My Candidacy for Salt Lake City Council – 2011

Tracey Harty at City & County Building
City & County Building

I’m a working mom who has lived in District 6 much of my life. I love my neighborhood and I’m passionate about our community. My interest in government started when I became heavily involved in our local community council. Through this pursuit, I got an up-close look at how the city communicates with residents about new ideas and initiatives, how residents are represented and how they participate in their community.

In today’s world it seems we’re all busier than ever. Most of us want to stay involved and participate in our local government, but few of us can find time to keep up with it all. I’ve specialized in communications my whole career, and I can bring that expertise to the city council and help inject more public awareness and involvement into the process. I am the Best Choice for Your Voice in District 6.


City council members play a big role in city planning, and some items I want to work on include:

  • Maintaining and improving our open space
  • Updating the East Bench Master Plan
  • Ensuring the city’s Historic Preservation Plan is approved and implemented in order to preserve our treasured buildings

A lot of work has gone into the proposed small neighborhood business amendment and how we handle businesses in our neighborhoods, and I’m conscious of the delicate balance that exists between some residents and commercial areas. We could also review CN zoning ordinances for quiet hours, parking requirements, and make neighborhood parking permits a priority for residents in need of on-street parking. Neighborhood businesses are generally viewed positively, according to a city survey, but residents prefer small, locally owned businesses.

Preserving Quality of Life
I want to help Salt Lakers with the City’s move toward a sustainable environment for our children and grandchildren to enjoy. I know many are excited about this and we may have some work to do initially in implementing the sustainability code initiative. As we move into this new era, I will work with the administration to ensure the ordinances truly are a step in the right direction and work for District 6 residents, for example, the concept of accessory dwelling units needs more study and other options developed.


For the past few years my communications work has taken me into the world of transportation planning. I work with transportation engineering and planning consultants and serve on the board of an organization whose mission is to advance careers of women in transportation (WTS). So, I’d like to work with the city on developing transportation solutions for Foothill Drive (which is in critical need of attention), as well as Sunnyside Avenue, 21st South and other area roads to include “complete streets” ideals and for all roadway users, like cyclists, pedestrians and motor vehicles, including mass transit, while at the same time maintaining a community vibe.

Open Space for All Users

With the recent addition of such property as Wasatch Hollow, District 6 has benefited from Salt Lake’s progressive open space lands program. However, open space is limited and funding is decreasing. As your representative, I will work to preserve our parks and creeks, and look for ways to protect our city golf courses from being sold.

Tracey and Dogs
Jack and Indy


I love dogs! I have two. Not everyone loves them but there are enough dog owners who would like to legally provide a home to three instead of two, so we should follow the county and allow that. And there are plenty of dogs that need willing homes. We also need more places for them and their owners to get exercise. Salt Lake City could definitely use more off-leash dog parks.

Walmart Rezoning Issue

As I’ve been walking the neighborhoods in District 6, a number of people have asked my position on the Walmart rezoning issue. Even though I will not be voting on it, folks want to know where I stand. So here it is: I DO NOT favor SLC rezoning the property on Parleys Way so that Walmart can demolish the building they purchased. I’m also not in favor of rezoning with a development agreement. If we rezone now with a development agreement, Walmart could continue to ask for more leeway in their construction and expansion activities. I don’t believe we should change zoning to something we really don’t want for the future.  To some it seems the lesser of two evils, but what we truly need to consider is the future of the area — beyond Walmart. There’s lots more information on this website produced by residents who have been fighting this battle for years:

Arts and Culture Downtown
As a former manager of a non-profit arts organization, and a citizen of Salt Lake, I’m proud of the availability and wide variety of arts and cultural organizations in our city, and I’m excited about the new venues being proposed for downtown. However, I do believe we should be conservative about these expenditures and ensure other city infrastructure priorities are considered first.

Communication is Key
I’d love to see more residents involved in city decisions, so I want to meet with a variety of community groups on a regular basis—neighborhood councils, charitable and civic organizations, one-on-one meetings—to gather input on critical issues and use it to inform my decisions. I’d also form a youth advisory council to educate our younger Salt Lakers about civic engagement and responsibility. If you are a high school or undergraduate student and would be interesting in helping to form this group, please let me know.

Yalecrest Preservation Update

Following the state-imposed moratorium on local historic district designations in Salt Lake City this spring, a group of residents and city and state officials have been convening to discuss preservation in the Yalecrest neighborhood with Justice Michael Zimmerman mediating. This began when Sen. Wayne Neiderhauser agreed not to pursue a more radical approach through the Utah Land Use Institute, in hopes the neighborhood could come to an agreement outside the legislature.
There have been three meetings so far and the group has put items on the table for discussion to see if they can reach some kind of commonality:

  • Mass
  • Size
  • Demolitions
  • Windows
  • Historic architectural features

One of the group’s goals in to ensure there is eventually neighborhood buy-off and not just a handful of residents pushing a particular agenda. (FYI, I am not a member of this discussion group.) The group plans to meet again in late September.
In the meantime, the city planning department has also been researching tools for preserving neighborhood character and stability, and in August briefed the city council on the need to create well defined and efficient processes in the city’s historic preservation program. This will begin with developing an overarching statement that defines what historic preservation is to Salt Lake City.
When elected to the City Council, I want to help solidify the city’s preservation program, and also develop tools for stabilizing neighborhoods facing demolition trends. These could include local historic districts, conservation districts and neighborhood-based zoning. 
I am happy the city has been spending time on this issue and that there are new options to consider for preserving the character of the Yalecrest neighborhood.  It’s my desire to continue the dialogue in and about Yalecrest.


Big bucks infuse east-side council races
Sept. 2, 2011, The Salt Lake Tribune

Walmart likely to lose big Salt Lake City Council vote
6 of the 7 council members are leaning toward denying a zoning change
Aug. 28, 2011, The Salt Lake Tribune

How to handle the homeless?
Salt Lake City Council hopefuls weigh in
Aug. 22, 2011, The Salt Lake Tribune

Becker has full war chest, little competition for re-election
Aug. 6, 2011 Deseret News

Politics Up Close: SLC Council Candidate Tracey Harty
July 22, 2011 KCPW interview by Jeff Robinson
The race is on for Salt Lake City Council District Six, representing the east side. We were joined by Tracey Harty. The longtime resident of District Six has been active in the neighborhood’s historic preservation efforts, and lists planning, open space, arts and culture, and dogs among her interests in the race. We asked her about the ideas she brings to the election, and how she’ll distinguish herself from the other two candidates. Listen here

Tracey Harty Announces Candidacy
 for Salt Lake City Council District 6

Native Utahn and first-time politician brings new energy and enthusiasm to city council race

June 11, 2011—Advertising executive and community activist Tracey Harty threw her hat into the ring today, announcing her candidacy for the Salt Lake City Council District 6.

Harty files for office
Filing for office

Harty’s plans for the office include strategic planning for the future of the city’s remaining open space, developing transportation options for Foothill Drive, Sunnyside Avenue and 2100 South through “complete streets” planning, updating the East Bench Master Plan and cementing the city’s Historic Preservation Plan to ensure Salt Lake’s treasured assets are preserved.

“I have the enthusiasm, energy and desire to work hard for residents in District 6, to find better ways to communicate new initiatives to residents and to ensure each individual voice is heard at City Hall,” Harty said. “I firmly believe in citizens taking an active part in our government, and this campaign is focused on that—Harty is the best choice for your voice.”

Harty is very active in her neighborhood council, Yalecrest Neighborhood Council, and has served since 2010 as the co-chair of nonprofit Yalecrest Yes! Heritage Preservation Committee. Harty also serves as vice president of the Northern Utah Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar, an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in transportation. Professionally, Harty works as an advertising account supervisor at local communications firm Penna Powers Brian Haynes. Prior to joining PPBH, she served as executive director at the nonprofit Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation.

Harty’s roots are deeply planted in Salt Lake soil. Born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley, Harty graduated from East High School in 1984 and the University of Utah in 1990. Harty is married to Bill Harty and has two daughters, Katelin, a graduate of East High School, and Jessianne, a sophomore at West High School.

Political newbies vie for SLC Council
April 4, 2011 The Salt Lake Tribune


Salt Lake City’s District 6 includes the neighborhoods of Bonneville Hills, St. Mary’s, Indian Hills, Oak Hills, Sunnyside, Yalecrest, Sugar House, Wasatch Hollow, H Rock, Sunset Oaks and Foothill. The District also includes the University of Utah, University Village, Research Park, Fort Douglas, Hogle Zoo, This is the Place Heritage Park, Foothill Village shopping area, 15th & 15th shopping area and Bonneville Golf Course. See map


My good friend and Yalecrest Yes Committee co-chair Jan Hemming introduces me at my campaign kick-off with a great rally.

A few words and a campaign promise:

Husband Bill’s kickoff toast:



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