Safe, Stable Neighborhoods, and Larger Lot Sizes

Safe, Stable Neighborhoods, and Larger Lot Sizes

The Housing Mix: Then and Now

Eagle Mountain has, at times, had a poor mix of housing units, but over my time on the City Council, that has improved. We have seen a marked increase in larger lots, and while there is more work to be done, it’s moving in the right direction.

My strategy for housing is multi-faceted and intentional, designed to protect the Eagle Mountain we know and love while also planning for, and responding to, inevitable growth that is bringing more residents and much-needed businesses to the city.

My Record on Housing

Here are some specific instances in when I’ve applied my principles and some of these strategies over the past four years (keep in mind that these have been collaborative efforts. Other currently serving elected officials and city staff should also be credited for many of these):

  • I have regularly voted against proposals of new high density housing; including town-homes and condos. One such proposal was Sunset Flats, a development proposing condos/apartments directly adjacent to single family homes on Bobby Wren near Pioneer Addition. I made a strong push to deny the rezone request. There were many reasons I did so, but primarily, the desire to put high density against established single family residential was a non-starter for me. It was not the appropriate place, nor the appropriate time. The rest of the council agreed, and the proposal was denied. Subsequently, the proposal returned with nearly half the density and with all multi-family building removed. The character of the new development is much more inline with the existing homes and uses in the City Center area.
  • I proposed the lot size transitioning code to staff that was approved and implemented. This code protects existing residences by buffering incompatible uses from each other, where previous code would allow multi-family next to 1/2 acre lots. That code has protected residents and encouraged more well-planned developments throughout the city.
  • I regularly negotiate removing lots and better placement of high density units in previously approved developments. Some examples include: Overland and Scenic Mountain.
  • I’m currently working collaboratively with my colleagues to update the residential zones to limit what has previously been too much flexibility for developers as well as eliminate the bonus density system (a pay-to-play system that allows developers to buy additional density with antiquated amenities). This applies across the board, not just in the higher densities.

Looking to the Future: Managing Residential Growth

Here are some strategies I am looking to implement upon re-election to the City Council:

  • We currently have ~15% multi-family in the city. That percentage should NOT be increased.
  • Make zoning changes (currently in progress) to promote more larger lots and create increased residential stability.
  • Incentivize single family
    • Allow for slightly smaller single family homes on traditional lots to increase affordability of those homes.
    • Streamline the basement/mother-in-law apartment code to remove barriers from providing affordable rentals within the city while protecting the character of neighborhoods in which those units reside.

Our city is at an inevitable crossroads, whether any of us like it or not, and I am committed to protecting and promoting the look-and-feel of Eagle Mountain as it currently exists, as our city transitions into one that offers more much-needed in-town jobs and services. I have kept, and am committed to keeping city tax rates low and prioritizing needs like infrastructure, over other wants and desires. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Eagle Mountain and look forward to being able to serve again should I be granted that opportunity.