Category Archives: Salt Lake City

Tis the season….for snow removal

The holidays are here and so is winter and snow!

1024px-SneeuwschuiverCheck out the Snow Removal resource page at here  to read about the priority system for removing snow from city streets and view the snow removal priority street map.

See the snowplows in action in real time here.

Keep this page bookmarked all winter long to keep up on the progress of snow removal in your neighborhood.

Salt Lake City Seeking Input on Inland Port Zoning

Inland-Port-AuthorityOne of the effects of the Legislature’s special session addressing the Inland Port law was a deadline for Salt Lake City to establish a zoning plan for the new area. Right now the city is taking public input on the types of zoning restrictions or incentives to be codified.


Besides taking public input online, the city has conducted a number of open houses over the past six weeks. Two more are taking place this month; one took place on September 18th at the City Council and the next is September 26th at 5:30 pm for the Planning Commission. Additional details are provided in the previous here.

This process is the last major step the city has before the development of the Inland Port takes place in earnest. Your feedback is needed and appreciated.

Pedal in the City: Jordan Parkway Trail Finished!

bridge2A long awaited dream for Fairpark residents and bike enthusiasts all over the city has come true.  Residents can now cycle the entire Jordan Parkway Trail without skirting around side streets between sections of trail.  The Jordan River Trail Bridge was officially opened and dedicated at celebration event on November 18 at Fisher Mansion.  This bridge completes Jordan River Trail, an urban paved trail that follows the Jordan River through Salt Lake City from Davis County through Utah County.


Speaking at the dedication ceremony included David Litvak,SLC Mayor’s office, Ben bridge3McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor, James Rogers, Salt Lake City Council District 1, Stan Penfold, Salt Lake City Council District 3, Rep.  Sandra Hollins, District 23, and Kyle Lamalfa, former District 2 City Council Member, who was instrumental in moving forward the completion of the Jordan River Parkway Trail.


More information is available at the Jordan River Commission ( and the Salt Lake City (

School Bus Safety Reminder

School is well under way for our children.  Here are a couple of safety tips regarding school vehicles that transport our children to school each day:

  • If you are approaching a school bus with flashing yellow lights, proceed with the normal caution required by school zones.
  • If the school bus is displaying flashing red lights, you must stop (unless the bus is traveling in the opposite direction on a divided highway).

Condo Sales Heat up in Salt Lake While Home Sales Cool Off

The Salt Lake Board of Realtors® reported a drop in the number of single-family homes sold in Salt Lake County in the second quarter of 2016, while sales of condominiums showed a double-digit percent increase. Sales of single-family homes in the most recent quarter fell to 3,863 units, a 3 percent decline compared to 3,991 units sold in the second quarter of 2015. The median single-family home price in Salt Lake County climbed to $296,000, up 8 percent compared to $275,000 last year.  “Limited housing inventory continues to restrict home sales,” said Cheryl Acker, president of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors. “The higher price points of single-family homes have led many first-time buyers to purchase lower priced townhomes and condominiums.” Condominium sales in the second quarter increased to 1,208 units sold, a 16 percent increase compared to 1,044 sales a year ago. The median price of Salt Lake condos surpassed the $200,000 mark in the second quarter, rising to $203,450 from $188,750 a year ago. The median single-family home price for the Wasatch Front increased 9 percent to $274,900 compared to a median price of $253,000 in last year’s second quarter.  The average cumulative days a listing was on the market in the second quarter in Salt Lake County fell to 37 days, down from 59 days in the second quarter of 2015.

Get your Garden on with Fairpark Community’s First Annual Plant Sale!

Got Garden?

We have just what you need to fill it up!

EventFlyerAfter months of hard work by volunteers, the Fairpark Community Council’s First Annual Plant Sale is almost here!  Almost 4,000 veggies and herb plants are being cared for by dedicated volunteers.  The seedlings are growing like wild and will be sure to enhance any garden in our neighborhood with culinary delights.

Read more here ( about how to pre-order your plants and pick them up as early as the end of April, and view full catalogs of the availalbe varieties of vegetables and herbs, as well as a full color listing of the vegetable seeds that will be given away at the May 14 event.

How did this all start?

The FCC Board decided to take advantage of the Salt Lake City annual Signature Event Fund application in fall of 2015. The FCC Board decided that a fun event would be a plant sale and education event.    The scope of events that happened after that was amazing!

IMG_2154A donation of a structure that looks very much like a bus shelter was timely.  Volunteers dismantled the structure over a weekend in late February and the following weekend rebuilt it at All Chay restaurant (1264 W 500 N), the proprietors of which graciously donated space for the project. The next 6 weeks were busy with fine tuning the structure with materials to make it a functioning greenhouse, planting seeds, separating seedlings, watering the plants and generating interest in our community for the project. Tom King, project lead, appeared on KRCL Radio’s Punk Rock Farmer show on April 15 to discuss and promote the project.seedlingseparation

The next few weeks will be spent continuing the care of the plants, advertising and promoting the event, taking pre-orders with the culminating plant sale event at Northwest Community Center, Saturday, May 14 at 10am.

As a special incentive to get people to attend the May 14 event, we will be offering free seeds for lettuce, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers and more! There will fun be activities for kids of all ages.

View the full color listing of the vegetable seeds that will be given away here.

IMG_2980Left over plants from the May 14 event will be taken to the Get Into the River Festival from 5-7pm, at the Fairpark Amphitheater, 155 North 1000 West.

We are very excited about this community building/enhancing project.  We hope residents will become more interested in growing their own food, sharing their stories about gardening, sharing samples of their edibles, and develop sustainable habits that will improve health and lifestyles for years to come.

Garden on dude!


Affordable Housing Development at 750 W. South Temple

A representative of the Vecino Group will attend the next community council
meeting (April 28, 6:30, Northwest Community Center, 1255 Clark Ave) to talk about their project at 750 W. South Temple (just outside our border in Poplar Grove) and answer questions of those in attendance may have. This visit is for informational purposes only as this development has passed the form based
zoning for the City and the City Council voted 4-3 to allow Salt Lake County Housing
Authority to build this structure in Salt Lake City.

The project planned is called Bodhi and will be a five-story building
including 80 units of one and two-bedroom apartments. 60 of the 80 units will be
held for those making 50% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI). 50% of the
area median income for Salt Lake County is $36,100 for a family of 4. Of those 60
units, there will be 5 set aside for the chronically homeless, 9 units for the severely
and persistently mentally ill, and 9 units for those with a long-term mobility
disability. There will be full-time onsite services provided by the Salt Lake
Community Action Program.

This $12 million development is a partnership between the Vecino Group
and the Salt Lake County Housing Authority, and is being funded by Federal Low
Income Housing Tax Credits and $1 million from the Olene Walker Housing Trust
The Fairpark Community Council Executive Committee has been meeting
with stakeholders ever since we first heard about this development. Though we
welcome the higher densities that the Transit Station Area zoning provides along
the TRAX line, we are worried by the concentration of affordable units in this
development and along the TRAX corridor, and will continue to work with our city
council members to ensure that further developments along North Temple do not
have such a high proportion of affordable units.

Zoning Terms Primer

There is a lot of discussion about zoning, but what does it all mean?

Housing terms are often referred to in our discussions and presentations about housing:  Affordable housing, Subsidized housing and Market rate housing. Here you Zoning-Real-Estate-Termcan learn about things such as what “cost burdened” means, the percentage of Salt Lake residents who are cost burdened, how vouchers work, and what market value is.

Affordable housing: Families who pay more than 30 percent of their incomes for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing. A family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the US. In Salt Lake City, 50% of our renters are cost burdened and 25% of our renters are severely cost burdened (meaning they pay more than 50% of their income on rent).

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West Side Spotlight: State Representative Sandra Hollins


Representative Sandra Hollins, D-District 23

Fairpark Gazette:  Thank you so much for sitting down to visit with The Gazette!   What would you like to tell the residents of Fairpark?

Rep. Sandra Hollins:  First, thank you for having me!  Well, let’s start by talking about voting.  I just want west side residents to know that this is a very important election and I want them to come out and vote because their vote equates to their voice.  I saw it in the mayor’s election and I want to make sure they show up for this election as well.   I was so proud during our caucus night.  I was very proud to see the lines and the amount of people who came out for caucus night, and so I want make sure those same people come out to vote.  I want to make sure that those who aren’t registered to vote get registered and that their voices are heard.  We could really turn this state people!  There are so many democrats and if you count all the democrats who think their voices don’t matter, and they get together, you find it DOES matter.  When I’m out campaigning, I hear of so many people who say, “I don’t vote because I don’t think it will make a difference, and it does make a difference.  It makes a HUGE difference!” One of my concerns is the number of young people who have no interest in voting, but I noticed in the last caucus night the number of young people who are excited about this presidential race and who are out and interested in politics, which gets me very excited about politics.  I met a number of young people who have never voted before who said this was their first time participating in the political process. I met a young man who was a refugee and he got his citizenship last year.  That this was his first time to vote.  And not only did he register to vote, but he became a delegate! He came and sat by me and we talked and talked. He had a lot questions about the process and what needs to be done, and who’s running…  He was just so curious.  He just jumped in with both feet!  I loved that.

FG: We just made it through the legislative session.  We didn’t have a lot of wins, but one of the things we were happy about was the Fairpark Bill coming out.

Visit Representative Hollins Legislative website here.

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