Candidate Questionnaire: Sidna Rachid for Fort Collins District 4

Fort Collins Voter Guide Questionnaire: The city can best improve the Connexion roll-out process by doing what, in your opinion?

Sidna Rachid: It’s a huge project and I wouldn’t be able to make any suggestions.

Citizens are concerned about Covid’s impact on education, downtown, community engagement, renters rights, workers rights, students, and local families. Where do you think the City of Fort Collins can do a better job of addressing the impact of Covid on our community?

The City of Fort Collins needs to be proactive as far as helping people who are on the verge of eviction. Whenever the moratorium on evictions is lifted, there will be a flood of people with all their belongings piled on the sidewalk outside of their homes. The city should locate people who are likely to be evicted – the sheriff’s department should have a list – and an effort should be made to connect them with help before the eviction takes place. Helping store their belongings, and finding another place to live are among some of the ways to help.

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What do you see as Fort Collins’ greatest ecological challenge in the next four years, a concern particularly strong among students and young people. How do you believe we should face it?

Fires and drought are my biggest fears for the future in Fort Collins. The fires last summer were frighteningly close. It will take a long time for me to forget the darkness at noon. Development all along the front range should be controlled. I would contact the experts to find out what they suggest.

Do you plan to vote for or against the ballot measure that calls for the City of Fort Collins to attempt to buy the Hughes Stadium property and turn it into open space?

I plan to vote for the measure.

What is your strategy for maintaining and increasing open space in Fort Collins?

There is already a sales tax which funds the purchase of open space. The funds should be focused on purchasing areas within the city limits. Pocket parks and community gardens should be encouraged.

Where will you focus your energy in regards to improving public transportation in Fort Collins, particularly in regards to helping those who commute from the suburbs, students, and cyclists?

The Mason Street bus-lane is an excellent example of what Fort Collins needs to expand on. There are too many spots – especially in the south-east part of the city – which aren’t easily and quickly available to commuters who use public transport.

Do you believe that Boulder serves as a good model for how Fort Collins should grow? (Yes or no)

No.

Can we mitigate the negative impacts of growth while also building up Fort Collins’ affordable housing stock — and if so, how?

Yes. We need to get rid of U+2, and re-examine the Land Use Code to allow denser population in the heart of the city. It should be easier to add apartments to existing homes. We should stop development on the outskirts of the city which will create the need for new infrastructure. Affordable housing should focus on rental units run by non-profits not part of private, for-profit developments.

What is the one initiative you would most enthusiastically support that you believe would increase access to quality affordable housing in Fort Collins?

See my answer above. Three initiatives – 1) Remove U+2 2) Change the Land Use Code to allow denser population in the heart of the city, 3) encourage adding apartments to existing single-family homes, and 4)encourage and fund non-profit development of rental units that are affordable.

Would you vote to fully repeal U + 2? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you vote to expand U + 2 to Me + 3? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you support a “right size” housing policy that matches occupancy limits to number of bedrooms? (Yes or no)

Yes.

Would you support a rental registry program in Fort Collins? (Yes or no)

Yes.

For more on this candidate, you can visit their website here.

Methodology: A two question survey asking Fort Collins citizens which issues are important to them on the local level this upcoming cycle was shared on Fort Collins Reddit, in Fort Collins Craigslist, and with members of the Rocky Mountain Collegian & ASCSU for further dispersal. These avenues were chosen in an attempt to reach informed and engaged citizens of Fort Collins who might not be the ‘regular suspects’ who typically receive and respond to such surveys, but who nonetheless represent important and cross-sectional constituencies. Respondents could list multiple issues. No issues were prompted. There were 61 total responses to the survey. These questions are based on the seven issues citizens referenced most in the survey data, with issues referenced by three or more respondents chosen as question categories. Questions here are phrased in a way that most directly reflects the wording and perceived intent of survey respondents, while also pointing candidates toward revealing specific policy values. To see full responses, click here for the organized raw data.

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