Michael Brandy, Deseret News
Avenues resident Nick Reese listens during a discussion by the Greater Avenues Community Council.

The Greater Avenues Community Council plans to meet with Mayor Ralph Becker before deciding whether to take a vote of no confidence in Salt Lake City's planning and building services divisions, as well as the city attorney's office.

A July 11 meeting has been scheduled between Becker and members of the council to address community concerns over the alleged inconsistency and lack of transparency in the city's planning and land-use decisions.

About 100 Greater Avenues residents met Wednesday night at the Corinne and Jack Sweet Branch Library to discuss a possible vote of no confidence to serve as a formal complaint about what they say are ongoing problems at City Hall.

"It's our contention that (the city's planning division) and planners, as public servants, represent the public, that the applicant is not their only customer," said Wayne Green, community council chairman.

If the community council decides to proceed with a vote of no confidence, it would happen at its Aug. 6 meeting.

The council criticized the city in its July newsletter to residents, saying planning and land-use decisions are becoming "less and less public." It also accuses city employees of making "back-room and one-sided interpretations of the law."

Council members have said they expected Becker to make more progress toward correcting problems in the planning division in his first six months in office.

Becker promised during his campaign to retool the planning division to address residents' frustrations over customer service and planning procedures, and to restore the public's confidence in the division.