Coral Evans for Mayor

 

PRIORITIES: What three specific issues will you bring forward to the City Council if you are elected (What are your three main priorities)?

  1. Responsible Stewardship – Deliberate, transparent planning that focuses on a future based on Flagstaff’s character, affordable housing options for residents, and sustainable opportunities that support families and businesses
  2. Accessible Government – Open, transparent and accountable government that engages all.
  3. Local Governance – Flagstaff should decide what is best for Flagstaff, not Phoenix politicians. As Mayor, I will continue to lead the fight against limitations on what policies we can enact at the local level.

CITY COUNCIL CRITIQUE: Among City Council decisions in last 24 months, what is one decision that you support and one that you were disappointed with and why?

I agreed with (supported):
The council majority’s decision to place on the November 2018 Ballot an Affordable Housing Bond. I believe that bond can help sustainably address the affording housing issue that Flagstaff has experienced for decades.
I disagreed with (was disappointed with):
The council’s majority’s decision to enlarge Flagstaff’s sign-free zone. I believe that this decision limits access to free speech to individuals who do not own property.

EXPERIENCE WITH CITY GOVERNMENT: Please describe your experience serving on City boards, commissions, or task forces and describe your involvement so far in shaping City-level policies.

I have served on the Flagstaff City Council since 2008 (elected Mayor in November 2016). I am highly involved in shaping City-level policies. I currently represent Council on the Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) Economic Development Council and the Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization (FMPO) (previous chair). Previously I represented Council on the Flagstaff Regional Plan Steering Committee, the SEDI – Regional Workforce Development Center Planning Committee, and the Coconino County Public Health District Board. In addition to serving on council I also serve on community boards including the Coconino County Workforce-Investment Board (current Vice-Chair).

NAU: Are you satisfied with the relations between the City and NAU? What are some areas for improvement?

The Flagstaff City Council made improving the relationship between the City and NAU a priority. While I am not satisfied with the relationship between the City and NAU it’s important to acknowledge the progress made in the past 20 months between the two organizations (e.g. the joint City of Flagstaff-NAU Community Liaison position that works directly with city residents to resolve resident-student issues and the joint work session in early 2018 with the President of NAU (a first ever) to discuss topics of mutual interests). Areas for improvement include planning (joint effort[s]), housing (students, faculty, staff) and student off-campus conduct.

WATER: Do you support or oppose having our limited local water resources be taken into consideration when planning for growth and development in Flagstaff? Why?

I was a member of council when we voluntarily adopted state-level water adequacy standards and placed additional regulations on our city regarding water resources related to growth and development (that includes planning for 100 years into the future, metering all water use and conservation requirements). I believe that our Regional Plan, Zoning Code and Comprehensive Water Policy should be directly linked/connected through a transparent community process. I believe by doing so there will be a better understanding of what the city is currently doing and what still needs to be done to ensure long-term sustainability for our city.

WATER: Do you support or oppose recycling reclaimed water for drinking? Why?

I support the reuse of reclaimed water for drinking. I was excited early this year (2018) when the Flagstaff City Council authorized the funding to conduct an Advanced Treatment Feasibility Study to evaluate what it would take to implement a full advanced treatment that would allow us to reuse/drink our reclaimed water. I think that it is very important that we recognize and acknowledge our reclaimed water as a viable alternative to potable water (for drinking purposes) in the future.

HIGH OCCUPANCY HOUSING: What additional solutions do you have to the challenges related to dormitory-style (high-occupancy) housing developments such as the Hub?

Working within the constraints of AZ Prop 207 the Flagstaff City Council has implemented solutions designed to address the challenges related to high-occupancy housing developments; this includes changes to the city’s transect zoning code designed to help balance Flagstaff’s need for this kind of housing with respect for historical neighborhoods and our city character. Council has also insisted (as allowed with rezoning cases) the inclusion of affordable housing units within such housing developments and multi-modal options (such as bus passes for all residents) for these kinds of complexes.

HIGH OCCUPANCY HOUSING –

Supports:

  • Providing incentives for affordable housing units within HOH developments,
  • Sustainable building practices including renewable energy and water conservation

Does not support:

  • Placing limitations on parking spaces for HOH developments near transit

CLIMATE CHANGE: Would you support or oppose updating the city’s Energy Code so that new buildings must be built to be more energy efficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Why?

I supported updating portions of the City’s Energy Code when the City Council made changes to the Code approximately 5-7 years ago. I would support a community conversation on potential new updates that could be made to the Code to assist families and businesses experience a gain in energy efficiency and a reduction in their utility bills. I do feel that it is important that any conversation about potential changes also address the potential increase in the cost of housing and a plan for how such increases could potentially be mitigated.

CLIMATE CHANGE: How high of a priority is implementing the City’s new Climate Action and Adaptation Plan when approved?

As a member of the Flagstaff City Council who supported this (the creation of a City Climate Action & Adaptation Plan) as a council priority I am looking forward to its implementation (once it is approved by council). Its implementation will be a priority of mine.

COST OF LIVING: What strategies or policies would you propose to address the high cost of living in Flagstaff?

The high-cost of living here directly relates to the cost of land. Current strategies I have proposed to address this include the renewal of the transportation tax and the affordable housing bond (both are on the November 2018 ballot). If approved the transportation question will provide access to lands currently unavailable and the affordable housing bond question will provide housing assistance to those who are 80-150% AMI. Additional ideas include the establishment of a Land-Use Partnership with NAU and addressing the challenges of Mobile Home Park rehabilitation at the State Level (current state regulations make rehabilitation of older parks nearly impossible).

WASTE: What do you propose to move our community towards zero waste targets?

I am interested in seeing what steps are proposed by the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan regarding what steps we as a city need to take to move toward our target of zero waste. I believe that implementation of that plan will be critical in our achieving this goal.

 

TRANSPORTATION TAX – ROAD/PED/BIKE/SAFETY: Do you support or oppose a sales tax increase for roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, and safety improvements at outlined in Proposition 419?

I support Proposition 419.

TRANSPORTATION TAX – LONE TREE RAILROAD OVERPASS: Do you support or oppose a sales tax increase for a Lone Tree Railroad Overpass from Butler Avenue to Route 66 as outlined in Proposition 420? Why?

I support Proposition 420. I believe that Flagstaff needs to plan for the future and that includes having the appropriate transportation system/infrastructure for a city of our size.

TRANSPORTATION TAX: TRANSIT: Do you support or oppose a sales tax increase to expand frequency and times of service for transit as outlined in Proposition 421? Why?

I support Proposition 421. I believe that that expanded frequency and times of service will allow for greater utilization of our transit system. Greater utilization of our transit system would help address current issues we have related to transportation and help us reduce our carbon footprint as a city.

ATTAINABLE HOUSING BOND: Do you support or oppose a bond to pay for new affordable housing, rehabilitation of existing affordable units and homebuyer assistance as outlined in Proposition 422? Why?

I support Proposition 422. The lack of affordable housing is Flagstaff’s #1 issue. The issue of affordable housing has been discussed by the Flagstaff City Council for decades. I believe that this is one viable option (way) in which we can address this issue in a direct, focused and targeted manner.

SUSTAINABLE WAGES ACT: Do you support or oppose a new minimum wage law that would repeal the provisions of Proposition 414 passed in 2016? Why?

Please see my previous statements submitted on this issue and my January 2018 Flagstaff Business News Article (http://www.flagstaffbusinessnews.com/addressing-minimum-wage-new-year/).

FUSD: Do you support or oppose the FUSD bond? Do you support or oppose the FUSD Override Renewal? Why?

I support FUSD’s Bond because it is needed. Because when the AZ Legislature fails to live up to its constitutional duties to provide for the education of our children it is up to citizens to step up to the plate.

CCC: Do you support or oppose the continuation of CCC bond spending to support programs and curriculum? Why?

I support CCC’s bond. Community Colleges provide access to education for those in our community who need it. I attended CCC and CCC was a great fit for my daughter and others like us across the region.