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COUNCIL: November 10 Council and RDA Board Meetings Recap

At Today’s Council and RDA Meetings

The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) meeting

The Board:

  • was briefed and discussed potential revisions to the RDA’s real Property disposition policy. The proposed changes would authorize long-term ground leases as a form of land disposition, and clarify the circumstances in which the RDA can exclusively negotiate the disposition of a property. The Chair hopes for adoption of the revisions by the end of the year.
  • was briefed about, and then adopted a resolution increasing an RDA loan to Brinshore Development. The loan is for a mixed-use, mixed-income development at $88 million at 255 South State Street. Brinshore had requested approximately $1.15 million in additional funding for unexpected expenses from project design refinements, increased construction costs, and difficulty financing commercial space during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 190 units, 168 units will be affordable for households earning 20% to 80% of the area median income with possible occupancy in 2022.
  • received an update about a revised design for infrastructure improvements at 300 South and Woodbine Court. The proposed changes are part of ongoing planning efforts for the Station Center project. The project would create three new City streets, reconstruct an existing street, upgrade utilities for anticipated development and provide other public improvements with more of a pedestrian orientation.
  • received an update on proposed maintenance funding strategies, such as a special assessment, for future streetscape improvements at Station Center.
  • received a report from the RDA Executive Director that the SpyHop Project on West Temple was completed.

Council Work Session items
The Council received:

  • an update on recent efforts on various projects related to racial equity and policing in the City. They included:
    • an update from facilitators for the Racial Equity in Policing Commission. They report three subcommittees are meeting to tackle various topics such as public engagement, policy questions and budgetary items, and plan to report quarterly to the Council with recommendations.
  • an informational update relating to the local emergencies such as COVID-19:
    • the Mayor reports the Covid numbers are high and have been increasing (1 out of 50 people in Utah are carrying the virus, according to state officials). The Mayor reports they are working with State agencies about enforcing the latest mandates and restrictions issued by the Governor’s office.
  • an informational update on relieving the condition of people experiencing homelessness. The Mayor reported:
    • two overflow shelters for people experiencing homelessness have been identified and one could open by the end of the week. Neither are in SLC but will add 200 beds to the existing regional shelter system.
    • the Community Commitment program continues to meet with people at encampments. The acceptance of services is increasing.
    • that the St. Paul center is offering Covid and flu testing.

Other Agenda items
The Council:

  • was briefed about the Department of Public Utilities’ 2020 City Water Conservation Plan. The updated plan was developed per the State’s Conservation Plan Act, in addition to other State and regional guidelines and industry best practices. Guidelines for plan development, as well as requirements in the conservation plans, include:
    • Water supply; Historical water demand; Water conservation goals; Conservation program information; and Adoption or approval by each water provider’s governing body.
    • The Council will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on the plan Tuesday, December 1 at 7 p.m. 
  • was briefed about an ordinance that would amend the current budget of Salt Lake City. The proposal includes:
    • $1.5 million as part of a proposed expansion to the Accelerator program ($500 prepaid debit cards in direct aid to residents ineligible for CARES Act stimulus checks);
    • a new apprentice program pairing high school students and young adults with City employees;
    • additional funding for the enhanced YouthCity program;
    • homeless camp clean-up funding;
    • a downtown ambassadors program expansion into the Rio Grande neighborhood and North Temple area;
    • and other items.
  • The Council will hold another public hearing to accept public comment on the amendment on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m. 

Formal Meeting

PUBLIC HEARINGS were held, seven in all. Nearly 70 people spoke, many of the comments about the Fleet Block Zoning Amendments and a mural that sits on the block. Here are the actions taken by the Council on the hearing items:

  • Grant Application: Salt Lake Rotary Foundation – Furniture and Supplies for Utah State Fairground YouthCity Site. Council closed this item and referred it to a future consent agenda.
  • Grant Application: Child and Adult Care Food Program Reimbursement for YouthCity Program Snacks. Council closed this item and referred it to a future consent agenda.
  • Ordinance: Fleet Block Zoning Amendments (300 and 400 West and between 800 and 900 South). Council will hold another hearing to accept public comment on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Ordinance: Congregate Care Text Amendment Additional Recommendations. Council will hold another hearing to accept public comment on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Ordinance: Shared Housing Zoning Text Amendments (formerly Single Room Occupancy or SROs). The Council closed the hearing and will discuss the future consideration of this item in December.
  • Ordinance: Budget Amendment No. 4 for Fiscal Year 2020-21. Council will hold another hearing to accept public comment on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Ordinance: Budget Amendment No. 5 for Fiscal Year 2020-21. Council will hold another hearing to accept public comment on Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.


  • Council adopted this ordinance: Rezone and Master Plan Amendment at 833 South 800 East (Telegraph Exchange Lofts) with an agreement with the developer to provide additional affordable units for the coming 5-years, and to limit the height to 30-feet.


  • Council approved a hearing date for this ordinance: Dockless Shared Mobility. The Council set the date of Tuesday December 1 at 7 p.m. to accept public comment and consider adopting an ordinance that would regulate the use of electric scooters and other dockless, shared mobility devices in the City.

Board appointments or reappointments approved include:

  • Police Civilian Review Board – Perry Bankhead, Tonya Allred, Catalina Pilar Cardona, Rebekah Myers
  • Board Reappointment: Human Rights Commission – Shauna Doumbia
  • Board Reappointment: Historic Landmark Commission – Robert Hyde

All agenda-related comments received through any source are shared with the Council and added to the Council public meeting record.

Visit the Council’s agenda page for meeting documents and video or view an archive of prior meeting recaps.

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