Perilously poised to destroy Sugar House is the "form-based streetcar zoning" proposal. Mayor Ralph Becker and the Salt Lake City Council are fast-forwarding destructive radical building height increases, in stark contrast to an overflowing public hearing.
Becker is dismissing constituents and the Sugar House Master Plan.
Zoning must incorporate much more than density of housing and mass transit. Critical concerns detailing denigration of existent neighborhoods, traffic, parking, noise, access to sunlight, building design and other compatibility issues outweigh the merits of this proposal. These issues are being blatantly disregarded.
The veil has lifted. This is also about Sugar House bearing a back-breaking burden of increasing city revenues. Per Becker’s administration: "Bottom line: Between $900,000 and $1.2 million a year lost in property taxes" if the (extreme) heights proposed are lessened from 105 to 75 feet.
The mayor and council need to slow down and research alternatives.
Sugar House development should be driven by the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of our supporting ecosystem.
Salt Lake City
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