Monthly Update - April 2017

Message from the Chair:

Before making any final decisions on zoning changes, the Salt Lake City Council always makes time for public comment. This week, they'll be taking your comments on the proposed changes to the Transit Station Area Zoning District, which will directly affect our community.

For more information on these changes, check out this article from Building Salt Lake.

CCNC has not taken a formal position on these changes, but we've been encouraged by the discussion and believe it represents a lot of potential to help grow 400 South in a smart (and aesthetically pleasing) manner.

Michael Iverson


SLC's Urban Forestry Division will be removing some dead pine and spruce trees in Liberty Park over the coming weeks. Don't worry, they'll be replanting new trees wherever they're viable.


Last month we heard an update from the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office on the homeless resource center plan.

Monthly Update - March 2017

Message from the Chair:


Last week, Mayor Biskupski announced a change in strategy for the new homeless resource centers. Instead of building four in Salt Lake City, they will be building two in the city and one elsewhere in the county. These centers will have larger capacities than previously intended, so we expect to see a larger impact on the our community.

A greater impact means a greater need for community oversight. The CCNC Executive Board has met with senior staff in Mayor Biskupski's administration to discuss our ideas for community oversight boards and impact mitigation. We need input from you as we craft these plans and work with the city to implement them.

Open House for Demolition & New Construction at approximately 644 East 600 South. This is related to the Trolley Square Ventures development.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
5:00PM – 7:00 PM
City & County Building (451 S State Street)
4th Floor Hallway


Last month we heard from Cowboy Partners on the Northwest Pipeline Building development. Seven Canyons Trust spoke on their proposal to daylight a creek in our community, and Garbett Homes presented a new design for the Hardison Apartments on South Temple.

Monthly Update - February 2017

Message from the Chair:

What should we expect from the city in the way of community engagement in homeless shelter sites?

Central City Neighborhood Council is working with other community councils in affected neighborhoods to develop a model for community oversight boards. These boards would help the new homeless resource centers integrate with the community and help ensure safe and successful programming for clients experiencing homeless. They would also help mitigate potential problems surrounding the site, with the goal of making these resource centers an opportunity for the community rather than a burden.

What other responsibilities would you see a board like this taking up? Who should be represented on these boards? As we continue our conversations with the city and the county, let us know what you think.

The city is accepting proposals for a mixed-use development on 400 South, the current site of Salt Lake Roasting Co. and old Barnes Bank. Follow this link for more detail.


Last month we heard from Mayor Biskupski on the proposed homeless resource center on 700 South. We also heard from Trolley Square Ventures on their mixed-use development across the street south of Trolley Square.

Monthly Update - January 2017

Message from the Chair:

Our community will soon be the host of a homeless resource center, located at 131 East 700 South in the current Deseret Industries site. This facility will be able to hold up to 150 individuals suffering from homelessness. We do not know which specific population (men, women, families, etc.) this site will serve.

To read our board's statement on this news, click here.

It is up to all of us to make the best of this. The city has organized a series of public meetings to take feedback, all taking place at the Public Safety Building (475 South 300 East).

January 11th - 1:00 to 3:00pm
January 11th - 6:00 to 8:00pm
January 18th - 6:00 to 8:00pm

We also intend to discuss the issue in depth as a community council over the next several months. Further, CCNC is urging the city to create a community advisory board to oversee the operation of the homeless resource center. Once a full proposal has been fleshed out, we'll present it to the mayor's office and city council.

We look forward to continuing these conversations with you. Hope to see you on Wednesday.

Located at 808 South 500 East, Artesian Well Park is quite possibly the smallest park in the city. Unfortunately, it also features a rather uninspired design and is in a state of disrepair. Central City Neighborhood Council is beginning the long process of designing and securing the funding for a major redesign of the park. This will be a community design process, and we want to hear from YOU what you'd like to see in this park. We'll have more discussions in the coming months, but please reach out to us if you have ideas!


Last month we held our annual potluck, forgoing a traditional agenda and meeting.

Statement on 700 South Homeless Resource Center

"theoretical" rendering of 700 South Homeless Resource Center, on the current site of Deseret Industries

"theoretical" rendering of 700 South Homeless Resource Center, on the current site of Deseret Industries


Central City Neighborhood Council welcomes new neighbors, urges community oversight of resource centers.

The Executive Board of Central City Neighborhood Council, which represents residents and business owners between State St. and 700 East, from South Temple to 1300 South, recognizes the moral imperative of Salt Lake City neighborhoods stepping up to help alleviate the human rights crisis occurring in the Rio Grande neighborhood and throughout our city.

While our neighborhood greets this challenge with optimism, we expect a greater degree of transparency and cooperation from the city and county moving forward. These new resource centers represent an opportunity to weave back into our community those who are most in need, but that can only be accomplished through a robust partnership between service providers, neighborhood residents, and local business owners. 

It is crucial for the success of these resource centers and the health of the surrounding community that this engagement begin Day 1. We urge the city and the county to consider the formation of community oversight boards for each new center, so that neighbors may have an active role in resource center programming and impact mitigation.

This is an opportunity to strengthen our communities while providing a crucial service to those in need. How we meet this challenge will define who we are as a city, and it is this board's hope that we will meet it in the spirit of unity.

Michael Iverson, Chair

Michael Iverson, Chair


Monthly Update - November 2016

Message from the Chair:

In 2011, the city recognized the unique opportunities presented along the UTA TRAX line on North Temple and on 400 South. With the hope of encouraging transit-oriented and vibrant mixed-use developments, with a focus on growing the housing stock, the city created the TSA Zone.

Now, almost six years later, the city is conisdering changes to this zone. The TSA Zoning Amendments can be viewed on the city's website. Or, you can show up to our November meeting and hear it straight from the Planning Department! We'll have planner Daniel Echeverria on hand to explain the proposed changes and take feedback from the community.

We'll see you Wednesday.

Need something to do this weekend? Know of a fun event that's open to the public? Check out the calendar on our website, and e-mail us back with the time and place of your favorite events!


Last month we heard from SLC Green about some energy saving tips for your home this winter. We also had Wright Development scheduled to speak about their development at the former Sizzler site, but unfortunately they did not show up.

Follow this link to view the full meeting.

Monthly Update - October 2016

Message from the Chair:

Since I took over as chair of Central City Neighborhood Council, there has been no issue to draw more interest than the potential rezone and development of the land south of Trolley Square.

Although Trolley Square Ventures was granted a rezone to FBUN-2, this August the city conceded a failure to properly notify local community organizations. They have begun the process again, and the rezone is once again facing the Planning Commission.

If you're interested in weighing in on the potential rezone, we encourage you to attend the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, October 26 at 5:30. It will take place at the City & County Building, in the City Council's committee room on the third floor.

At that same meeting, the commission will also be considering amendments to the FBUN-2 zone itself. This decision in particular has far-reaching implications to form-based zoning throughout the city.

I hope you can make it to the planning commission meeting, but either way we'll see you this Wednesday!

Looking for a place to eat, drink, or shop? We've recently updated the community map on our website! You can see the full list of things to do, or drill down to restaurants, bars, art galleries, coffee shops, and more. Follow this link to view the map.


Last month we heard from Google Fiber about deployment of their new internet infrastructure, we had a conversation with Det. King about the state of Richmond Park, and we were joined by Mayor Biskupski to talk about homeless services.

Follow this link to view the full meeting.

Monthly Update - September 2016

Message from the Chair:

After a little tinkering and a lot of frustration, Central City Neighborhood Council is just about ready to begin broadcasting our meetings on Facebook Live. This new platform will allow folks to participate from the comfort of their own home. Although we'd hoped to get it up and running for this meeting, we think we'll have the rest of the kinks ironed out for our October meeting.

If you haven't already liked us on Facebook, follow this link to fix that!

If you're looking for other ways to get involved without getting off the couch, Open City Hall is a great resource to post your thoughts on current hot topics at the city. If you have broader policy comments or concerns, we have a list of contact information for our elected officials on our website.

If you want to watch the action unfold in real time, tune into SLCTV on Channel 17 or check out the live feed on the city's website.

There are lots of opportunities to share your thoughts, concerns, and complaints about city and state policy. We'll always try to keep you in the loop! See you Wednesday.

Google Fiber officially launched in Salt Lake City this past month, with the first service area being right here in Central City. If you're between 100 South and 800 South, and between 400 West and 1300 East, you might be eligible for service. If you're in an apartment, visit this page to check your eligibility. For homeowners, use this page to sign up.


Last month we heard from Jesse Dean with the Downtown Alliance, who spoke with us about the planning stages of Downtown Rising 2.0.

Monthly Update - August 2016

Message from the Chair:

On a scale from 10 to 10, how much do you love beige stucco?

Yeah, us too.

In response to concerns about design and function of new developments throughout the city, but primarily in Central City, the SLC Planning Division is launching a project to revisit the standards required by the TSA (Transit Station Area) guidelines. There are two designated TSA areas, one on the west side along North Temple, and one in Central City in the blocks surrounding 400 South.

Do you think developers should be required to use high quality materials on 40% of their street frontages? What about 80%? Or maybe 100%?

Should developers be incentivized to have more parking spaces, or to have less parking spaces? Should a front door be required every 10 feet? 25 feet? 30 feet?

These are the questions the city is looking to answer. We'll be taking feedback on our website soon, but in the meantime you can send your comments directly to the city through Open City Hall.

Interested in joining a board or commission at the city? Check out the official website for details. There are 26 boards and commissions, and several of them are looking for volunteers to participate few a couple hours a month. This is a great opportunity to shape local policy and improve our communities.


Last month we heard from Dan Lofgren with Cowboy Partners, talking about their new development on 600 South, Liberty Square. This project incorporates the historic Ensign Floral building into its unique design. We also heard from former councilmember Luke Garrott, who is interested in forming a committee to focus on rehabilitating the Artesian Spring Park.

Monthly Update - July 2016

Message from the Chair:

Looking for more opportunities to get involved? Want to make a difference in our community for years to come?

Join a city board or commission! The Planning Commission is looking for four community members who can devote a couple nights a month. No prior experience is necessarily, but an interest in planning and smart growth is a necessity!

The Historic Landmarks Commission is also looking for members who want to preserve the history of our communities. If you've ever thought an ultra modern building in the middle of a VIctorian neighborhood looked a bit off, this might be the place for you. Again, no prior experience is necessary.

To apply for either of these boards, or any other city board or commission, follow this link for details.

Michael Iverson


Robin Hutcheson, Salt Lake City's Transportation Division Director for almost five years, will be leaving to take a position with the City of Minneapolis. Prior to taking over the division, she served as a transit system planning consultant for 15 years. Robin has visited our community council many times over the years, and she'll be missed!


Last month we heard from NeighborWorks Salt Lake, a local nonprofit focused on neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. We also met our new Executive Board, but if you didn't get a chance to attend you can view their bios on our website.

Monthly Update - June 2016

Message from the Chair:

Due to the changes implemented in our bylaws, which were officially adopted at our May 4th meeting, our Executive Board now has a total of five positions: Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

It is the responsibility of the current Executive Board to make recommendations to fill our current vacancies. These people will either be confirmed or denied at our next meeting. After much discussion, we have decided to nominate the following people to fill Executive Board positions:

First Vice-Chair: Theodore Cowan
Second Vice-Chair: Clark Cahoon
Secretary: Cree McNulty
Treasurer: Amanda Davis

If you haven't already met these folks, you'll get the chance at our next meeting. See you Wednesday!


The Salt Lake City and County Building, seat of our municipal government, will be undergoing a major facelift over the next two years. Sandstone facade restoration, window repair, and seismic upgrades are just a few fixes on the docket.


Last month we heard from Green Urban Lunch Box, which operates a fruitshare program in Salt Lake City. We also enjoyed a presentation by Kelsey Lindquist and Nora Shepherd in the SLC Planning Division about the guiding philosophies of urban planning. Finally, we voted to adopt new bylaws.

Monthly Update - May 2016

Message from the Chair:

After two months of work from our Board, utilizing input from residents and business owners, we are prepared to vote on two drafts of amended bylaws.

Based on the results of the straw poll taken at our April 6th meeting, the proposal to move our southern border from 1300 South to 900 South may be met with resistance in a final vote. Because of this, we've decided to present a two identical drafts for consideration at our May 4th meeting, with the only variation being the location of that border. You may view both drafts here:

900 South draft
1300 South draft

In the event either of these drafts passes the necessary 2/3rds vote, we will be taking nominations for the newly created Executive Board positions. If you're interested, or would like to nominate someone else, please contact us.

Hope to see you on Wednesday!
Michael Iverson


This coming Tuesday, May 3rd, the city will be holding an Open House to discuss the Redevelopment Agency's State Street Project Area. This area is almost entirely located within Central City, and will have an impact on our community for years to come. The Open House will take place at the Salt Lake County Complex at 2001 South State St. in the South Building Atrium at 5:00 PM.


Last month we heard from Trolley Square Ventures on their proposed rezone and development south of Trolley Square. We also discussed our bylaws and took a straw poll on a few issues.

Monthly Update - April 2016

Message from the Chair:

At our April meeting, we'll be discussing possible updates to our bylaws.

Based on feedback from the community and in order to address some concerns from the executive board, we have prepared a draft of the proposed bylaws. You can view that draft here. Copies will be available at our meeting on the 6th.

These are the major changes from the previous version:
• Move our southern border from 1300 South to 900 South, in order to simplify our boundary with the Liberty Wells community.
• Expand the executive board to seven members: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and three trustee positions.
• Clarifications regarding general membership and eligibility for election to the executive board.

Please review these new bylaws over the next month, and attend our May 2016 meeting where an official vote to adopt will take place.

Earlier this month, the Planning Commission forwarded a positive recommendation to the city council to rezone a number of parcels just south of Trolley Square. The owner of these parcels will be at our April meeting to explain this zoning change and their proposed development.


Last month we heard from Cara Lindsley with the SLC Redevelopment Agency. She gave us a preview of the new State Street Redevelopment Area. Residents are encouraged to attend the open house this Wednesday.

Development - Hardison Apartments (Revised)



The Hardison Apartments by Garbett Homes are proposed for approximately 500 East South Temple. This is a smaller revision of a prior project which failed to pass the Historic Landmarks Commission. This new version will go in front of the commission on April 7, 2016. Please review the attached document and leave your comments below.

The original design had a number of affordable units, but this new design does not. The original was voted down by the city's Historic Landmarks Commission, although that decision is being appealed. The newer version is smaller and does not contain units below market rate.

03/17/16 - Open House Agenda



March 17, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
City & County Building
451 S State Street, 4th Floor Hallway
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Attachment 1 | Attachment 2 | Attachment 3

Planned Development at approximately 3955 W Ninigret Drive - A request by Clarius Partners for a Planned Development for four warehouse/ office buildings on one parcel located at the above listed property. The subject property is located in the M-1 (Light Manufacturing) zoning district and is located in Council District 2, represented by Andrew Johnston. (Staff contact: Chris Lee at 801-535-7706 or Case Number PLNSUB2016-00109

Master Plan and Zoning Amendments at approximately 527-559 E 2100 South - A request by Alec Harwin to amend the Central Community Future Land Use Map and Zoning Map at the above listed properties. The amendment would change the zoning from CB (Community Business) to RMU-45 (Residential Mixed Use- Medium Density). These changes are sought in order to allow for the building of a mixed-use residential building with ground floor restaurant and retail uses and three floors of residential. Residential component is intended to total 60 apartments. The subject properties are located in Council District 5, represented by Erin Mendenhall. (Staff Contact: Anthony Riederer at 801-535-7625 or

  • a.      Master Plan Amendment – A request to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Central Community Master plan at the above listed properties, to allow for the project as outlined. Case Number PLNPCM2016-00080
  • b.     Zoning Map Amendment – A request to amend the zoning map at the above listed properties. The amendment would change the zoning from CB (Community Business) to RMU-45 (Residential Mixed Use, Medium Density). Case Number PLNPCM2016-00081

Master Plan and Zoning Amendments at approximately 1117 E South Temple - A request by Tariq Mughal to amend the Salt Lake City Master Plan and Zoning Map for the property listed above. The purpose of the amendment is to facilitate construction of a new 14 unit apartment building. The subject property is located in the RMF-35 (Moderate Density Multi-Family Residential) zoning district and is located within Council District 3, represented by Stan Penfold. (Staff contact: Michael Maloy, AICP, at 801-535-7118 or

  • a.      Master Plan Amendment – A request to amend the Future Land Use Plan Map of the Avenues Community Master Plan from Medium-Density 8-20 Units per Gross Acre to High-Density over 20 Units per Gross Acre. Case Number PLNPCM2015-00887
  • b.     Zoning Map Amendment – A request to amend the Salt Lake City Zoning Map from RMF-35 Moderate Density Multi-Family Residential District to RMU-35 Residential/Mixed Use District. Case Number PLNPCM2015-00808

Lincoln Elementary Alley Vacation, Master Plan Amendment and Zoning Map Amendment at approximately 1085 S Roberta Street – Requests by the Salt Lake City School District for an Alley Vacation and Master Plan and Zoning Map Amendments to demolish the existing school and build a new Lincoln Elementary School. The property is located within Council District 5, represented by Erin Mendenhall. (Staff contact: John Anderson at 801-535-7214 or

  • a.      Alley Vacation - A request to vacate a portion of a north to south running alley that extends south from Herbert Avenue into the school district's property. The alley is located in the block between Roberta Street, 300 East and Herbert Avenue. The only portions of the alley that are proposed to be closed are those adjacent to the school district's property. The remaining portions would continue to be open for use. Case Number PLNPCM2016-00096
  • b.     Master Plan Amendment – A request to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Central Community Master Plan from Low Density Residential to Institutional on the following properties: 1069 S 200 East; 1064, 1070, 1063 and 1071 S Roberta Street; and 1110 S 300 East. Case Number PLNPCM2016-00095
  • c.      Zoning Map Amendment – A request to amend the Salt Lake City Zoning Map from R-1/5000 Single Family Residential to PL Public Lands for the same properties listed above. Case Number PLNPCM2016-00094

Townes at 7th Planned Development at approximately 323 and 325 S 700 East - A request by Wes Graham for Planned Development approval for a residential condominium building (7 units) with reduced front and rear yard areas located at the above listed property. The subject property is located in the RMF-45 (Residential Multi-Family) zoning district and in Council District 4, represented by Derek Kitchen. (Staff contact: Casey Stewart at 801-535-6260 or Case Number PLNSUB2015-00965


Salt Lake City Planning Division
451 S. State Street Room 406
PO Box 145480
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Monthly Update - March 2016

Message from the Chair:

CCNC was founded in 1972, and our bylaws were last updated approximately 16 years ago. It is the view of the Executive Board that these old bylaws, which you can view on our Organization page, are due to be updated.

We have a number of suggestions to make regarding the amendment of these bylaws, but we won't make any change without feedback from the community.

For the month of March, we'll be taking feedback on the old bylaws both in person and online. In April, we'll propose a draft of the new bylaws for review by the general membership, and in June we'll vote on whether or not to adopt changes in the event that changes are proposed.

We thank you for your continued involvement in the Central City Neighborhood Council, and we hope you'll join us for this next step!

We'd like to welcome Nate Salazar as our new community liaison from Mayor Jackie Biskupski's office. Nate will be available at our meetings to answer questions and deliver news from the mayor's office, and he can be reached by e-mail at


Last month we heard from Julie Fratto with Salt Lake City Urban Forestry. We learned about the process to have trees trimmed, and the methods used to determine if a diseased tree needs to be removed.