Ralph Becker's boilerplate email response
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Rick; thank you for your email, comments and information; for your information you may follow the planning process for Northwest Quadrant at www.slcgov.com and click on Hot Issues – here’s additional information for you that hopefully will address your questions; if you need any other pieces of information please don’t hesitate to ask.
“the process of considering a Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant dates back to 2006 when, during the previous administration, work was done to gather feedback from Northwest Quadrant property owners and community
groups most directly affected by development of the area to create a draft plan.
Mayor Becker believes Salt Lake City should not and will not be rushed into finalizing a Master Plan for the Northwest Quadrant until a broader level community input can be gathered. The community must explore and account for how a Northwest Quadrant Master Plan would interface with regional issues that impact the entire City before the plan can be finalized.
The challenge before us now, is to give the broader community the time to determine whether or not the draft plan fits our community needs and values. Good questions have been raised and they need to be answered.
Going forward, the public involvement process will be expanded from what has been done to date – which primarily involved engaging Northwest Quadrant property owners and neighbors in the immediate vicinity, to a broader city wide focus which will involve a significantly larger number of community members from all corners of the City.
The Mayor is endorsing an expanded public process which will include; public tours with planning staff of the Northwest Quadrant, creation of a blue ribbon task force to explore the issues and questions associated with the plan, a series of public meetings with experts to thoroughly explore issues associated with the Northwest Quadrant.
The issues Mayor Becker want to see further explored with all interested community members through the aforementioned planning process include: environmental protection, sustainability and net zero development potential, landfill cleanup, concurrent light rail development, regional planning and development, private property rights and community development.
Once the details of the newly expanded public process are finalized, the City will announce them so the public is clearly informed about all of the opportunities to ask questions, get educated and give the City feedback on planning regarding the Northwest Quadrant.”
Office of the Mayor