Landon Clark appointed chair of SHCC
By Aspen Perry | firstname.lastname@example.org
After serving as the Dilworth trustee for over a year, the Sugar House Community Council (SHCC) appointed Landon Clark as the new council chair in October.
Clark has spent the majority of his life in Salt Lake. He grew up in North Salt Lake and graduated from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife spent only a few years in Rochester, Minn. to attend school. Returning to Utah they settled in Sugar House 14 years ago and consider themselves Sugar House “lifers”.
Clark learned of the Dilworth trustee spot being available a year and a half ago during a community council meeting at his children’s school.
“I was immediately interested… I think it is very important to take an active role in your community,” said Clark.
In addition to sitting on the SHCC, Clark is the chair of the Dilworth Elementary School Community Council.
“I like understanding and being part of the community planning process,” said Clark.
Given the growth of Sugar House residents and businesses, there is never a dull moment.
“The influx of people into Sugar House brings some headaches, like traffic and parking, but the restaurant options, new businesses, and bustling downtown are really cool. I like walking up 2100 South and seeing all the restaurants busy on a weekday night,” Clark said.
On average the council reviews two to three building proposals a month. In October the Land, Use, and Zoning (LUZ) sub-committee of SHCC approved the Dixon Medical Office and Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel.
In November, LUZ reviewed the 21st and 21st Master Plan, as well Harmon’s seeking approval for a fuel center at their Brickyard location. Both of which will be presented to SHCC in December. SHCC is also reviewing and collecting community feedback regarding the McClelland Trail project conducted by SLC Transportation.
“Busy times in Sugar House,” Clark said.
Regardless of the issues being brought to the table, Sugar House Community Council members are committed to ensuring residents are involved in Sugar House happenings. In addition, they are the voice of residents when discussing issues or planning with any government or private organization that will directly affect the Sugar House community.
Bryce Williams, second vice chair, and Beacon Heights trustee, believes Clark is well suited for fulfilling SHCC’s mission and encouraging community participation.
“I believe Landon will empower members of the community to bring their ideas to the table. He is considerate of the voices of our neighbors and works diligently to include as many view points as possible... [he] doesn’t jump to conclusions without hearing the whole story,” Williams said.
In addition to Williams’ belief that Clark will empower the community, he appreciated how approachable Clark is and, on a fun note, their shared appreciation for University of Utah athletics.
Third vice chair, and Westminster trustee, Amy Barry also looks forward to the contribution Clark will bring as SHCC chair.
“Landon is enthusiastic about our community [and] always has inquisitive questions. Landon brings a fresh perspective to his new position as chair… [and] is continually ready to learn more and be a more effective leader for Sugar House,” Barry said.
Clark encourages residents to visit the SHCC website at sugarhousecouncil.org to find out about community happenings, as well as to provide feedback to the council.
“For the majority of problems and opportunities, I believe a committed community council can really make a difference,” said Clark.
SHCC meets the first Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Sprague Library and welcomes all who wish to participate.