Platform

Open space

Park City Open Space

Nearly every challenge facing Park City relates back to growth and growth’s impact upon our quality of life and sense of community.  That is why a decade ago I ran on a platform of open space.  At the time, I was told by my more seasoned peers that Park City is done buying open space.  Undeterred, I made this my mission and played a key role in the purchase of Stoneridge (292 acres), Toll Canyon (781 acres, assist), Clark Ranch (340 acres), Old Ranch Hills (50 acres), Sommer (14 acres), Bonanza Flat (1500 acres), Treasure Hill (120 acres), Armstrong SCP (15 acres). These added 3000+ acres to the regional open space—doubling what the City had acquired prior to 2012.   Although our efforts have slowed down, we remain ready for new opportunities like protecting the Library Field, the creation of Urban Park Zones, and assisting our regional partners.  I serve as a Commissioner on the State’s Quality Growth Commission which last year protected 2248 acres, including 2 regionally significant projects in Wasatch and Summit County.  I remain firm in my belief that protecting open space is the ONLY true silver bullet for growth.  


Transit

Park City Transit

If there is one thing Parkites can agree on, it’s a disdain of traffic.  Park City is geographically constrained and plagued by too many cars, in too little space.  We will not build our way out of traffic—we must be innovative and tactical. This is why I have been a vocal advocate for building a car-optional town with a strong focus on transit, walkability, and active transportation.  I championed the electric buses, 224 BRT, e-bike share, and the (coming soon) addition of a park and ride and inbound transit lane for 248.  I have pushed back against road expansions and fought to lower speed limits.  Given a second term, I want to reinvigorate our walkability projects, expand neighborhood traffic mitigation, and take a hard look at aerial transportation.


Equity

Andy Beerman at Elementary School in Park City

As Park City’s economy thrives, so do the disparities between our residents.  As Mayor I have staunchly supported the community’s efforts to build equity and diversity in our community.  I believe every resident should feel safe, welcome and valued, and have the same access to services and opportunities as their peers.  This is difficult and sometimes controversial work, but we should lean in and embrace it.  It will ultimately strengthen our community.  If the City wants to be a leader in equity, we should begin with ourselves.  I am particularly excited about PCMC’s internal efforts to self-examine, promote diversity and inclusion, and improve facility and services access to all our residents. 


Housing

Andy Beerman on Housing

It’s long been challenging to find housing in Park City, now it’s nearly impossible.  Only 15% of our workforce live in Park City and more than 2/3rds of our homes, are vacation homes.  We’ve hit a tipping point where our social fabric is stretched dangerously thin.  The free market is surging, and uninterested in building affordable housing.  Because of this, the burden falls on local government and non-profits.  Park City has a goal of 800 new units to meet needs across the spectrum.  Since 2010, the City has built or bought 82 new housing units and secured 285 more units though development obligations–about half of that while I’ve been Mayor.  Affordable housing may be the most expensive and politically fraught issue facing the City, but it needs committed and courageous leadership to succeed. There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing a family get their first home and an opportunity to live in the community where they work.  In a second term, I hope to see a lot more of that!


 

Energy

Andy Beerman in Salt Lake City

In 2015 Park City residents, rose up and demanded City Council take more aggressive action on climate which led to one of North Americas most aggressive climate goals: net zero carbon and 100% renewable energy by 2030.  In 2019, I helped lead a coalition that successfully passed HB411, trailblazing bi-partisan legislation to accelerate Utah’s transition to renewable energy.  As we speak, construction is underway on the first project, an 80MW Elektron solar farm and 22 Utah Communities are considering join us in ‘flipping the switch’ to renewables.  Park City is the U.S. winner of WWF’s One Planet City Challenge because of our renewable work, our conservations efforts, our fleet electrification, and our soils regeneration/sequestration projects.  Alone, our efforts are a drop in the global bucket, but as innovators and leaders, we are proving what is possible, and inspiring communities across the world.


Historic Preservation

Our historic character gives us a sense of place and reminds us of our humble roots. For this reason, I have strongly supported our historic preservation programs, especially the current efforts to protect our historic mine structures.  I was an early advocate for this on Council and pushed hard for the City to assist in the preservation of California Comstock.  I also led the push for the City revise its historic grant program to include mine structures.  Recently, I participated in the successful negotiations with Empire Pass/Wells Fargo/Deer Valley to generate new preservation funding and most notably, restore the Daly West Headframe.


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