December 06, 2021

Public Hearing Notice on Significant Water Consuming Land Uses Text Amendment

At their December 7th meeting, the Salt Lake City Council passed the following motion to adopt the amended ordinance:

"I move the Council close the public hearing and adopt the ordinance with the following change to the final draft:

Any new commercial or industrial land use that consumes or uses more than an annual average of 200,000 gallons of potable water per day is prohibited.

I further move the Council initiate a legislative action requesting the Administration review and research potential amendments to the City’s water conservation policies and come back to the Council with recommendations for ordinance changes. Potential polices could include but would not be limited to: additional zoning amendments, rate structure changes, or review of supply/demand studies to evaluate conservation needs.

I further move the Council initiate a legislative intent, requesting the Administration work with the parties under the existing development agreements in the NWQ to commit to adhering to this water use restriction ordinance because the City believes it is a safety code that is required to meet legitimate concerns regarding public health, safety, and welfare."

 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake supports this amendment to implement responsible limits for future commercial and industrial water use. Development proposals like the Vobev bottling facility, already approved by the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Agency, are the type of water-intensive development that must be limited. Read more about industrial water demand and Great Salt Lake in this Utah Business article by Emma Penrod and this Deseret News op-ed by our Executive Director, Lynn de Freitas.

Click here to read our comment.

Click here to read comments from climate studies educator, Rob Wilson.

 

Notice Title: Public Hearing Notice on Significant Water Consuming Land Uses Text Amendment

Event Date & Time: December 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM

The Council will return to a hybrid meeting approach on Tuesday, December 7. Hybrid Council meetings allow people to join online through Webex or in person at the City & County Building: 451 S State Street, Room 326, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Webex Information:

Please note, registration is required to make a comment via Webex.  To register, click the “Join the meeting” link below.

Description/Agenda:

SALT LAKE CITY CORPORATION, SALT LAKE CITY COUNCIL

NOTICE OF HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT ON Tuesday, December 7, 2021 a public hearing will be held at 7:00 p.m. by the Salt Lake City Council to accept public comment and consider adopting an ordinance relating to PLNPCM2021-00638 - Significant Water Consuming Land Uses Text Amendment. A request by Mayor Erin Mendenhall to amend the text of the zoning ordinance related to land uses that consume significant amounts of water. The proposal would implement a 300,000-gallon a day limit on the amount of water that commercial and industrial land uses can utilize. The limit affects multiple zones and multiple land uses citywide. The ordinance also amends and clarifies the definitions of related land use terms. Currently there is a 6-month temporary ordinance ('pending ordinance' or moratorium) in effect that mirrors the proposed water use restrictions in the ordinance but will expire on January 4, 2022. Petition No.: PLNPCM2021-00635

This meeting will be held via electronic means, while potentially also providing for an in-person opportunity to attend or participate in the hearing at the City and County Building, located at 451 South State Street, Room 326, Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are interested in participating during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting, please visit the website www.slc.gov/council/virtual-meetings/ or call 801-535-7654 to obtain connection information. Comments may also be provided by calling the 24-Hour comment line at (801)535-7654 or sending an email to council.comments@slcgov.com. All comments received through any source are shared with the Council and added to the public record.

Notice of Special Accommodations: People with disabilities may make requests for reasonable accommodation, which may include alternate formats, interpreters, and other auxiliary aids and services. Please make requests at least two business days in advance. To make a request, please contact the City Council Office at council.comments@slcgov.com, 801-535-7600, or relay service 711.

Notice of Electronic or Telephone Participation: This meeting will be held via electronic means, while also providing for an in-person opportunity to attend or participate in the hearing at the City and County Building, located at 451 South State Street, Room 326, Salt Lake City, Utah. If you are interested in participating during the Public Hearing portion of the meeting, please visit the website www.slc.gov/council/virtual-meetings/ or call 801-535-7654 to obtain connection information and to verify meeting location.

Contact Information: Salt Lake City Council Office; (801)535-7600; council.comments@slcgov.com