2017: A Year in Review for SLC Council

Salt Lake City Council Year in Review

In 2017, the Salt Lake City Council focused on strengthening the foundations that support daily life for everyone in the Capital City.

Three primary issues around the essentials of living — a home, a ride, and safe streets — were part of a concentrated effort and a series of actions by the Council in the past year. For example:

  • Housing: Actions included:
    • Setting the policy framework for future housing decisions as the Council adopted a citywide policy guiding future housing decisions.
    • Acting as the Redevelopment Agency, the Council set aside $21 million for funding affordable housing development in the City.
    • Approving zoning standards for two Homeless Resource Centers.
  • Transportation: Actions included adopting a citywide Transit Master Plan, another guiding document that outlines the future of transit development in the City. The Council also sponsored a “Free Fare” day to encourage ridership on the entire Utah Transit Authority system.
  • Safety: Actions included adding 63 positions to the police department, 50 of which will be new officers on the street. The Council also added funding for the City to partner with the Downtown Alliance on an innovative “Downtown Safety Ambassador” pilot program to help people visiting the City for work or play feel welcome.

Other 2017 highlights include:

  • Advanced many of the zoning and economic development policies of the City’s Northwest Quadrant, the largest remaining piece of undeveloped territory.
  • Helped concentrate considerable city resources on the cleanup of the Rio Grande area, including assistance for those experiencing homelessness.
  • Adopted a ceremonial resolution declaring the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Salt Lake City.
  • Adopted a joint resolution with Mayor Biskupski regarding Bonanza Flat, a 1,350-acre property located in the Wasatch Mountains that is critical to Salt Lake City’s watershed. Also funded by Council at $1.5 million.
  • Updated the East Bench Master Plan.
  • Continued efforts towards increasing transparency of the City budget, including the RDA budget.
  • Supported recommendations made by an independent auditor to help streamline the City’s permitting process for business.

The year finished with the departure of two Council Members, District 3’s Stan Penfold and District 7’s Lisa Adams, as they completed their elected terms.

Highlights of the Council’s 2017 Accomplishments

2017 SLC Ordinances 

2017 SLC Resolutions

2017 Local Building Authority Resolutions

2017 RDA Resolutions

Month-by-month recap of 2017 Council actions

Dec. 5 2017

  • Adopted a citywide Master Transit Plan
  • Unanimously passed a ‘hate crimes’ resolution

Nov. 28 2017

  • Expanded Police Force by adding 50 additional officers

Nov. 21 2017

  • Accepted and approved the Nov. 7 municipal election results of Council Member-elect Chris Wharton, District 3, and Council Member-elect Amy Fowler, District 7, and returning Council Members, James Rogers, District 1, and Erin Mendenhall, District 5.
  • Adopted 21st and 21st small area plan
  • Adopted zoning text amendment relating to HRCs

Oct. 24 2017

  • Allocated $4 million to purchase for mixed-use, mixed-income, affordable housing at 1500 West North Temple
  • Worked to get an RFP issued for development bids on the property which currently operates as the Overniter Motel

Oct. 3 2017

  • Adopted a resolution declaring the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Adopted a resolution allocating the City’s CIP

Sep. 5 2017

  • Issued a statement on the incident involving a Salt Lake City Police officer and a University of Utah nurse

Aug. 29 2017

  • Welcomed Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes to discuss homelessness and drug use
  • Adopted an ordinance that would require owners of large buildings to annually benchmark energy data, share Energy Star Scores and data with the City and encourages implementation of improvements to the building’s energy systems

April 18 2017

  • Adopted a resolution approving a revised Interlocal Agreement that establishes the Central Wasatch Commission
  • Approved change in Golf fees

March 21 2017

  • Indicated its support for finding $30,000 for the Rape Recovery Center
  • Adopted a ceremonial resolution with Mayor Jackie Biskupski dedicating $1.5 million for preserving Bonanza Flat
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the County to provide election services to the City for its 2017 municipal elections

March 7 2017

  • Adopted a resolution asking Outdoor Retailer to reconsider its decision to exclude Salt Lake City in future bids for its summer and winter trade shows

Feb. 21 2017

  • Adopted the East Bench Master Plan, which includes the Parley’s Way Corridor Plan

Jan. 17 2017

  • Adopted a proposal rezoning properties near Trolley Square

Jan. 3 2017

  • Voted in Stan Penfold to serve as Chair of the Council and Charlie Luke to serve as Vice Chair for 2017
  • Approved the appointment of Karl Lieb as Fire Chief of Salt Lake City
  • Approved a budget amendment, which included funding for the 2017 Twilight Concert Series. The Council asked the Arts Council to analyze its budget and come up with options for a more fiscally sustainable Arts Council budget