Certificate in Smart City Design & Tech
In preparation for my application to the Sandy City Planning Commission in 2019, I earned this certificate from MIT.
I learned about a vision for growing cities where people are less reliant on automobiles, have more money, lead healthier lives, strengthen community relationships, and innovate for economic and social development.
I am bringing this vision to Sandy City.
Sandy City is car dependent. This is due to government subsidies for highways, urban sprawl, and zoning, and is a significant reason our air pollution is so bad.
We have a history of expanding I-15, for example, which relieves congestion for a couple years, and then we are back to where we were. There has even been talk of adding a second level to I-15. This approach will turn us into LA, and traffic will inevitably become unmanageable.
We need alternatives to private vehicles. I will lead on building out mass transit, carpooling incentives, ride-sharing programs, vehicle conversion programs, parking restrictions, transition to EVs, Personal Electric Vehicles, and walkable and bikeable communities.
This is an especially important conversation that is happening right now with regards to our canyons. Please get involved by contacting me directly. Unless you want our foothills to become hotels, luxury condos, traffic, worsened biking and more crowded recreation…
*Photo credit Salt Lake Tribune
We are entering a new phase in transportation. Already we are using ride-share apps, and vehicles are becoming autonomous. As fewer vehicles are on the road, we will need fewer parking spaces, and thus that space can be reclaimed for more productive, human activity.
DID YOU KNOW? The Salt Lake City Council did a study that found that parking at its peak only utilized approximately 60% of the available parking spaces.
This reclaiming of land has tremendous impacts for our society, and it coincides with a return to the valley by artists, young professionals, retirees, and corporations who want to be in an innovation district. Still, this will require zoning modernization, which I will bring to our city while simultaneously diversifying and strengthening our local economy.
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Relationship between Density and Mobility
Look at the large swaths of space in Sandy that do not have public transit. This means they are car dependent. The reason for this is that we do not have the density to support the financial viability of such a system. And the reason for that is zoning.
If we plan for this population growth correctly, we can do it sustainably, with multi-use zoning. That means we will build out our district to accommodate less travel, more local business, more telecommuting, and more living options, like accessory dwelling units. HB 82 was signed by Governor Cox as a start.
We know that growth is coming – our population is expected to double in the next 20-30 years. We can do this the smart, data-driven way, or we can continue to be dependent on the automobile. This will result in the construction of high-speed bridges over Dimple Dell, increased speed limit Wasatch Boulevard, worsened air quality, more congestion on our crowded streets, and a reduced quality of life.
*Photo credit UTA