Salt Lake City Neighbors Fuming Over Teardown Ban

The Yalecrest neighborhood of Salt Lake City has been designated an historic district, and local property owners are up in arms over what they see as a taking of property rights.

For local Pete Williams, the ban on teardowns is personal.

Willams says in The Deseret News that "the city's proposal for historic preservation is "using a jackhammer to do dental work."

"You can accomplish what they want to accomplish without a historic district," he said. "We want preservation, but we also believe people have property rights.""

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The City Council passed a temporary zoning ordinance that treats the area as if it was subject to the rules of a local historic district, but that ordinance expires after six months.

The Council is considering a permanent ordinance but has not decided on that yet.

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