Candidates thrust into primary
July 18, 2007
Bruce Taylor, a onetime member of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission, filed papers Monday to compete in the Park City Council election, forcing a September primary election to eliminate one person.
Taylor became a candidate on the last day people could file. He is the seventh person running for one of three seats on the ballot in November.
"I think I’ve made a contribution to the county. Maybe it’s time to turn my attention to the city," Taylor, who lives in Park Meadows, says.
He says he is adept at forming consensus, and his background on the Planning Commission prepares him for the City Council.
Taylor says his campaign will feature a platform heavy on cutting traffic and providing affordable housing, two key issues that other candidates plan to address as well. He acknowledges he continues to craft a platform, and he provides few details.
For instance, Taylor says traffic on S.R. 248, the eastern entryway, needs to be addressed, but he is unsure how to do so.
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"I don’t have an answer for that," he says, claiming he continues to research the issue and saying, perhaps, a park-and-ride lot, widening the state highway or creating a bus route could be options.
Taylor maintains he does not want City Hall to pursue what he describes as "social engineering," but he says the local government needs to advocate affordable housing.
Taylor mentions partnerships between City Hall and the private sector, but he does not provide details.
Meanwhile, Taylor wants City Hall to protect Old Town. He says the neighborhood influenced lots of people to move to Park City, and Parkites do not want Old Town to erode.
"We all came here for a reason. We didn’t come here to make that change. I’d prefer to hang onto the heritage," Taylor says, adding, "People, including myself, came here for the quaintness of the town."
Taylor is interested in serving on the City Council as City Hall considers the development potential of the North of Main area, centered along Bonanza Drive. He says the development prospects in the neighborhood are dramatic.
Taylor says he is intrigued with the possibility of taller buildings in the area, known sometimes as NoMa. He says taller buildings could be reasonable if they allow for better-designed projects or if they become focal points for NoMa. He says, though, it is difficult to handicap how tall the buildings should be.
Taylor is 50 years old, has lived in Park City since 1987 and is an architect. He recently left the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission after nine years of service.
Taylor regards the Grand Summit at The Canyons and the field house at New Park as successes of his tenure in the Snyderville Basin.
"I feel I did make a difference," Taylor says.