The Salt Lake City Council is committed to furthering responsible economic development in the northwest area of Salt Lake City, known as the Northwest Quadrant, which consists of thousands of acres of land prime for industries such as manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.
What the Council Has Done to Improve the Northwest Quadrant
Development Agreements with Property Owners
On January 16, 2018 the Council and Board of the Redevelopment Agency adopted resolutions establishing development agreements with property owners in the Northwest Quadrant. The development agreements ensure the current land use regulations will carry forward and also create a process for future tax increment reimbursement requests. Read More.
Community Reinvestment Area
On January 9, 2018, the Council and Board of the Redevelopment Agency approved the creation of the Northwest Quadrant Project Area. The new area will create a dedicated funding stream for development projects to help existing and new businesses within the project area. It’s an exciting opportunity that will help expedite the creation of infrastructure in the area to spur business growth and development. Learn more.
Northwest Quadrant Master Plan
NWQ Industrial and Manufacturing Capacity
Council staff created a map showing the existing industrial and manufacturing capacity in and around the NWQ. The map shows capacity at three, five, 10 and 20 mile distances from the Union Pacific railyard. The data is taken from the Kem Gardner Policy Institute’s inland port feasibility study. As the data shows, the NWQ has seen significant growth under City guidance. See the map.
Creation of Stadler Rail Single-property Community Reinvestment Area in NWQ
On May 1, 2018, The Council/RDA Board created a new project area to facilitate development of Stadler Rail’s new manufacturing facility. Learn more about the Stadler Rail proposal.
Zoning Amendment for Global Trade Ports
On February 20, 2018, the Council adopted an ordinance amending regulations for railroad freight terminal facilities in manufacturing zoning districts. The changes are related to the City’s current effort to allow additional railroad freight terminal facilities in Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant. Read the ordinance.
Council Adopts Zoning Text Amendments Related to Inland Port
The City needed to adopt zoning changes by the end of 2018 to satisfy State Code requirements. Additionally, the amendments include a requirement for an impact mitigation plan for conditional uses and development standards for activities that involve transporting, unloading, loading, transferring or temporarily storing natural resources. The Council held public hearings on this proposal on November 13 and November 27 before taking action on December 4, 2018.
Northwest Quadrant Fact Finding
On February 6, 2018, the Council held an in-depth discussion about the future of the City’s Northwest Quadrant. Conversation centered on what’s been done to date, what’s proposed, and the vision stakeholders have for the region. The Council invited a variety of stakeholders, from property owners, to state lawmakers, to join the discussion. Watch the discussion and view the various presentations.