Letter to the editor: Walker takes statements out of context
In Wednesday's edition of The Sandy Post, Kathleen Walker, a candidate for City Council, stated the following:
"The current council eliminated (the guidelines that) 'development should pay for itself,' and 'Council should be neutral on growth,' in its goal setting session. I think we should make decisions that benefit residents first, not developers."
In truth, the two statements she quoted were taken out of context and did not even apply to residential development. I would like to see this statement corrected so that our residents are not under the assumption that the statement quoted above is related to residential development.
The council discussed this matter relative to commercial business development under Sandy's Urban Renewal Program in Jan. 22, 2019, City Council meeting. You can watch the discussion by viewing the video of the Jan. 22, 2019, City Council meeting, agenda item 9.1.
The intent of the removal of the underlined language Walker quotes was to acknowledge that the city and Urban Renewal Agency already provides financial support to businesses via various programs, for example facade improvement and tenant improvement, and therefore that language no longer applies since we have programs that do assist with business costs.
The discussion was specifically centered around business and commercial growth, and not residential.
The remaining language on that issue reads: "The City Council encourages new development that helps meet specific community goals, or strengthens the local economy," again relating to commercial business. Anyone can review the entire listing of current council policies here.
Jan Lee, Sandy
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jan Lee is an incumbent city councilor, and is running for re-election against challenges from Kathleen Walker and Nikki Butcher-Duell.
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