SH LUZ Report 2023 November

SH LUZ Report 2023 November

The Planning Commission has approved the daycare ordinance changes, to hopefully make it easier for someone to set up a daycare in their home. We are short some 20,000 daycare positions, and once the Federal subsidy stops in December, there will be a bigger need.  We have heard that a number of daycares are already closing because they can’t find workers.

The Planning Commission also approved the Subdivision Code Amendment, with changes. It will go on to the City Council.

On October 10 they heard from UDOT regarding their plans to widen I-15. UDOT now says no houses will be removed when they widen the road.

The City Council had a work session on October 3 to ask questions about the 2157 Lincoln Avenue project, it probably will be on the City Council agenda soon for a public hearing. This was formerly known as tenth and Elm.

Housing Affordability in Salt Lake City

Thriving in Place

On October 17, the City Council voted to adopt the City’s anti-displacement plan, Thriving in Place, setting a foundation for future policy and funding investments by Salt Lake City. The plan includes a two-year action plan serving as a roadmap for innovative and immediate strategies to mitigate displacement and increase housing stability in the city.

Affordable Housing Incentives

The Council held a public hearing to share input on the Affordable Housing Incentives proposal. Commenters mentioned support for affordable housing, voiced concern about impacts to single-family homes, and asked the Council to anticipate and quickly respond to potential unintended impacts of the proposal. The Council has requested the Administration respond to questions identified at the Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 work sessions and will vote on the proposal during a future meeting. We hope we will get a chance to review the new version before it is voted on.

They also received a briefing on a proposal to amend the City’s code for Historic Overlay Districts, which would make the process easier for applicants, property owners, staff, and the Historic Landmark Commission and create new steps for adopting and updating historic resource surveys. The Council discussed balancing the desire to increase efficiencies for staff and predictability for property owners with preserving unique historic structures in certain areas of the City. The Council will hold a public hearing on this proposal on Nov 7.

The City Council also had a public hearing on closing the alley from 2167 South and 800 East, and 827 East Wilmington. There seems to be no opposition.

The LUZ Committee reviewed the new Zoning Text Amendment on work done without a Certificate of Appropriateness.  This is on our revised website, and you can help us out by sending a comment about this on the form in this link, so I can see how it works. Basically, it is doing work without a permit, but worse because it is being done in a historic district.

The next LUZ meeting will be on November 20, at 6:00 p.m. back at the Sprague Library.  We don’t know what will be on the agenda yet.

Judi Short