Mayor Andy High Five

TERM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

In our form of government, all progress requires a team effort. 

Below are some highlights from my term as Mayor, but shared credit to City Council, City Staff, and our partners.

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OPEN SPACE

Still the only ‘silver bullet’ to combat growth, 3000+ acres protected since 2012, and some important additions since 2018… 

  • Treasure Hill

  • Armstrong Snow Creek Pastures

  • Expanded Bonanza Flat: adding 250+ acres (total 1538 acres)

  • Bonanza Flat conservation easement and added bathrooms, parking, new trails, and restoration projects. 

  • Battling Hideout’s developers to preserve Richardson Flat.  Successful State repeal of predatory annexation laws and legal defense of Park City’s development restrictions.

  • Added Urban Park Zones to better protect Park City’s beloved parks.  

TRANSIT

Building a ‘car-optional’ town.

  • 21 new electric buses (85% paid for with Fed grants)

  • 15% year-over-year increase in transit passengers (pre-COVID)

  • SR-224 – added dedicated transit lanes and traffic signal control

  • SR-248 – opposed UDOT road expansion; negotiated acceleration of improvements including park and ride and incoming bus lane (2022)

  • Drop and Load Zones on Main and demand-based parking pricing

  • Exploring Aerial Transit – concepts and costs estimates presented

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WALKABILITY

Renewed focus on walkability and neighborhood mitigation.

  • Car-free Main Street Sundays

  • Comstock tunnel under 248

  • E-bike policy and tags

  • Old Town Street mitigation

  • Increased Neighborhood traffic mitigation and speed controls

  • People-First Streets Program

  • Approved Rail Trail expansion and upgrades (pending 2022)

  • New trails: Free Mason, Bonanza, Treasure Hill, PC Heights Boardwalk, Mother Urban (2021/22)

HOUSING

82 affordable units built or bought by PCMC, 75 new units secured through development obligations.

  • Transit Housing in Prospector; Central Park City Condos; The Retreat at the Park; Woodside 1; and former Peace House on Marsac.

  • New Housing Specialist added to City team.

  • Updated housing resolution to promote more housing and Affordable MPD updates to encourage public-private partnerships for housing.

 
 
 
 

COVID

A measured response to protect public health, support resident relief programs, and aid local businesses.

  • Car-Free Main Street and temporary loosening of business restrictions for outdoor dining, signage, etc.

  • Immediate implementation of City recession plan, successfully managed economic shock without tapping reserves.

  • City Special Service funds shifted to community relief efforts.

  • Nearly $3M in additional CARES funding secured from State. 2/3rds was directed to local businesses and non-profits.

  • Park City Police offered interlocal support for regional social unrest

  • PPE distribution to businesses and high-density apartment buildings.

CLIMATE

​Setting aggressive goals and inspiring others!

  • One of North America’s most aggressive Climate Goals: community-wide net zero by 2030.

  • Passed landmark legislation (HB411) that has allowed 20 other Utah communities to procure 100% renewable energy.

  • Groundbreaking on the 80 MW ‘Elektron’ Solar Plant for PC and our resorts. 

  • Park City (twice) won the ‘battle of the bag bans’ the Utah State Legislature.

  • MT2030 Summit with keynotes Jane Goodall and Paul Hawken.  200+ participants, resulted in five Western towns joining our commitment of net-zero by 2030.

  • U.S. winner of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge

  • 100+ new EV chargers, (mix of public and private), largely paid for by grants.

  • Original Signatory Utah Climate Compact, co-sponsored ULCT clean air policy. 

 
 
 
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EQUITY

​Improving access for all residents.

  • The City Council Social Equity Innovation Challenge: successful programs include the mobile recreation trailer and Lucky Ones. 

  • City fee waivers and assistance for the Peace House, NAC expansion, and the Children’s Justice Center. 

  • Equity Murals and roundtables & Veterans Day posters and roundtable

  • City-led support of mental health and wellness

  • PC Police Cadet Explorer Program

  • Formation of LGBTQIA+ task force

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

​Using more channels to inform and engage our residents!

  • Door-to-door canvasing of neighborhoods.

  • The year-long Vision 2020 engaged 1500 community members. 

  • Added Annual State of Park City for mid-winter outreach.

  • Expansive COVID digital outreach: Roundtables & Chats, Mensaje a la Comunidad 

  • New City website: engageparkcity.org for specific ‘hot’ projects & MPDs

  • 50+ community forums/events per year.

  • Bi-monthly newsletter and Daily Social posts. 

  • Direct canvasing neighborhoods and knocking on doors.

  • Council Walk & Talks in business districts. 

  • Spanish Language materials and a Spanish Services Program coordinator at Library.  

  • EmPOWERment Utility box art project and new public art @ Creekside Park. 

 
 

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Restoring balance and protecting local quality of life.

  • In 2019, staff permitted 71 events compared with 86 in 2018.

  • Fee waiver reductions and a policy to limit event growth.

  • New and increased neighborhood mitigation. 

  • Successfully hosted the FIS World Championship – biggest event since the Olympics.

  • Park City has a ‘seat at the table’ for the 2030 or 2034 Olympic bid.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION

​New funding, focus and flexibility for historic grants.

  • Partnership with Friends of Ski Mining History to accelerate protection of historic mine structures including:  King Con Counterweight, California Comstock Mill, and Judge Mine Assay Office.

  • Restoration plan for of Daly West Head Frame (2021/22)

 
 
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WILDLIFE

​Protecting our furry friends.  

  • Speed reductions on 224 (special approval by UDOT), supported with police and VMS signs.

  • Poison Creek Beavers transferred to the USU Beaver Relocation Center and released in Price River. 

WATER

​Must be treated like a precious resource!

  • Water smart program, tier pricing, community education: adding up to 42% residential water reduction since 2000.

  • Investment in leak detection. In past three years Park City has reduced water loss by 400 gallons per minute and will save the City an estimated $200k/year in energy costs.

  • Construction of Three Kings Water Treatment Plant to safely meet our ongoing needs.

  • Spiro Tunnel enhancements to protect our water sources.

 
 
 

CITY INTERNAL

​Back to basics: attention to details, improved staff reports, accountability, streamlining, better financial reporting.​

  • New ‘Resident Advocate’ position.

  • New City Manager and team.

  • Development task force: 16 residents assisted in streamlining building process.

  • Integration of departments, online permitting, and concurrent application process.

  • Re-finance of existing City debt (bonds) at historically low rates—saving millions!

  • Impact fee analysis and revisions.

  • Added City internships working with Bright Futures and Dream Big.  

  • Internal Social Equity and LGBTQ+ committees.

  • Police Mental Health counseling program.

  • Police & UHP conducting commercial vehicle (truck) safety inspections.

REGIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Board Member ULCT (Utah League of Cities and Towns)
Commissioner Utah Quality Growth Commission
Executive Board Committee SLC-UT Olympic Bid Committee
Co-Chair Olympic Host Venues Committee
Board Member Summit County Council of Governments
Board Member Wasatch County Council of Governments
Board Member Mountainland Association of Governments
Co-Founder MT2030 (Mountain Towns 2030)
Member CAST (Colorado Area Ski Towns)
Former Commissioner EPA’s Local Government Advisor Committee 
Former Commissioner Central Wasatch Commission