The Salt Lake City Council is committed to furthering economic development in the northwest area of Salt Lake City while preserving open space and protecting natural resources. The Northwest Quadrant consists of thousands of acres of land prime for industries such as manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.
The Utah State Legislature recently adopted a bill that negatively impacts Salt Lake City’s interests for the Northwest Quadrant. It takes away the City’s control for a quarter of the City’s land area, an area larger than most other incorporated cities in Utah, and also sets a dangerous precedent for what other cities and residents throughout Utah could also stand to lose.
Salt Lake City’s elected leaders support a call by Governor Herbert for the Utah Legislature to address concerns in recently-signed legislation that would create an Inland Port Authority in the City’s Northwest Quadrant (NWQ).
The Governor wrote in March 2018 he wanted lawmakers to further study the issues so he can call a special Legislative session in the coming months to modify and improve the bill, SB234. State lawmakers need to address several very serious issues in the legislation, including land use, taxing authority, and public accountability. Council leadership will continue to work collaboratively with all NWQ stakeholders, and appreciates residents’ and other elected officials’ interest in this process.
What the Council Has Done to Improve the Northwest Quadrant
- NWQ Industrial and Manufacturing Capacity: Council staff created a map showing the existing industrial and manufacturing capacity in and around the NWQ. The map shows capacity at three, five, 10 and 20 mile distances from the Union Pacific railyard. The data is taken from the Kem Gardner Policy Institute’s inland port feasibility study. As the data shows, the NWQ has seen significant growth under City guidance. See the map.
- Creation of Stadler Rail Single-property Community Reinvestment Area in NWQ (Pending): The Council/RDA Board have a pending work session briefing on creating a new project area to facilitate development of Stadler Rail’s new manufacturing facility. However, this promising economic development may also be affected and delayed because of financial and legal uncertainty under SB234, as currently written. Learn more about the Stadler Rail proposal.
- Zoning Amendment for Global Trade Ports: On February 20, 2018, the Council adopted an ordinance amending regulations for railroad freight terminal facilities in manufacturing zoning districts. The changes are related to the City’s current effort to allow additional railroad freight terminal facilities in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant. Read the ordinance.
- Development Agreements with Property Owners: On January 16, 2018 the Council and Board of the Redevelopment Agency adopted resolutions establishing development agreements with property owners in the Northwest Quadrant. The development agreements ensure the current land use regulations will carry forward and also create a process for future tax increment reimbursement requests. Read the City’s development agreements with NWQ property owners and the RDA press release.
- Community Reinvestment Area: On January 9, 2018, the Council and Board of the Redevelopment Agency approved the creation of the Northwest Quadrant Project Area. The new area will create a dedicated funding stream for development projects to help existing and new businesses within the project area. It’s an exciting opportunity that will help expedite the creation of infrastructure in the area to spur business growth and development. Learn more. On March 20, 2018, The RDA Board delayed adoption of proposed amendments to add 280 acres east of the current boundary to include interested property owners. This legislative action is paused because the RDA Board/Council and property owners face financial and legal uncertainty under SB234 until the law is updated. Learn more about the proposed amendments, which are on hold.
- Fact Finding Night: On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 the Council held an in-depth discussion about the future of the City’s Northwest Quadrant. Conversation centered on what’s been done to date, what’s proposed, and the vision stakeholders have for the region. The Council invited a variety of stakeholders, from property owners, to state lawmakers, to join the discussion. Watch the discussion and view the various presentations.
- Northwest Quadrant Master Plan: On August 16, 2016, the Council adopted the Northwest Quadrant Master Plan. Read the plan here.