Having lived in Menifee for 23 years, Planning Commission Chairman Bill Zimmerman has a sense of the community's past and present, but his primary focus now is the city's future.
This afternoon, Zimmerman announced his candidacy for city council, running in District 3, which lies in south east quarter of Menifee (see map).
District 3 encompasses the Menifee Lakes and Menifee Greens communities in the north, all the way south to the Murrieta City limits, and the communities along Haun Rd.
The announcement came while city leaders recently submerged themselves in the process of updating its general plan, having completed a draft land use map, and now contemplating the state-required housing element, setting the tone for how the city will grow in the coming years.
"We have so many opportunities right here in Menifee", the 48 year old Zimmerman said in his announcement. "With creative planning, effective partnerships and resource sharing, we can be the most vibrant and attractive city in Southwest Riverside County".
Zimmerman has been married for 18 years, and has a 16 year old daughter. He is currently a founding member of the Arts Council Menifee and the Menifee Valley Historical Association.
In addition, Zimmerman was recently appointed to the MSJC Foundation Board of Directors, whose mission is to promote student success by enhancing the quality of higher education through securing private support through community alliances.
"The college is a jewel in our crown", Zimmerman stated, who went on to explain that the campus plans to build an athletic stadium and performing arts center. "It's exciting to know that we will grow together".
Accommodating for the anticipated growth means ensuring roadway infrastructure is in place. Last Tuesday evening, the city council held a Capital Improvement Program workshop where council member Darcy Kuenzi stressed the importance of completing studies, preliminary plans, and right-of-way acquisition for the Holland Road overpass.
"These tasks will qualify the project with WRCOG (Western Regional Council of Governments), and better position it for funding allocation", Zimmerman said. "Efficient traffic circulation is the key to ensuring our quality of life".
City council elections will be held November 6, 2012.