Q&A: Jim Pierson is running for Flower Mound Town Council Place 1

Image description
rs=w-800,cg-true

Jim Pierson is running for the Flower Mound Town Council Place 1 seat. He is running against Laura Ella Dillon and Laile Neal.


Community Impact Newspaper sent Pierson a list of questions about his candidacy. This article is part of ongoing May 4 election coverage and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. His responses below have been edited for publication style.


Why did you decide to run for this office?


The Serenity project in 2016-17 was an attempt to create a planned development in the heart of the Cross Timbers Conservation Development District that did not follow the elements or the spirit of the master plan for that unique area. As a resident since 1984 and having raised our family here in this beautiful Cross Timbers area, we participated with our neighbors in the effort to stop this plan and were successful. Later I was approached to consider applying for planning and zoning or running for Town Council. Since our children are grown and I’m retired (mostly), I decided the best way to participate was to use my knowledge and experience to work with other council members for a better future for the entire town than the course we are on today.

What do you think is one of the biggest issues facing Flower Mound today, and how do you plan to address it on council?


The issues in our town are all linked. Apartments drive density, traffic and more maintenance. Apartments also occupy space that might be used for better and truly affordable senior housing and preserving our unique qualities, to name a few. We must look at all these holistically.

If elected, what would be your top priorities?


Listen to the residents—Better and more candid surveys to understand what the people want and improve our communication to them.

Morriss Road—Do not add more lanes; improve the existing lanes. Make it easier for people to get around town and safer for children, parents and pedestrians.

Revisit our direction for master plan amendments—Lakeside is a part of the master plan but was to be developed as a “large-scale commercial and/or light industrial such as corporate offices, office parks. ...” What has evolved is a high-density residential area [that] has contributed to some of the issues we are now beginning to face as well as creating controversy and mistrust. We should work with the development community to create a process that follows the master plan. In the last two-plus years there have been just under 35-plus amendments.

Protect the Cross Timbers—This is one of the three specific characteristics of Flower Mound that makes us unique from any other community and which is an enormous selling point to future development. There are many untapped opportunities to accomplish this, among them assist and guide our economic development team in tapping this resource.

Transparency—We can certainly stand to improve this area, very quickly, allowing all citizens to be made aware of changes being considered well in advance, providing them with a one-page, concise summary or the potential impact to critical areas such as effect on density, traffic, environmental concerns and if an MPA will be required. Then they can decide well in advance of public hearing whether they want to take time from their families to sit through [a] council meeting.

Support our existing small businesses—Understand the market for business who wish to open.

What experience—professionally or politically—do you have that would prepare you for this position?


I am a retired operational manager [and] a consultant for a couple of clients in the home health industry.
I served on P&Z in the early days. I was fortunate to work on the early master plans whose many visions and principles are included in our current edition. I knew the leaders that created the document [and] how much they loved this town and the purpose that they intended. As a husband, father and grandfather, I realize now is the time for me to step back to public service to use my knowledge and experience to help guide Flower Mound to the future that was intended for our Flower Mound.
SHARE THIS STORY


MOST RECENT

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Here's a list of candidates running in the 2020 primary for Texas, Denton County offices

Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village voters will have the chance to go to the polls March 3 to vote in local, state and national elections.

(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Denton County Public Health urges residents to get vaccinated as local flu cases rise

Officials asked residents to get vaccinated as flu cases rise in Denton County.

(Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eggspress Cafe coming soon to Highland Village

Eggspress Cafe is expected to open in Highland Village by the end of the year.

(Photo by Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wellmind Coffee Co. now open in Highland Village

A new coffee shop is open in Highland Village.

(Rendering courtesy Bright Realty)
Bella Grande Nail Salon coming soon to The Realm at Castle Hills

Bright Realty announced Dec. 3 that Bella Grande Nail Salon is set to open in The Realm at Castle Hills in fall 2020.

(Photo by Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Flower Mound Town Council awards $1.6 million contract for construction of water line at Morriss Road

Flower Mound Town Council unanimously voted Dec. 2 to award a $1.6 million construction contract to Western Municipal Construction of Texas to install a 20-inch water line at Morriss Road.

Lynda Sue Costley, 69, got a drafting degree from Amarillo College decades ago and returned to take classes in design software. She is in default on student loans she took out from the federal government. (Photo by Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune)
Report: Americans age 65 and over are fastest growing demographic of student loan debt borrowers

Student loan debt doesn’t impact just millennials — it affects senior citizens, too.

(Photo by Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
DFW Landfill in Lewisville scales back business as it nears capacity

After 47 years of operation, the DFW Landfill in Lewisville is nearing the end of its life, officials say.

Denton County’s senior population is expected to increase significantly in coming years, but meeting the need for professional caregivers will be challenging, according to officials. (Graphic by Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Denton County's growing senior population to fuel demand for caregivers, resources to help them

A shortage of caregivers for older adults is expected to become more severe as the senior population booms in the next decade.

(Graphic by Chase Autin/Community Impact Newspaper)
Real estate update: here's the latest market data for Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village

Market data is compiled several weeks after the closure of the month to ensure accuracy. Here are the most recent housing statistics for the area.

The city of Lewisville will host its Old Town Holiday Stroll Dec. 7 with a day full of activities for the whole family. (Courtesy city of Lewisville)
Here's 10 things to do in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village in December

There's a variety of holiday events coming up soon in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village.

(Courtesy Adobe stock)
Lewisville officials expect Garden Ridge Trail construction to be complete this spring

The city of Lewisville is almost done with a 4.2-mile trail and 3.6-mile bike lane that is shared with vehicles alongside Garden Ridge Boulevard and South Valley Parkway.

Back to top