National land use expert panel descends on Salt Lake City for analysis of factors impacting housing affordability

This week, Salt Lake City is the site of an intensive land use analysis of how zoning rules and development review processes impact development of affordable housing. From March 19-22, experts in planning, economic development, housing and community revitalization from across the nation will be in Salt Lake City to take stock of the regulatory and process barriers to increasing the City’s supply of quality, affordable housing – and will identify possible ways to overcome them.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski issues statement regarding Governor Herbert signing the Inland Port Authority Bill

Although we are disappointed Governor Herbert signed SB234, we appreciate his willingness to call a special session this spring and provide a framework to address our four main issues with the bill: making sure the land use appeals follow state law and city codes; ensuring the port authority is limited to two percent of the tax increment for furthering the objectives of the inland port; reducing the size of the area covered under the bill; and having a board that equitably represents Salt Lake City’s interests.

Salt Lake City seeks public comment on proposed housing projects to be funded with federal dollars

The Salt Lake City Council will hear public comment about proposed projects and activities to be undertaken with 2018-19 federal funds under the following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs. The public hearing will be held March 20 at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, Room 315, Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 South State Street.

Mayor Biskupski to work with Governor Herbert to create a true partnership with the State on the Inland Port Authority

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced an effort with Utah Governor Gary Herbert to broker a fair partnership for Salt Lake City in relation to SB234, the Utah Inland Port Authority bill. Governor Herbert reached out to Mayor Biskupski Monday morning and expressed interest in reaching an agreed-upon approach to the Inland Port Authority.

Mayor Biskupski urges residents to ask Governor Herbert to veto inland port bill

“We are urging all Utah residents to contact Governor Herbert to veto SB234 because it is an unprecedented land and power grab of nearly 22,000 acres. The inland port bill undercuts local control and gives an unelected, unaccountable board authority over nearly one-third of the lands in Salt Lake City. The bill also gives the board up to 100% of tax increment for this area. For example, this means Salt Lake City School District would lose $145 million over the next 25 years.”  Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski

Salt Lake City saves money, brightens Smith’s Ballpark with new LED lights

This week Salt Lake City began installing a new light-emitting diode (LED) system at Smith’s Ballpark to enhance the viewing experience for players and fans. Salt Lake City owns the stadium and is investing $630,000 to replace 342 obsolete metal halide lamps with 168 new LED bulbs. This change will reduce energy consumption and eliminate lighting maintenance costs.

Mayor Biskupski joins hundreds of mayors opposing Clean Power Plan repeal

Today, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski joined more than 200 mayors from across the United States to express her support for the Clean Power Plan (CPP) – an essential public health protection and climate change solution that sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants and helps cities transition to a clean energy economy. The Trump Administration is trying to repeal the CPP in spite of support from mayors, state leaders and state businesses.

Local business owners and restauranteurs make major investment with Salt Lake City’s first ‘Food Alley’

In a true example of the American dream, the Nguyen family – Vietnamese immigrants in Salt Lake City since 1992 and owners of Sapa Investment Group – is set to create the City’s first Food Alley. The family opened up the first Pho restaurant in Salt Lake City and now owns five different businesses throughout the Salt Lake Valley. The family says their successful restaurant background, international research, vision and an innovative business model make a recipe for success for Food Alley.

Mayor Biskupski outlines successes and growth opportunities in 2018 State of the City Address

Tonight Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski cast her vision for the next two years in her State of the City address at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. The speech highlighted the progress made over the past two years and outlined opportunities to improve infrastructure, public transit, affordable housing, public safety and air quality.