Salt Lake City

City Kicks Off New Downtown Planning Effort with Public Workshop

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 7, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659


City Kicks Off New Downtown Planning Effort with Public Workshop

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Planning Division will host the first public workshop of the Downtown Master Plan process on Thursday, May 9, at 5 p.m. in Room 251 of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple.

This workshop, the first in a series, will begin to help build a comprehensive, long-term vision to direct planning efforts. Participants will gain a broad understanding of existing conditions in downtown, brainstorm ideas, discuss issues and be challenged with questions regarding how they envision the role of downtown now and in the future.

“We are committed to an open and inclusive process, wherein participants will tackle the big questions regarding the role and future of downtown,” said Eric Shaw, director of Salt Lake City’s Community and Economic Development Department.

The new Downtown Master Plan will replace the Salt Lake City Downtown Plan completed in 1995. This initiative is an important step toward creating a new vision and image for the downtown area, and will continue the discussion started by the Salt Lake Chamber in 2007 with the Downtown Rising Plan.

The project area covers multiple districts, including the Central Business District; Downtown South; Granary; Downtown Warehouse District; Depot area; and the Gateway District. It is bounded by North Temple, 200 East, 900 South and I-15.

Registration and open house begin at 5 p.m. with the workshop to follow at 6 p.m. A series of video stories, created by residents and collected by the City, will screen during the open house. The stories help reflect the wide and dynamic range of values residents and visitors place on downtown Salt Lake City and will help to kick-start conversion in this first public gathering on the downtown plan.

Additional information about the project and upcoming events can be found at http://downtownplanslc.com.