BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
NORTH SALT LAKE - Officials want to clean up the city’s west side.
The Davis School District recently approved a community development agreement that would give the city tax increment funding to improve roads and encourage development around Redwood Road. The district agreed to give up a portion of its future property taxes to help fund the improvements.
The city has put together a project area plan that roughly outlines some of the desired improvements, and that plan will be the focus of a public hearing on July 16 at 6:30 p.m. during the North Salt Lake Redevelopment Agency Meeting. The plan, which can be found at nslcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/335, outlines overall goals rather than specific projects.
“What this really does is give us some money to work with,” said North Salt Lake Mayor Len Arave. “Then we have to go out and get a specific plan.”
The plan, which was inspired by the blight study the city did on the area in 2012, is an extension of the city’s recent efforts to update its general plan. Though several elements of the project area plan were already unveiled as part of the general plan earlier this year, a large shopping area called the Regional Activity Center has been eliminated. During the earlier discussions, Foxboro residents protested that level of commercial development.
Instead, the plan states that the city will focus on luring businesses to the area in a more general way, and on making the area more aesthetic and pedestrian-friendly. Beyond that, the city hasn’t made any decisions.
“There have been some discussions with developers, but nothing’s really gone very far,” said Arave. “We told them what they wanted wasn’t really going to work, but they keep talking to us.”
The city previously set up a community development tax agreement for Eaglewood Village, with the property tax deak dependent on the appearance of vertical construction. Though officials broke ground on the development in late 2007, the only buildings currently on the property are a set of apartments built last year.
Depending on the results of the public hearing, the city council is expected to approve the plan at their July 16 meeting. It will be held immediately following the Redevelopment Agency meeting.