Armstrong commits to second term on Summit County Council
Before Roger Armstrong moved to Park City in 2005, he had established certain expectations about the quality of life he would be able to enjoy in his new community.
Armstrong said he was already coming from a place in Southern California where residents were dealing with growth and transportation issues.
When he began to notice similar issues creating challenges in Summit County, he decided to offer up some solutions. In 2012, Armstrong, a Democrat, was elected to serve on the Summit County Council after successfully defeating Max Greenhalgh.
Over the last four years, Armstrong said he has been able to "shine a brighter light on some of those problems and helped frame them in a way that we could find solutions."
"We have had great fortune during the time that I have been on the Council to be able to address some of the issues and to begin implementation," Armstrong said. "But I think we still have work to do and I’d like one more shot to do it."
Armstrong, who is currently the County Council chair, recently announced he is seeking a second term "to get a few more things into place." His seat is one of four seats that will be on the ballot and he is currently running unopposed.
Armstrong, a lawyer specializing in the entertainment industry, said the county has been able to acquire strategic open space parcels that have had a "critical step in managing growth" during his tenure. Last month, the county entered into a $3.7 million purchase option on a 30-acre parcel in Jeremy Ranch.
"We are making some strategic moves, like the purchase of the land in the western end of the Basin, to see what kind of solutions that may offer," he said.
Officials are considering whether the property could support transportation-related services or an affordable housing project.
"We are having active discussions about neighborhood circulation and other transportation solutions and trying to get those implemented, including getting the transit center built in Kimball," Armstrong said.
He added that the county, in partnership with Park City, has expanded service to include additional routes to neighborhoods such as Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook.
"We are trying to take cars off the roads and avoid those intra-district trips and I think we have been able to avoid some of the major traffic headaches this season that we saw last season," Armstrong said.
One issue Armstrong has been extremely vocal about over the years is sustainability and the utilization of renewable energy sources. He has pushed for council members to consider projects to further that goal and also improve environmental stewardship. Armstrong said he was proud of the council’s decision to restrict installation of new wood-burning appliances in the Basin and the discussions that have been had about water and air quality.
"Looking at where we are in terms of energy and the impact we have made so far and how we are moving forward with our strategic goals, I think some changes have taken place," Armstrong said. "I want to continue to be a catalyst toward that kind of change. I want to work on some renewable-energy projects and put into place some transportation solutions to see if we can get some of those across the goal line.
"When we are at a point where they are starting to move forward, then I will feel really comfortable and will let someone else step in and take over," Armstrong said.
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