News from District 1 – Feb. 28, 2014

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Friday, February 28, 2014
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Friday, February 28
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Main Library Auditorium
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Deadline for submission isMarch 31, 2014

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Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


District One Updates:
The Council adopted a joint resolution in support of the Utah State Fairpark with Mayor Ralph Becker.

“Salt Lake City values its ongoing connection with agriculture through the Utah State Fair and the interests of all Utahns are served by the Fairpark’s continued business, history, and traditions.”

Joint Resolution recognizing and supporting the Fairpark’s Contribution to Salt Lake City and the State of Utah

Read the full resolution.

Citywide Updates:

Budget Amendment No. 2 (Continued discussion from February 4 Council Meeting)
The Council was briefed about adjustments to the City’s Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget. Discussion centered on additional funding for a citywide survey to gauge public perception of City services. The Council requested more information on how the survey would be conducted. Other items included in the amendment are: funding for the Sugar House Streetcar and creating a “greenway” within the corridor; a transportation planner position to assist in the building and roadway projects, the City’s Transit Master Plan, a study of Foothill Drive, and an additional nurse dispatcher to manage non-emergency calls from 9-1-1. The Council held a public hearing and will take action on this item at a later date in March.Read the staff report.

Zoning Text Amendments – Subdivisions and Site Design Development (February 18 Meeting)
The Council was briefed on proposed amendments to the City’s zoning regulations to the City’s Subdivision and Site Design Development regulations. The Council will hold a public hearing on this topic on March 25 and will take action at a later date. Read the staff report.

Horse Drawn Carriages (February 4 Meeting)
The Council voted in favor of amending  horse-drawn carriage regulations in Salt Lake City at its February 4 meeting. Read more.

Impact Fees (February 4 Meeting)

The Council discussed the Administration’s proposed changes to the City’s impact fee schedule. Impact fees are charged to developers based on the increased need for public services resulting from growth due to the development. Read more.

February 11 City Council Retreat


The Council identified a number of projects at its February 11 retreat that it will work to complete during 2014, including:

Urban Trail Network

The Council intends to re-prioritize and accelerate the completion of an Urban Trail Network to connect throughout the City while specifically looking into riparian areas and pursuing the development of nature corridors.

Public Services Cost Accounting System

The Council intends to implement system improvements to track accounting for services and maintenance costs by location and function.

Air Quality

The Council intends to explore and create policies that improve air quality while finding opportunities to collaborate with other municipalities in our air shed and possibly a form a Sat Lake Air Shed Coalition.

Jordan River Trailside Project Update
Below is an update on one of four restoration projects associated with Red Butte Mitigation Funds through the Utah Division of Water Quality in response to the 2010 oil spill in Red Butte Creek. The funds were designated specifically for restoration and enhancement projects that provide improved ecological, recreational, natural, cultural and historic benefits to the community.

The Jordan River Trailside Restoration Project is currently underway along three sections of the Jordan River Parkway Trail between 1800 North and 2500 North. The specific purpose of the project is to restore areas of degraded riparian habitat to support a healthy, self-sustaining ecosystem with natural function and predominance of native species.

Project work supports a publicly-reviewed restoration plan, and consists of three components: (1) stabilization of actively-eroding river banks using soil lifts, removal of non-native trees, and riparian re-vegetation techniques, (2) trailhead improvements and native landscaping along the trail near Northwest Middle School, and (3) removal of dredge material and debris piles near the Davis County line.

Bank stabilization initiated in February 2014, with trailhead improvements, native landscaping, and debris removal scheduled for later in the spring. Work will require periodic closures of the Jordan River Parkway Trail between 1800 North and 2500 North from March though May, with project completion anticipated by June 2014. The project area will be monitored and native vegetation maintained over the coming years to ensure successful restoration.

To read more about all four projects, visit the Open Space Riparian Restoration Projects webpage.

Google Looking at Salt Lake City as a Possible Contender for Fiber
Last week, it was announced that Salt Lake City is among a short list of cities working with Google to explore the possibility of bringing the ultra-high speed Google Fiber broadband network to the City.
Today’s average American broadband speed is 9.8 Megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber could bring Salt Lake residents access to “Gigabit” Internet connections up to 1,000 Megabits per second – or up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Google will work closely with Salt Lake City on a joint planning process to explore what it would take to build a brand new fiber-optic network capable of delivering these gigabit speeds throughout the Salt LakeCity. Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans. Simultaneously, City leaders will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the City for a fiber project of this scale.

Google will provide an update on which cities will get Google Fiber by the end of this year. For more information about this announcement, visit the Google Fiber blog.

City Park Pavilion Reservations Available Beginning March 1

Many parks within Salt Lake City have pavilion spaces available to the public. These parks include, Fairmont, Jordan, Liberty, Lindsey Gardens, Poplar Grove, Sherwood, Sunnyside, Washington and Westpointe. Reservations can be made beginning April 14 thoughOctober 12. Other dates may become available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Starting Monday, March 3, reservations for pavilions can be made via phone at 801-972-7860, Monday throughFriday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Recreation kits are also available for an extra rental cost. Starting March 12online reservations can be made

For more information and questions regarding park pavilion reservations call 801-972-7860.

*Sugar House Park is managed by Salt Lake County Parks. For more information about pavilion rental at that location, call 385-468-7275.

Council Meeting Schedule
The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 4 beginning with a 2:00 p.m. work session followed by a 7:00 p.m. formal meeting. Public comment will be taken during the formal meeting in Room 315.

Upcoming Council Meetings:

  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – Work Session and Formal Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 182014 – RDA Meeting and Council Work Session
  • Tuesday, March 252014– Work Session and Formal Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 – Work Session and Formal Meeting

Click here to view the 2014 meeting calendar.


* If you are unable to attend a City Council meeting, here are some other options to listen to a meeting:

  • Watch SLCTV live from a computer by visiting: and click on “watch SLCTV live.”
  • To view a rebroadcast of a City Council meeting on SLCTV cable channel 17 and to obtain an SLCTV schedule click here.
  • To listen to a previous Council meeting or download a podcast click here.
  • Contact the City Recorders Office at 801-535-7671 and request a CD copy of a Council meeting or a particular agenda item.

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