Zachary Urban has been a Wheat Ridge resident for 15 years. A self-employed management and communications consultant, he was elected to city council in 2013 and is seeking reelection.He holds a bachelors of arts from Colorado State University.Contact: 720-252-5930 or Zach@ZachUrban.orgCampaign website: www.zachurban.orgWhy do you want to serve on council?I want to continue my service on the Wheat Ridge City Council to be a good steward of our taxpayers money, to ensure our city’s limited resources are allocated to the priorities which are to keep our citizens safe, to encourage small business to thrive, and which position our City to leverage the opportunities which come our way. We must preserve and protect the quality of life we enjoy as residents of Wheat Ridge. We must also protect our own interests against those from outside of our City which seek to use our limited resources to advance their own agendas.Your top three priorities if elected?1. My top priority as your city councilmember is to ensure our neighborhood streets are safe to travel, this includes making sure our police enforce traffic laws, improve our infrastructure, and encouraging people to slow down when driving though our neighborhoods.2. Another top priority is ensuring our taxpayer’s money is going to priorities which will benefit all our citizens rather than just a few real estate developers.3. I also place a top priority on tackling the heroin addiction crisis, which has put a strain on our first responders and police departments.What should the city’s role be in regards to homelessness?We should give them an opportunity to work to make Wheat Ridge better. A Better Way is a program deemed successful by Albuquerque to clean up their city and help the homeless at the same time. We must adopt this program here. A solid day’s work is where I learned many lessons of how to be a contributing member of our community. Being stuck in a rut, leaves the homeless fending sunrise to sunset hand to mouth is a cycle that must be broken, so let’s give them a chance to give us a solid day’s work.How would you balance retaining the city’s character, and encouraging redevelopment and growth?We should not seek to be another Highlands. We should respect the City’s existing character and zoning densities which allow for a moderate level of growth within our commercial corridors. Wheat Ridge allows for growth nearest our transportation Hubs like the end of the Gold Line and along the Wadsworth Corridor, as permitted by existing zoning. We need to protect our existing residential neighborhoods from being overrun by development by providing opportunities for growth where transportation options exist, like nearest the Gold Line and a Clear Creek Crossing, but we should not stack our residential neighborhoods with additional density.The debate about the width, and parking situation along 38th Avenue seems perennial. How should the city proceed?The only reason why this debate seems perennial is because our current city council majority has chosen to willfully ignore the vote of the people in 2014, and have blocked any subsequent vote to occur on the issue. I have attempted to allow the Citizens of the Wheat Ridge an opportunity to vote on this issue once and for all, I have been stymied at every turn by those who would rather not see this issue go to the voters. The council majority voted down my effort to place it on the ballot this year.
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