The Yalecrest Neighborhood Council helps promote a safe and vibrant community in this historic neighborhood with its iconic architecture, tree-lined streets and parks. We act as a forum for residents to voice their opinions about issues vital to the community and to engage in activities, projects and causes that reflect Yalecrest’s vitality.

Recap of April 14 YNC Meeting

Affordable Housing Overlay; Historic Preservation;
Traffic Compliance — U of U game day parking

Special Presenters:
Sara Javoronok, SLC’s Senior Planning official on the Affordable Housing Overlay
David Amott, Executive Director, Preservation Utah
Damian Choi, Chief Compliance Director, SLC Traffic on game day parking

Modern row houses


Sara Javoronok, SLC’s Senior Planning official on the Affordable Housing Overlay:

About half of Yalecrest would be regulated by the Affordable Housing Overlay, if approved. Marked in yellow on map below

These new zoning rules would apply: 
1. Side yard setbacks (distance between two neighbors) would shrink from from 4 and 10 feet to 1 or 2 feet. 
2. Up to 4 new housing units would be allowed on a single family lot.
3. New housing types allowed: row houses, sideways row houses, townhouses in groups of 3-4, fourplexes, triplexes, and duplexes. 
4. Properties will be deed restricted to insure they are serving those with limited incomes
5. Minimum lot width requirements (50 feet) would be removed.
6. One parking space per unit required on AHO property.
Sections of Yalecrest designated for the AHO were chosen because they are either near an arterial roadway or in high frequency transit zones (buses that run every 15 minutes).  Note: Most of Yalecrest is zoned R-1 5000 or R-1 7000. The Yalecrest area also has 4 CN zones at the intersection of 1300 South and 1700 East (Emigration Cafe, Nomad East, Jolley’s, Emigration Market). Heights are currently restricted to 25 feet but in an AHO an additional story would be allowed.  

Goals of AHO: (1) Help tax and private dollars build more affordable housing projects. (2) Open the door for property owners to see how their property can be used for new affordable housing units. 

To spur this growth, developers would be given density bonuses, a shorter approval timeline, and modification of some zoning regulations. The intent is to require at least 20% of each unit to be set aside as affordable, 80% AMI. Increase owner-occupied housing at an affordable level. Existing design standards will be enforced.

Contact Sara at: Sara.javoronok@slcgov.com or 801-535-7625.

David Amott, Executive Director, Preservation Utah, described historic preservation in Salt Lake and Utah as “the best of times, and worst of times.” He lauded recent advancements like the 120+ year old warehouse in the Granary District transformed into the multi-use Evo Campus, and efforts to preserve the oldest African American Church in Utah, the Trinity A.M.E. Church built in 1909, and Utah’s first mosque, Masjid Al Noor, built in the 1980s. The 2022 Historic Homes Tour will take place May 21 in the Central City.
Trinity A.M.E. Church in Salt Lake
– Four Utah towns are embracing historic preservation: Ogden, Provo, Spring City and Helper. 
– HB234 didn’t pass but will be re-introduced in 2023 offering tax credits for commercial properties.
– HB262 was defeated. Would have cut historic preservation tax credits for homes in half.
– A partnership with Main Street America will help revitalize historic commercial districts.
Evo Center Granary District, SLC

– HB 1003, introduced and passed unexpectedly during the 2021 special session, prohibits the creation of new historic districts built after 1950. This runs counter to federal regulations that permit historic recognition to 1972. 
– Tear downs in historic places like Yalecrest.(56 since 1990). Amott’s keys to a greater emphasis on historic preservation in Salt Lake: support from political leadership, the City Council, and the Mayor. “It hasn’t been a campaign issue for many years in Salt Lake.” 

Contact David at: david@preservationutah.org or 801-533-0858, ext. 103.

Damian Choi, Chief Compliance Director, SLC Traffic
Officers are assigned to every game day as well as concerts. Message: “You are not forgotten when you have heavy traffic in (your) area.”

Issued 300 tickets in Yalecrest on the first game day of the 2021-22 U of U football season.
Infractions included: opposite of traffic parking, blocking fire hydrants and driveways, car towing, registration violations.
– Ticket numbers gradually declined after first game. (Choi did not elaborate, but YNC has asked for the specifics.)
– If residents encounter verbal arguments or harassment from game day visitors Damian asked them to contact his office for mediation. Some calls can be escalated to the SLPD.
– An unidentified car can only park in front of your home for 48 hours (SLC ordinance).  When reporting unidentified cars to traffic compliance include: license, make, model, color of car and your address. 
Contact Damian Choi: Damian.choi@slcgov.com or 801-535-7917.

Salt Lake City District 6 Council Member and Council Chair Dan Dugan
– SLC Covid numbers are low (wastewater measurements; 30 units)
– Conserve water. Keep sprinklers off until necessary. Xeriscaping landscaping can save water. Dan is having discussions with  institutions, the university, churches, companies and corporation to reduce water usage now.
– Discussions are intensifying on the Inland Port and will wrap up by the end of 2022.
– Slow down signs are available from Dan. He can drop off one at your house. Contact him: Dan.dugan@slcgov.com. 
– Thinks 3 of 6 redistricting maps are viable. Call Dan if you have opinions.
– Will hold outdoor gatherings throughout District 6 neighborhoods.  – Higher passenger rates at SLC airport “going through the roof.” 
– All city departments budgets are being reviewed now for final approval in June.
Contact Dan at: dan.dugan@slcgov.com or 801-535-7784

Jamie Stokes, Liaison, Mayor’s Office
– Mayor Erin Mendenhall will deliver her budget address to the City Council, May 3, 7 p.m. 
– The SLC Marathon will be held April 23 beginning at the U of U Legacy Bridge.
– Surface treatments for several city roads will be conducted through the summer causing some interruptions.  
– Jamie will be transitioning to SLC’s Civic Engagement team. Tim Cosgrove will be our new liaison. 
Contact Tim Cosgrove at Tim.cosgrove@slcgov.com or (o) 801-535-7238; (m) 801-598-8047

SLPD Det. Sam Fallows report
March/Yalecrest: Car prowl with minimum losses.
– Register bicycles at: http://www.slccpd.com/bike-registration
– File police reports at: http://slcpd.com/resources/online-report. State when, where, what was taken.
– Speeding issues: http://slcpd.com/community-engagement/speedwatchslc/
Contact Det. Fallows at: Samuel.fallows@slcgov.com or 801-799-3625

Latest News About Miller Park (2/8/22)

Thanks to all Yalecrest residents who voted on the moratorium, left written comments, or signed-up for “Friends of Miller Park.” You can see in the images below that:

  • 92% favored a moratorium
  • Many left strongly-worded messages about the condition of the park
  • At least 68 “attended” the January 13 YNC meeting via ZOOM. (There were more than one person at each location.) 
  • Twenty-four want to join and create “Friends of Miller Park.”

We held a 75-minute meeting with two top aides in SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall’s office on February 1. Before speaking with the aides, we consulted more than a dozen conservationists who offered recommendations, which we shared with the city. We will have much more to say about the February 1 meeting, but for now can release this statement:

“We had a very productive meeting with city officials on February 1 about issues in Miller Park, including the moratorium. There was general consensus about acknowledging and addressing concerns raised by residents. We agreed to work cooperatively together toward concrete solutions with tangible, real results in 2022.”

92% of survey respondents favored a moratorium in Miller Park
At least 68 “attended” the January 13 YNC meeting via ZOOM
Many left strongly-worded messages about the condition of the park
So far 24 people want to join and create “Friends of Miller Park”
Join the new “Friends of Miller Park”

In the 1980s, Yalecrest formed the Miller Park Committee, a citizens oversight group. Based on comments as well as suggestions received from Yalecrest residents, the YNC wants to re-create the spirit of that early group and form the  “Friends of Miller Park.”  The committee would be charged with maintaining the historical and environmental integrity of Miller Bird Refuge and Nature Park. This will be accomplished through public awareness, occasional clean-up projects, bird watching, vegetation and tree plantings, and educational outings in the park.