Bradburn Brief Nov 2019
Dear Sandy Resident,
This time of year, we all take a moment to gather with our families and reflect on the things we are grateful for in our lives. I am especially grateful to those residents who spend their free time actively participating in this community. A quote by Max Lucado states, “No one can do everything but everyone can do something.” I see residents every day who represent this ideal with their small acts of service to make our community better.
Development in our city is a topic that residents care deeply about. My stance on growth in Sandy has never wavered. High-density developments are only appropriate in areas of the city that have close access to mass transit or freeways. It should not encroach on our peaceful neighborhoods or encumber the flow of traffic. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure that this kind of development stays in the areas of the city like the downtown Cairns District.
It is important to keep in mind that I, as the Mayor, do not make rezoning decisions. City Council is solely responsible for land use in our strong mayor form of government. Where I can make a difference is by restructuring the process to make it more transparent and responsive to the community. When I took office, we reorganized the neighborhood meetings that are held prior to a development approval to ensure that surrounding neighbors are invited and all public comments are captured. I appointed a planning commission that would be completely independent from the Mayor’s office and directed my staff to no longer provide recommendations about approvals. Under this new format, the planning commission can weigh each project objectively and make a recommendation to City Council.
Over the last 20 months, it has been my priority to take the time to listen to all sides and find solutions that work for property owners and the community. It isn’t possible to stop all growth but we can plan for growth where the infrastructure supports it and has minimal impact to residents. It is important that we have a diverse mix of housing options for all stages of life. We want to be able to stay close to our children and grandchildren and that means we must have housing in all price ranges. By working together, we can find solutions that preserve the things we love about living here while accommodating those who wish to make Sandy their home in the future.
Don’t forget you can connect with us to get more information by going to sandy.utah.gov and SandyNow.com and by accessing our social media channels @SandyCityUtah on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for daily updated information. Download the Sandy CityServe app to alert city staff on issues that need attention. You can also send me an email at email@example.com.
Have a very happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
Mayor Kurt Bradburn