A public hearing before the Salt Lake City Council is scheduled for Tuesday during the council's regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting in room 315 at City Hall, 451 S. State.
The zoning proposal by the administration of Mayor Ralph Becker seeks to take advantage of the transportation options offered by the Sugar House Streetcar or S line that debuted in December.
For the most part, the Sugar House Community Council supports zone changes in the area, said Judi Short, chairwoman of the council's land-use committee. But she cautioned that the single-family homes in the area should not be encroached upon by tall buildings next door. "Forty-five feet next to a single family home is too high," she said.
Sugar House resident George Chapman said much of the rezoning proposal would be harmful for the residential neighborhood. The zoning will set the stage for "gentrification" and higher taxes, he said. That will drive out moderate- to low-income residents.
Soren Simonsen, a former city councilman who represented Sugar House, agreed that buffers should protect residential neighborhoods near high-density development. But he noted that the area surrounding the intersection of 700 East and 2100 South has long been identified as a potential high-density locale.
Part of the proposal would rezone city open space on Sugarmont Avenue to FB-SE that allows 45-foot heights. The Becker administration has labeled the land, now a community garden, as "surplus." But Simonsen said selling off open space while creating greater density is not sound planning.