Protect Neighborhood Integrity
Neighborhood zoning and high density development is the biggest issue of concern in District 4. People are so worried that their peaceful single family neighborhoods will be "steamrolled by progress."
At the rezone hearing on August 20, 2019, a developer proposed rezoning large acre lots to quarter acre lots, to build million dollar luxury homes. At the earlier planning commission meeting on August 1, 2019 (starting at marker 8:51), there was much discussion that this particular project, if approved, would be the tipping point and signal the end for large lots in our city. As a community, we would lose the last vestiges of rural life and the opportunity for future residents to enjoy the dream of having their own space and living close to nature, and still they approved the rezoning proposal.
When it then came before City Council on the 20th, one of our own Sandy City planning commissioners represented the developer, ignoring his obvious conflict of interest and heavy responsibility to the Public Trust. He took a stand against neighboring large lot owners and ultimately every citizen in the city concerned about the preservation of property rights. This hearing exposed that there are special rules for developers that are in tight with the planning commission and city council. People all over Sandy know the loss of large lots signals the end to rural life in our city. There will be nothing left for people who want to raise their families with animals in the backyard, nothing for urban farming or hobby farms, nothing for people who would just prefer a little elbow room between them and their next door neighbors. People with enough money don't need to respect current zoning laws in place as they can just buy their way around the rules.
I speak at marker 1:52:30 during the City Council meeting where I argue this is not a horse property right issue but rather a right of every property owner in the city to rely on the certainty of our zoning laws in the neighborhoods we invest in. I also called for our planning commissioner to step down, because after his misleading presentation about the location of surrounding large lots and dismissing the value of horse property owners as relics of the past, he declared himself pro-developer and will never regain the public trust. If elected, I would reform our administrative code to prevent planning commission members from this type of abuse of their public position.
Let's protect the special things in our community that make Sandy unique. "NO" to rezone on 114th!
Transparency & Accountability
During our water contamination crisis, I was frustrated and worried like my neighbors, about the mismanagement and lack of oversight of our fluoride delivery system, and slow pace of communication with residents. When reports of illnesses and the risk of a full blown public health crisis became known after the first days of contamination, I immediately contacted my council representative and the mayor's office. When I was not satisfied with their response or their grasp of the problem, I contacted county and state offices for answers that I could share with my community. It shouldn't be up to individual residents to investigate failures of our public systems, and I am on record with the city council demanding improvements to our safety culture in all areas of city services, especially our clean water delivery.
Dimple Dell Park Tax Payer-Funded Development
In 2017 I learned Salt Lake County was planning a $4 million asphalt construction project in Dimple Dell Park under the guise of "maintenance and improvement" that was advertised to voters like me, who supported the ZAP bond. I felt so betrayed by the lack of transparency in the process, that I organized a movement to undo that decision. I formed a community group to Keep Dimple Dell Wild and fought development plans in our treasured 640-acre wilderness preserve. I wrote a petition that received 10,000 signatures and organized demonstrations and protests in the park. With the support of the Sandy community, we were successful in stopping the environmentally destructive development. As a resident, I'm proud of the outcome, but I believe it should not be that hard to get our leaders' attention.
As a resident pushing for increased appreciation of our shrinking open space, fighting for clean air, or defending existing zoning laws against wealthy developers who are looking to maximize profit by changing our neighborhoods, I speak up regularly at City Council meetings and have personally experienced a dismissive attitude toward concerned residents who come in to speak on their issues. Regardless of one's stature in the community, a resident that takes the time to come in and voice their opinion should be treated with the highest level of decorum and respect.
City Council Accountability
City Council should work for the people, and hold their meetings at a time in the evening that will encourage public participation. Switching the traditional 6:15 start time to the new 5:15 start time I believe is designed to frustrate public participation. I'm on record pushing to:
Restore the 6:15 weekly council meeting time
End the catered city council dinners
Adopt term limits for both the mayor and the city council
I propose publishing all city salaries so they are a matter of easy access public record. If you'd like to see what the current city council earns (wages, benefits, and incentives), you can find the most recent information from 2018 here. We should also amend the city council pay so that every member earns the same amount.
Fight Overdevelopment & Density
I'm an advocate for my neighbors who are feeling the pressure of unwanted high-density development and rapid growth. I speak up at planning commission and city council meetings.
I'm the only candidate with a Track Record of Success to protect our open space from development. I led the battle to stop Dimple Dell Park from being paved. I consistently fight to protect our neighborhoods from developer’s extreme rezoning proposals that open the floodgates to dramatic shifts in density, leaving existing neighbors to pay the price with diminished property values, obstructed views & traffic congestion.
As the only non-realtor in the race, I'm not dependent on special interest development deals for my livelihood so you won’t have to worry about me bringing professional conflicts of interest to the council. I have an established record at Sandy City Hall, speaking up for individuals, families, neighbors, police, fire and city workers.
Support First Responders
ENDORSED BY THE SANDY CITY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
It is not enough to say we appreciate our first responders and honor them at 9-11 memorials. We need to put our money where our mouths are and offer pay and benefits to attract and retain the best. First Resonders don’t just punch a time card, they dedicate their lives to the very noble profession of public safety. It's important for us to provide the personnel and equipment they need to stay safe on the job, while keeping us safe.
Defend Open Space
I'm the founder and leader of the Dimple Dell Preservation Community, the grassroots citizen group who stopped the county from paving Dimple Dell Park in 2017. We've since formed a nonprofit dedicated to the natural and historical preservation of our most precious wilderness area in Sandy.
Why is saving Dimple Dell so important? It is important to everyone who cares about the air we breathe, the roads we travel, and the neighborhoods we come home to at night. If you care these things it is critical to have a representative who will listen to the people and be a watchdog on government projects such as the Highland Drive extension through Dimple Dell Park. I’m the candidate who led a preservation movement and delivered success no one could have predicted for Dimple Dell.
I will continue to fight to protect our neighborhoods, and will be the people’s voice as your elected city council member for District 4.