Walkable ordinance OK'd by Salt Lake City Council
After four years of discussion, the Salt Lake City Council approved Mayor Rocky Anderson's walkable-communities ordinance Tuesday. It says owners of new commercial developments, along with major expansions, must place buildings up to the sidewalk and orient front doors toward the street. Parking lots are to be behind buildings and 40 percent of the first floor should be glass. Developers can obtain variances. The ordinance, which passed 5-2, won't take affect for four months. Councilman Van Turner said it will help small businesses. But Councilman Dave Buhler, who urged the council to delay action until all business owners were notified of the change, disagreed. "Business owners don't even know this is happening," Buhler said, adding that the ordinance places another burden on owners. "What we're saying is, 'Don't invest in Salt Lake City.' " Councilman Dale Lambert suggested Buhler was trying to drum up opposition by delaying the vote. - Heather May
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