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Stuff Happening This Week on Your Behalf

South Jordan to Forgive Sales Tax to Auto Dealer; SLC Planning Commission Hears from Developers


Whether you know it or not, most public boards, commissions, councils, etc., meet every single week to discuss the people’s business.

All of these meetings are listed in once convenient place on the state's website. But just in case you don’t have time to peruse them all, here is a brief highlight of what could be done on your behalf in the next couple of days.

South Jordan City Council
City leaders in South Jordan are looking to join hands with Tim Dahle Nissan to form an interlocal agency called the Tim Dahle Nissan Community Development Project Area Plan. Working through the city’s redevelopment agency, the auto dealer—working with hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives from the city—will develop a seven-acre parcel just west of Interstate 15 just south of 11000 South and east of Jordan Gateway Rd.

For the first 12 years of the auto dealership’s life, it will be forgiven up to $60,000 per year in point of sale sales taxes, known as POST. Over the life of the agreement, no more than $500,000 can be withheld from the city, the agreement states. According to the agreement, the development, and the city’s involvement in it, is necessary to expand the city’s tax base and provide jobs.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m. in council chambers south at city hall, 1600 W. Towne Hall Center Dr.

Salt Lake County
Salt Lake County’s Open Space Trust Fund is hosting an urban farming open house. Little information about the event was posted online, but it says anyone interested in farming and gardening should attend.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the South Atrium of the county building at 2001 S. State St.

Salt Lake City Planning Commission
The skeletal bodies of cranes dotting the Salt Lake skyline mean only one thing: development. And planning commissioners this week will consider requests from seven developers on matters such as whether they can receive zoning exemptions on setback requirements (how close a building can be built to the sidewalk) and building heights and how much of a lot a structure can consume.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. in room 326 at the City & County Building, 451 S. State St.

Governor’s Office of Economic Development
The GOED board, made up local businessman and woman, gives out hundreds of millions of dollars in corporate tax incentives each year to lure businesses to Utah. In the past, it has granted corporate tax breaks to Adobe and Goldman Sachs. The board meets monthly, though at this point in time, no agenda has been listed on its website. Don’t let the lack of details deter you. Millions of dollars of what could have been corporate income taxes paid to the state will go back to the corporation so long as they provide the jobs they promise.

This board also grants incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot their blockbusters in Zion. So if you want to hear what films will are coming down the pipeline, this is the place to be.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to noon at 60 E. South Temple, third floor