We should continue to diversify our housing thoughtfully, maintaining the established flow of the city to retain neighborhood aesthetic while allowing for high-density, walkable, connected communities. Density should align with our infrastructure capabilities, ensuring we can reliably serve resident needs.
We need more places to recreate, to connect, and to experience the outdoors. Let's continue expanding our green space and improving pedestrian access. Green spaces should be ecologically sound and enhance our natural environmental beauty. Spaces should accommodate both independent and social activities.
Our trails offer excellent opportunities for exploring and exercising, and we should continue to expand them. We must make sure our future parks include enough space for our popular community sports programs, designing sports fields strategically to offer sufficient space while limiting the requirements for water.
Everyone deserves to feel safe. We can establish our own fire station, selecting a location that will provide optimum access and rapid response. Public facilities should remain carefully maintained and accessible, and outreach should be offered to victims of domestic violence, food insecurity, substance abuse, and more. We can connect people to the help they need.
Residents of all ages should have opportunities for engaged learning. We can support local businesses and organizations that offer learning and growth. We can connect with resources to enhance our library and expand our current educational programs. We can offer opportunities for residents to better learn how to use and understand technology.
We have a meaningful number of people living in our 55+ communities. They need to be considered when planning our shared spaces, and we must ensure they have access to community support programs. We can offer them garden space and wellness checks and ensure they are connected to the people around them.
What makes Vineyard unique? Who are we and where do we come from? Our past informs our future, and we are writing our current stories for the next generations. Together we can be sure our record is robust and accessible.
Our city is diverse, and our businesses should reflect that. Let's try to attract companies that cater to all types of tastes and who enhance our city by providing novelty and variety. Let us also make certain that everyone knows they have a place in our city.
We can ensure that everyone knows where to access healthcare, helping connect people to the services they need while taking note of frequent challenges to implement efficient systems for handling them. We can connect with local organizations to offer more health screenings.
The arts are an integral part of any society. Let's bring opportunities to our residents who want to engage in music, theater, dance, and other artforms by providing support and venues. We are home to many talented individuals whose work should be shared.
There are many citizen science opportunities that can be facilitated by the city. Be part of important research while learning about the world around you. You can participate by observing different aspects of the natural world and reporting them, providing valuable scientific data to local institutions.
We are seeing the devastation of a drought before our eyes. Thoughtful plant selection can enhance the city's landscape with minimal water use, allowing us to retain greenery even through tough times. More programs can be offered to help residents understand proper irrigation techniques.
Installing our first community garden was powerfully important for me. More than just a garden, it has brought members of our community together, improving the world through a common interest. I created a community seed exchange to enable everyone to grow their own food, beautify their personal spaces, and learn about the natural world.
As a representative for Vineyard on the Utah Valley Sustainability Coalition, I work with staff and city government to create and implement sustainability strategies and policy. I have educated citizens on smart water use, pushed for LEED certification in our Town Center, and continue to protect land segments that hold ecological value.
Clear understanding between city officials, city staff, and the public is essential. In addition to working on the Vineyard Tree Manual and other documents to make them more accessible and understandable, I have also built strong relationships with staff that allow me to work with them to get things done.
Collaboration has been central to my work with the city. From working with the mayor on cultural and social programs, to working with other planning commissioners on parking improvement efforts, I find helpful people everywhere I go, and together we make rapid and visible progress.
I have trekked the wild spaces of Vineyard with staff and residents to understand our waters, soils, flora, and fauna. This knowledge will allow us to maintain the integrity of our land while expanding upon its uses. I have worked with developers to formulate plans for the restoration and maintenance of wetlands on their properties.
I have worked as a Planning Commissioner to protect residents' abilities to have livestock, maintain at-home businesses, and to supplement their income with rentals. My goal is always to support the majority while protecting the minority, which can be a difficult thing in a diversifying community. Increasing community participation in these meetings is a high priority.
Everyone who lives in our city deserves a chance to succeed. I engage with all types of residents, from students to families to retirees. Even though we all have different living needs, I find that we also have commonalities that can bring us together, uniting us on our path forward.
Serving on the Utah Valley Clean Air Task Force allows me to stay updated on the latest concerns our state faces, as well as strategize and implement policy that will protect the health of our residents.
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