Two-year plan tackles crime, drug trade in Rio Grande area

Leaders from nearly all levels of Utah government announced on Tuesday, Aug. 14 a two-year plan to tackle crime & other issues in the Rio Grande area of SLC.

Led by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and others, the multi-agency group pledged additional support to the City to help with the problems in that part of the downtown and beyond. A concerning increase in serious crime in the Rio Grande area prompted the three phase action plan.

More law enforcement personnel were immediately deployed to the area.  The three phase effort (phase graphic provided by Utah Governor’s Office) includes: restoring order, treatment, and job training. Other actions:

  • Additional jail beds were secured from 5 other counties: 30 plus immediately; 200 in the next 4 months
  • More social services sent to the Community Connection Center; more public defenders
  • Law enforcement is prepared to monitor and respond to criminal activity in other neighborhoods (spillover)
  • Announced a Community Forum on Tuesday, August 15th at 4:00pm at the former Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Gateway
  • The primary goal of operation: put the drug trade in check

What’s next in the storm clean up in SLC?

The City is still requesting people report damage to their homes or businesses from the July 26 storm.

The City has received more than 240 reports of damage from the severe weather. The storm resulted in more than two inches of rainfall in less than one hour during the early morning of the 26th. The torrential downpour was unprecedented in recent history; the National Weather Service called the storm a once in 200 years event

The City is working to gather enough data to justify federal participation through the Small Business Administration loan process. The first step was a Citywide Declaration of Emergency made shortly after the storm by the Mayor. Because even the SBA loan process has limitations on eligibility, the Council asked the Mayor’s Office to come back with options for how to assist those experiencing significant uninsured damage, and what those options might cost. In consultation with the Mayor’s Office, the Council Chair has scheduled a tentative follow-up discussion for September 5th.

Questions about volunteer help, clean up to public property, requests for bulky waste pickup, and more can be found by checking the contacts listed below.

Initial damage reports: 801-483-6700, choose option 1
Online assistance:


Homeless Resource Centers receive favorable recommendation from SLC Planning Commission

Zoning regulations for Homeless Resource Centers scheduled for Council public hearings

The City Council is asking for your input on a proposed zoning amendment involving standards for homeless resource centers.

Learn about the proposed standards, called qualifying provisions, at the City’s online forum, Open City Hall.  A briefing and then public hearings will be before Council in the coming months:

Work Session briefing: August 29 (time TBD)

Public Hearing #1: September 19, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Public Hearing #2: October 3, 7 p.m. at City Hall

Two homeless resource centers are being planned for Salt Lake City. This proposed ordinance would affect the conditions, or regulations for any Center in Salt Lake City.

The draft ordinance is available here. Are there additional standards the City should adopt to regulate homeless resource centers and homeless shelters?

In the meantime,  you also can attend any upcoming 7:00 p.m. formal meeting to address the full Council during the general comment period. Find out when the next formal meeting is here, or call 801-535-7600.   For questions, comments, and concerns please email Your input will be shared with the Mayor and Council Members.


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