Category Archives: Policy Development

Historic Apartment & Multifamily Design Guidelines


Historic apartment and other multifamily buildings are a key traditional building type in Salt Lake City’s central and older neighborhoods. The special character of significant parts of the city’s historic districts depends upon the individual or combined contribution of these buildings, their scale and their architectural distinction. The city’s historic apartment buildings help to create the individuality, identity and residential amenity and livability of this community, marking the decades which transformed Salt Lake City from an agricultural to a concentrated, industrial, urban city.

Where located within a City designated local historic district, the characteristics of these buildings are protected by additional design review to ensure that changes do not adversely affect their special character. Design review is based on the design standards for a Historic Preservation Overlay in the City Zoning Ordinance, addressing alterations to an existing building, and the design of a new building, and the design standards are clarified and supported by adopted design guidelines. Continue reading

Outdoor Dining and Design Guidelines for Pilot Parklet Program


Outdoor drawingTRIAL2color2The Planning Division has prepared design guidelines for outdoor dining to ensure quality outdoor seating areas, the appropriate use of the public sidewalks for outdoor dining and safety for pedestrians in Salt Lake City.

This project also introduces a pilot parklet program managed by the Transportation Division. A parklet is a small urban park, often created by replacing several under-utilized parking spots with a patio, planters, trees, benches, café tables with chairs, fountain(s), artwork, sculptures and/or bicycle parking. Continue reading

Recognized Community Organizations

Public Input Timeline Graphic Portrait3In July of 2012 the Planning Division began working on a rewrite of Salt Lake City Code sections relating to recognized community based organizations. To manage the project the Planning Division developed a project specific web site which chronicle the progress of the petition

The ordinance, adopted October 2, 2013, continues to respect and recognize the existing Community Councils, and opens the door for new groups to become recognized by The City.   Additionally, the new ordinance clearly defines the expectations of The City and Recognized Community Based Organizations. To find out more or to apply click here. Continue reading