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City Seeks Public Input on Parley’s Way Corridor Plan

Salt Lake City’s Planning Division invites residents and users of Parley’s Way to help shape the future of one of the Capital City’s busiest travel corridors.

Parley’s Way has long been identified as an important gateway into Salt Lake City and regular users have expressed their interest in enhancing the safety, efficiency and aesthetics of the corridor for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and transit riders. The City’s Planning Division is requesting public input to shape the Parley’s Way Corridor Plan.

Participants will have the opportunity to weigh-in on four focus areas:

  • Transportation
  • Neighborhood Connectivity
  • Land Use
  • Streetscape Design

You can participate in the Parley’s Way Corridor Plan survey by visiting www.slcgov.com/opencityhall.

Should businesses & apartments be required to recycle in SLC?

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The Salt Lake City Council is currently accepting comments on the proposed Business & Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance on Open City Hall. 

Do you think businesses and apartments should be required to recycle? Comment today!

A proposal that would increase recycling requirements is coming before the City Council for review and approval. Although the topic has appeared on Open City Hall before, the Council may consider some changes and would like to know what you think of the proposal.

The Council supports diverting as much waste from the landfill as possible, and commercial and multi-family buildings generate a significant amount of waste that is needlessly thrown out when it could be recycled.  Currently, the City provides recycling service automatically to single family and duplex residences.  However, over the years, the Council has received many requests from residents of multi-unit buildings and business employees for recycling services, too.

For people who live in multi-unit condo or apartment complexes, recycling service is harder to come by. The same goes for businesses – although businesses and apartment owners can contract for recycling collection, there is currently no requirement for them to participate.

An update to City law would change that, making it mandatory for businesses, apartment complex owners, and condominium home owners associations to provide recycling service – with some exceptions.

For more information on the proposed changes, and how they would be phased in, read the Council Staff  report here, and Mayor’s original proposal here. 

Input Needed: SLC’s New Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan

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Salt Lake City’s updated Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan is now available in draft form for public input!

The draft plan, developed over the past two years with input from thousands of residents and stakeholders, is available for review online at www.slcgov.com/opencityhall and the project website www.walkbikeslc.com. Download your copy. A hard copy is also available at the Transportation Division, please call (801) 535-6630 for details.

The City would like to hear from you to know to how well this plan reflects your vision, goals, and recommendations for the City’s walking and bicycling initiatives over the next 20 years. Are there things you would like us to change? Let us know!

The review period is open until Wednesday, December 17. 

Sustainable City Dashboard

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Screenshot of the homepage of the Sustainable City Dashboard.

Today SLCgreen joined Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to unveil a new and innovative tool to track our sustainability efforts and engage with the public.

The Sustainable City Dashboard website features over 100 different metrics from 12 core areas of livability: Air & Climate, Energy, Recycling, Transportation, Open Space, Water, Urban Forestry, Arts & Culture, Housing, Community Health & Safety, Food & Nutrition and Education.

“The Sustainable City Dashboard is an effort to openly engage with residents as we work toward our goals for the future,” said Mayor Becker. “The tool illuminates a broad and ambitious agenda to protect our resources, enhance our assets and establish a path toward greater resiliency and vitality for every aspect of our community.”

The dashboard also features a venue for residents to voice their ideas and concerns about all aspects of Salt Lake City life. The new format, facilitated through Open City Hall, provides the opportunity for two-way communication and enhanced idea sharing.

We hope that Salt Lake City residents will see the new dashboard as an opportunity to explore what their city is doing to improve our community, and become part of the process by sharing their own ideas on how we can reach our goals.

Start exploring the new Sustainable City Dashboard.  We can’t wait to hear your ideas!

SLC Seeking Comments on Proposed Business Recycling Ordinance

Photo: IntelFreePress via Flickr.

Recycling stations at Moscone Convetion Center to help achieve 75% waste diversion, as mandated by city of San Francisco. Photo: IntelFreePress via Flickr.

Did you know? The waste diversion rate for Salt Lake City homes hovers around 38%. This means that roughly 38% of all waste collected through the City’s residential collection program is recycled or composted.

Now compare that to the estimated 10% diversion rate for Salt Lake City businesses.

In an effort to increase business and multi-family (i.e. apartment) recycling rates, Salt Lake City is proposing a new Business & Multi-Family Recycling Ordinance that would require property owners or managers where 4 or more cubic yards of solid waste are generated per week to:

  • Subscribe to a recycling collection service from an authorized waste hauler.
  • Designate area(s) for recycling containers.
  • Implement a recycling program for use by occupants, employees or residents that is as convenient as trash collection.
  • Distribute educational recycling information to occupants, employees or residents annually.

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