Roads In May 2017, the city council voted to create a Transportation Utility Fund. This fund, paid for by taxpayer dollars, is necessary to repair and maintain the roads of Highland. We need long-term plans, not quick fixes that are bound to cause problems later on. As councilman, I will be an honorable steward of these funds and direct the money where it is needed most, in accordance with the City’s current 7-year plan. I will also explore the possibility of trail snow removal throughout the winter, so our residents have a safe place to walk and recreate during the winter.
City Planning and Zoning code While I do not have any undeveloped land in Highland or in the State of Utah as a whole to cause a conflict of interest, my experience as a professional developer is an asset to our city. I understand the ways that the existing planning and zoning code both helps and hurts our community, and I will continue to work with staff to clarify and simplify these codes. I support larger lots to maintain the rural look and character of Highland. I support alternative zoning where it makes sense. Open space, trails and parks make our city a great place to live and raise a family, and I will continue that legacy. I will use my decades experience in land development to help Highland negotiate the best deals for our residents.
Legacy Flats During my years on the planning commission, I have often heard from the citizens of Highland that they want the option to expand their household in a non-traditional manner.
To address this need, I want to introduce a concept that would allow detached-dwelling units on larger lots, restricted to 800 square feet with off-street parking. These units would be small, and tucked back on the lot. These would not be rental properties, and basement rental and a legacy flat would not be allowed on the same property.
The intent for these units would be:
College students going to school while having some separation.
Newlyweds just starting out.
Aging parents who need to be cared for but want to keep some freedom.
Empty nesters who want to travel and allow their children to raise families in their main residence.
Hosting visiting family with more privacy.
Closed on Sunday Family time is important to me, and I have made the personal decision to close my business on Sunday and set aside that day for gathering with loved ones. For generations, many citizens of Highland have felt the same.
In 2012, the city council voted to allow open businesses on Sundays, but the citizens overturned this vote by a large majority. Business hours affect individuals who may work in retail shops, or families who have teenagers wanting to get a job. However, allowing businesses to open has the potential to increase tax revenues and fund other important initiatives. If the citizens of Highland want to put forth a initiative and vote on this issue, I am in support of democracy deciding.
Open space/public trails I do not think we should sell our trails, period. Public trails are a core amenity to our community. I support the Wimbleton Referendum, and will work to protect our current trail system and improve its connectivity throughout our city.
Regarding the sale of open spaces, it is imperative that we keep an open mind as a city. There are equitable, defined solutions to this issue that can be explored. Within certain parameters that keep the integrity of our open spaces and neighborhoods, the sale of select open spaces have the potential to help move Highland forward.
Water As a rural community in a state currently plagued by drought, water is one of our most precious resources. With this in mind, I support irrigation metering. Measuring water usage gives us the data we need to improve irrigation practices, stop water waste and generate income from the water that belongs to everyone. We should continue to apply for state grants in order to ease the transition for our city taxpayers. Revenue generated should be used for utility improvements and the drilling of deeper wells.
As a councilman, I will also keep a sharp eye on well water to ensure that all of our residents have equal access to safe and clean drinking water.