Do you support encouraging small business and commercial activity in the City’s neighborhoods?
In January 2011, the City’s Planning Division completed a report for the public that details the process, findings, and current proposal to create a new Small Neighborhood Business Zoning District including changes to some existing commercial zoning regulations.
This report provides a statistical overview of nonconforming and conforming small businesses located generally in residential areas across the city. It also includes the results of business and neighborhood surveys that were completed in the fall of 2010. In addition, the report provides a draft of the proposed zoning regulations for the review by the public and City policy makers.
The report is divided into four sections that includes:
1 Introduction:a summary of the work that has been done so far.
2. Land Use Analysis: This chapter contains a breakdown by planning district of small businesses and their characteristics.
3. Proposed Ordinance: This chapter contains the draft of proposed zoning regulations that would be applied to some of the properties.
Please review the details of this proposed ordinance.
4. Survey Summary:This chapter shows results of a large survey that was conducted to assess concerns of neighboring property owners relating to the small business properties.
Surveys and Feedback
Two surveys of business owners and property owners have been completed as of November 2010. The surveys asked questions concerning the integration and compatibility of small neighborhood businesses in their respective neighborhoods and the desires of surrounding residents for these types of businesses in their area.
The results of these surveys can be found on the Survey page or the complete study can be downloaded from the link to the left. You can also download specific portions of the study from the below links.
Decision Making Process
Amendments to the zoning ordinance are legislative actions that require City Council approval. The following is a summary of the City review process:
- Community Input: These include open houses, community council meetings, meetings with affected property owners and comments obtained through the Open City Hall online forum.
- Analysis and development of Planning Division Recommendation(s): The Planning Division takes into consideration potential negative impacts as well as potential benefits of the proposal and develops a recommendation for the Planning Commission. The results of the analysis and recommendation are included in a report to the Planning Commission. The report is available for public review prior to the Planning Commission public hearing.
- Planning Commission Public Hearing: The Planning Commission reviews the proposal and holds a public hearing. The Planning Commission considers the recommendation from the Planning Staff, as well as comments received from the public, and provides a recommendation to the City Council.
- City Council Public Hearing: The City Council reviews the proposal and holds a public hearing. The City Council considers the recommendation from the Planning Commission, as well as comments received from the public. The City Council could approve or deny the proposal, or approve the proposal with conditions.
We want to hear from you!
Your comments on the details of the proposed zoning regulations are very important.
There are two primary aspects of the proposal:
Structural and site considerations: When additions or new construction occur do the proposed regulations address your concerns relating to compatibility with surrounding structures and the neighborhood?
Uses: The intention of the proposed zoning district is to allow new neighborhood businesses or legalize existing nonconforming business uses within residential neighborhoods. What are appropriate uses and how can impacts of these uses be mitigated?
To see details regarding this project please go to the SNBA project web page.
Your comments on the proposal are very important. There are three ways that you can participate in the decision process:
- Provide your comments in this “Open City Hall” discussion forum.
- Email or send a letter to the City Council.
- Attend the public hearings.
All comments provided in the “Open City Hall” discussion forum, as well as those sent directly to Council, will be sent to City leaders for their consideration.
Here are ways to provide comments to the City Council:
Write: Salt Lake City Council
451 S. State Street,
P.O. Box 145476
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-5476
Phone: (801) 535-7600
Fax: (801) 535-7651
24- Hr Comment Line: (801) 535-7654
When providing additional information or comments to the Council, it is helpful to include your name, address, contact number, email, and a set of bullet points, such as:
- Concerns/objections to the proposal
- Aspects of the proposal you support
- Questions you may have
- Recommendations for solutions
- Information you want to be sure the Council knows
If you are unable to attend a City Council meeting, here are some other options:
- watch SLCTV live from a computer by visiting: www.slctv.com and click on “watch SLCTV live”
- view a rebroadcast of a City Council meeting on SLCTV cable channel 17 by visiting: www.slctv.com/schedule.htm to obtain an SLCTV schedule.
- visit: www.slctv.com/vid_demand.htm to listen to a previous Council meeting or download a podcast
- contact the City Recorder’s Office at (801) 535-7671 and request a CD copy of a Council meeting or a particular agenda.