Profile: Nicholas Moucha - Rochester City Council Ward 4
Name:Nicholas R Moucha
Election:Bachelor's degree in marketing at UW Eau Claire
Occupation:Real estate agent and entrepreneur
Heart of the City committee; Downtown Neighborhood Association president; Finance Committee of Aldrich School Board of Directors.
What should the city's DMC priorities be in the next two to three years?
Entrepreneurial, community and individual resident growth.
DMC needs to bring in new businesses and foster an environment to support new-stage businesses. Community growth in all aspects must be part of DMC; we must bring community together for more events all over the city and encourage a full city community made up of people from all backgrounds. Lastly, DMC should encourage activities that help our citizens grow as individuals by advocating programs such as a children's museum, an art center and other community engaging programs.
How should new development be balanced with neighborhood values?
We must take a balanced approach as we move forward. Neighborhoods need to be preserved in some cases to retain original architecture, landscape and community culture. New development can be a part of revitalizing a neighborhood without disrupting the full neighborhood. Neighborhood associations are a great way to activate a community voice as we move forward in creating new and renewing developments.
What planning efforts should be priorities as Rochester faces new growth? (e.g. roads, parking, affordable housing, land use, zoning)
As Rochester grows we need to reassess our policies and procedures in regards to development. To encourage proper and beneficial growth, we need to incentivize builders for green building, density and affordable/accessible housing for all. I am in favor of a communications position to facilitate developments and ensure plans are followed and kept on track.