Downtown Plan SLC

The Salt Lake City Council adopted the Downtown Plan on May 24, 2016. Thank you to everyone who participated in the planning process. The strength of the plan comes from the many voices who contributed to it and will be responsible for its implementation. Stay tuned! READ THE PLAN.

In a unanimous decision on May 24, 2016, the Salt Lake City Council adopted the DOWNTOWN PLAN (16 MB). This is a milestone moment in the planning process and we are really excited about the plan and what it means for the future of the downtown and our city.



In the coming months, watch for new initiatives, zoning changes, and other city actions that will align city policy with the plan.


Looking for a summary of the plan? Download the April 26, 2016 PRESENTATION TO CITY COUNCIL.



The Downtown Community Plan is a long-term vision and implementation plan that directs growth and development in the downtown. It reflects the outcomes of over 2 years of public engagement and directly incorporates what our community values. The Downtown Community Plan’s vision is that Downtown is the premier center for sustainable urban living, commerce, and cultural life in the Intermountain West. The vision statement establishes the community’s aspirations and directs us where to go. A vision statement serves the greatest number of people, has long-term outcomes, and requires public and private commitment.

The plan anticipates what people will need and want in the future. It features partnership with the private sector to grow the economy and housing choice as a critical component to fulfilling City Hall’s livability goals. Key themes include:

  • Jobs-Housing Balance: Increasing the residential population to 20,000 by 2040;

  • Economic Development: Growing downtown’s role as a commercial engine for the city, region, and state;

  • Livability: Improving neighborhood or district-level amenities, transportation, and housing choice; and

  • Destination: Making downtown a world-class destination with the best quality of life in the country.

Since the summer of 2014, we have made a series of changes to the draft plan. The DRAFT PLAN (dated August 27, 2015) represents the Planning Division’s recommended changes to the Planning Commission based on a year of discussions, public meetings, and comments we received.

Some helpful documents:

  • List of public comments received and how the plan responds to them, see THIS LIST.

  • Documentation of the October-November 2014 public meetings, see HERE.

  • Complete list of the changes since the August 2014 draft, see THIS (GIANT) LIST of all recommended changes to the Draft Plan since 8-27-14.

  • Short(er) list of the most recent changes, see THIS LIST of changes since 5-1-15. Items highlighted in yellow are all changes related to economic development, reflecting alignment with the City’s economic development efforts, EnterpriseSLC. Items highlighted in blue reflect specific transportation-related changes.



So many of you participated in this planning process. For this we are truly grateful. The plan is a direct outcome of this process through which we experienced mutual learning of the needs and desires of others.

We appreciate your ongoing commitment to the Downtown Plan. Please contact us with any questions. Contact Molly Robinson, project manager for the Downtown Plan: MOLLY.ROBINSON@SLCGOV.COM or (801) 535-7261.