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Sandy City Councilor Jan Lee contends that her election opponent Kathleen Walker is distorting the truth about a city growth policy.

It's time to put Kathleen Walker's false assumptions behind us. Walker has made the statement that "the city eliminated the policy that 'growth should pay for itself' and that 'the city is now encouraging development' and 'benefiting developers over residents.'

Her conclusion was that the growth policy change in January 2019 extended to residential development as well as business.

No. The January change in the growth policy only ever applied to business. Documents on the city's website (Jan. 22 staff report and minutes as well as the accompanying video) clearly support this statement. Walker needs to research before accusing.

Last night (Tuesday, Sept. 8) at the City Council meeting, the six council members who participated in the January 2019 adoption of the growth policy were unanimous in reconfirming that their intent that the growth policy was related to business and economic development ONLY, with no intention to be relevant to residential development.

The Jan. 5, 2019, council retreat to set annual goals for Sandy resulted in planning an economic development committee to explore new business opportunities. An outcome of this discussion was that councilors decided to update the council's policy on growth.

The existing policy stated, "new growth should pay for itself." This conflicted with existing and potential future business development as the city's urban renewal, grants and other incentive programs were already supporting business retention and growth.

At the Jan. 22, 2019, council meeting the council modified the policy on growth to accommodate business development and passed a motion, "The City Council encourages new development that helps meet specific community goals or strengthens the local economy." All other wording in the prior policy was removed.

Jan Lee, Sandy City Councilor


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