Burt has a background in business, water quality
Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series highlighting Woodbury mayoral candidates. Read the other Q&As here.
- Age: 56
- Occupation: Business development manager, Phigenics (flex, part-time); entire career focused on water quality
- Education: Bachelors degree in chemistry and Master of Business Administration
- Family: Married to Jeff with three grown children
- Civic involvement: With the City of Woodbury: Park and Recreation Commission, Planning Commission, 2040 Comprehensive Plan Task Force, Woodbury Citizens' Academy Elsewhere in the community: HOA Board of Directors, ERHS Site Team, ERAA Soccer Board of Directors, ERHS Booster Board Director, church leadership, Faith Formation teacher and coach of several athletic teams
Why should residents vote for you?
I have the professional background, civic and community experience, knowledge, capability and available time to dedicate myself to the mayoral role which requires nearly full-time dedication due to the opportunities and complexities of running our growing city.
What's the biggest issue facing Woodbury?
Carefully and thoughtfully managing growth so that current and future generations will prosper; this includes ensuring we maintain a high quality of life by providing various opportunities for employment, business retention and growth, education, transportation, recreation and healthy lifestyles, housing and involvement in community organizations all while ensuring public safety and sustainability of natural resources including water quality and availability.
What could current city leadership be doing better?
The city is very well run with excellent comprehensive and strategic planning, strong financial management and dedication to its citizens and businesses to ensure that Woodbury continues to be recognized as one of the best places to live in the Twin Cities Metro (and even the state and country). That said, city leadership should continue to evaluate and implement opportunities for improvement in its performance measurements (see website) as well as work to improve effective communication to all citizens.
The Metropolitan Council expects Woodbury to add 20,000 residents by 2040. The city's 2040 Comprehensive Plan addresses this. What is your opinion of the plan and how will you begin to implement it?
This 2040 plan provides high-level guidance for land use and management through the year 2040. From it, strategic plans are then developed which provide more granular direction. Having been an active member on this task force for two-and-a-half years I know first-hand that it is a well-developed and communicated document and has moved through several approval stages, including the Woodbury City Council, with a final version anticipated to be delivered to the Met Council by mid-2019. The existing 2030 Comprehensive Plan (along with the 2040 update) is used on a regular basis to provide high-level guidance for decisions related to development opportunities.