attention toward the importance of local elections is on the rise. The media coverage that has been focused on our city has churned the need for oversight, focus and engagement within our municipality and beyond. This brings us back to freedom. The freedom to cast our vote as we see fit, the freedom to elect representatives who we feel align with our values and freedom to speak about what is important to you. 

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Development

Development. Roads, Buildings, People. What does development mean to you? Webster’s says development is the act, process, or result of developing. It offers synonyms such as evolution, expansion, growth and progress. The City Council of Lakeway is always under development. It never has an endpoint, it is constantly in a state of evolution. Term limits as documented in the City Charter, limit service to 2 terms as a councilmember and 2 terms as a mayor. These term limits are in place to guarantee the citizens of Lakeway that their government is always progressing. Fresh ideas, new view-points, and new processes are only a few things that term limits, by nature of what they are, bring to the table.

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Hello Monday

Monday. It gets a bad rap. I love Monday. It is the reset button of each of week. It holds promise and it is a great day to refine and reposition your goals. This is my first Monday as a candidate for the position of City Councilmember for the City of Lakeway. How exciting is that? Civil engagement is the cornerstone of volunteerism. It can be political or non-political. What matters is that you channel your knowledge, skills, values and motivation to promote the quality of life in your community.

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