My name is Rich Wood and I am running for city council in Eagle Mountain. My wife Kim and I moved out here with our 4 year old Whitney and 9 month old Damon in 2013. I am a Realtor and found Eagle Mountain's beauty and charm after I sold a few homes here. I loved driving down Ranches Parkway and enjoyed the beautiful landscaping and golf course. After some searching, we bought a home in Silverlake and welcomed Dawson into our family a few years later. Our original intention was to buy cheap and then sell the house a few years later and move. Here we are 8 years later and we never want to move. We love the lifestyle of Eagle Mountain, it's citizens and beauty. I decided to get involved in land use after being frustrated with the lack of restriction and regulations on new developments. There seemed to be no desire to make yards useable and accessible and 2 cars definitely did not fit in the garages. I was also frustrated with the unfinished medians on pony express parkway and the many parks that were in poor repair. As I began looking around, the city had a lot of unfinished developments, amenities and roads. I sought out appointment to a vacant seat on the planning commission from then Mayor Pengra. After an in person interview and a number of telephone conversations I was appointed to the planning commission. What I found was a system steeped in old ways, staff led planning and a commission and council that had become little more than a rubber stamp for developer's applications. To say it was unpopular to disagree and dissent is a massive understatement. I faced uphill battles from staff, council and even other members of the commission. I decided to learn my duties as a commissioner from the entity that mandated the commission, the state. What I found was that we were not functioning according to the state law and had surrendered our authority to city hall. I worked diligently with the new members of the planning commission to right the ship and protect the city from developer overreach on land use. I discovered that the planning commission had a large duty to write land use code and recommend it to the city council for adoption into municipal code. During this time I served as the chairman of the planning commission and authored most of the zoning code that is now our municipal code. I also authored the new master development code that put the city back in the driver's seat on all land use contracts.
I believe in following the law, being transparent in administering the law, having integrity to fulfill the duties you have been entrusted with, especially when they are unpopular yet lawful, and I believe that we are better as a city when citizens get involved. Many times on the planning commission the citizens provided perspectives that can't be seen or identified on a map, a report or a presentation. We need to listen better as a city to what the citizens want, then act on their behalf. Our city, our future. I am about Getting Results.
Eagle Mountain is the town we all grew up in. It is filled with kids playing outside, neighborhood barbecues and fundraisers, yard sales and community service projects and epic events. When I moved here, the city traditions were the kind that people move to and stay in a city for. A rodeo, a weeklong city celebration called Pony Express Days, fireworks for different events and a parade to boot. Some of those traditions have been fought for and kept. Others have been left behind as memories. One of the great things about Eagle Mountain is it's roots and sense of community that runs deep. I am running for city council to keep Eagle Mountain filled with small town traditions, where the American dream of single family home ownership is realized and preventing the high density housing projects and the strains they put on parking, roads, emergency services, and increased crime, from overrunning our city. I authored the residential zone code to put a stop to developer first code. I fought for wider distances between homes, garages that add 2 feet in width and length, so 2 cars will actually fit. I want to welcome companies that respect our lifestyle, our open space and want to be part of the community while providing jobs for our citizens. To accomplish this, I authored the Commercial and Business park zone codes. They identify the types of businesses we are interested in and where they can exist. We reduced and eliminated the environmentally unsafe industries from our industrial zone code as well. Our current city council is trying to undermine those safeguards by introducing high density overlay zones and Transit Oriented Development codes that will usher in High Density projects with 60 feet high buildings and 50+ units per building. I believe in being lawful, following what the law says regardless of how uncomfortable that may make conversations in city hall. Certain members of ur city council constantly ignores the municipal code and gives special considerations to developers. We need real leadership now. People that won't be pushed around by developers and will hold city hall to the municipal code. If you want someone that gets results, I am your candidate. If you want to have no say in city hall and watch us become the next major metropolitan city in Utah then stick with the status quo.
Eagle Mountain has grown substantially in the last 3 years. We are over 50,000 in residents now. We can't afford to have anything but the most qualified persons in city hall as staff, appointed boards and elected officials. I need your help in spreading the word to vote for Rich Wood for City Council in this next election. Together we can keep Eagle Mountain safe, fun and unique. Getting Results. It's Our City, Our Future.
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