Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City to launch ambitious plan to prepare Northwest Quadrant for economic development

On Monday, December 5th, Mayor Jackie Biskupski will kick-off, an aggressive two-year plan to build an infrastructure backbone and develop an economic implementation plan for the city’s Northwest Quadrant, prime land directly west of Salt Lake City International Airport, and the International Center.
“The Northwest Quadrant project will be an incredible economic and job creation opportunity for Salt Lake City and will further secure our reputation as an worldwide business hub,” said Mayor Biskupski. “No other city in the country has 3,670 acres of developable land within 15 minutes of an international airport, major interstate highway exchanges, railways, and a vibrant downtown.”
Several city department directors will join the Mayor to discuss details of the plan on Monday, and present to the City Council the following day—the first of many public and stakeholder discussions to be held.
The timeline announcement follows the adoption by the City Council in August of the Northwest Quadrant Master Plan.
Most people are familiar with the Northwest Quadrant as the site for the future state prison. The prison will sit on 300 acres of the site, with nearly 4,000 acres of land to be preserved as open space, and 3,670 acres targeted for development. The city will take advantage of state financing of the basic infrastructure being constructed for the facility—including roads, water, sewer, gas lines, fiber-optic cabling, and lighting—which will serve as the backbone for a greater grid to service an employment, light industrial, and manufacturing center.