Salt Lake’s Delta Center zoning changes meet opposition from Planning Commission

Jun 13, 2024, 6:30 AM

Rendering of a proposed "revitalization" district surrounding a renovated Delta Center. Salt Lake C...

Rendering of a proposed "revitalization" district surrounding a renovated Delta Center. Salt Lake City's Planning Commission voted to give a negative recommendation on proposed zoning changes for the project on Wednesday. (Smith Entertainment Group)

(Smith Entertainment Group)

SALT LAKE CITY — Despite tweaks to refine a zoning amendment request tied to a proposed “sports, entertainment, culture and convention district” by the Delta Center, the plan was met with swift opposition from Salt Lake City’s planning advisory board.

The Salt Lake City Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to send a negative recommendation of the plan to the Salt Lake City Council with a few notes. The group contends that the changes don’t align with the city’s downtown plan or existing zone purpose.

The commission also recommended that buildings like Abravanel Hall inside the proposed district are protected. It also suggests that a “buffer zone” is created to protect some pieces outside the district but within the zoning change area, such as the remaining pieces of historic “Japantown.”

The board added that it believes the project is “moving too quickly.”

“The Salt Palace is a terrible block, and I’m happy to see that someone might want to do something to it, but I don’t want to give carte blanche to something that’s so rapidly developed,” said downtown resident and Commissioner Bree Scheer as she proposed the negative recommendation.

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Salt Lake’s Delta Center zoning changes meet opposition from Planning Commission