There’s a lot happening in Salt Lake City, as we weathered the recession fairly well and growth and prosperity are here to stay. The economy, jobs, events, arts and culture, sports teams: all are booming in our town. We’re growing and exciting plans are unfurling, both downtown and in our District 6 community.
I’d like to see citizens who want to have a say, do so by becoming involved in the City. Salt Lake City is making improvements in how folks are engaged and officials take public comment seriously. I have seen public opinions and ideas incorporated into a number of City projects in recent years, and I want you to know they want to hear from you!
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There are lots of studies, plans, projects and ideas happening right now and multiple ways to give your input and get involved:
- The East Bench Master Plan is being updated. The original plan was adopted in 1987. Master plans contain land use decisions based on community values, so you can have a say in what’s included for our area.
- Part of the East Bench Master Plan is the Parleys Way Corridor Plan. It’s a specific outline for making Parley’s Way a safe—and beautiful—area for pedestrians, bikes, automobiles and transit.
- Foothill Drive continues to be studied to find the best solution for reducing congestion. Here’s the most recent study but the City is releasing an RFP this week to produce a final plan.
- The University of Utah is also creating a new transportation plan. This is critical as it goes hand-in-hand with Foothill and Sunnyside traffic.
- Sunnyside Avenue was recently re-surfaced and re-striped, eliminating the bike lane on the north side and widening the bike lane on the south side. The City has budgeted $900,000 to create a pathway on the north side of Sunnyside Avenue between 1300 East and Foothill for bicyclists, pedestrians and other users.
- A zoning change was proposed last fall for the 21st South and 21st East intersection to allow additional height and density. As a result of this controversial request, the City Council allocated money to hire a consultant to develop a small area plan for the 21st and 21st area. The purpose of the plan is to develop a vision for the corridor with respect to land use, building design and scale, placemaking, and pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Get involved with the 21st & 21st Business District here and Salt Lake City Planning issues here.
- You are a member of a community or neighborhood council where you live in Salt Lake. Get involved! Find your Community Council:
- Bonneville Hills Neighborhood Council
- East Bench Community Council
- Foothill/Sunnyside Neighborhood Association
- Sugar House Community Council
- Sunnyside East Neighborhood Council
- Wasatch Hollow Community Council
- Yalecrest Community Council
- You can receive weekly emails from your City Council member.
- The Planning Division holds public open houses the third Thursday of every month.
- You can receive email updates for a variety of City meetings. All kinds of public meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission, Historic Landmarks Commission, committees and more are open to the public. Sign up here for notices.
- Salt Lake City wants to know: If you could change anything in Salt Lake City, what would it be? SpeakOut SLC
I’m an advocate of open government and want people to have a voice. Make the effort. Ask a question, voice a concern or provide positive feedback to your City. And remember, I am the best choice for your voice on the City Council.
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