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Definition Of Open Space

As defined by the Salt Lake County Open Land Trust Fund Advisory Committee, is a parcel of land in a predominantly open and undeveloped condition that is suitable for any of the following:

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  • Natural areas
  • Wildlife and native plant habitat
  • Important wetlands or watershed lands
  • Stream corridors
  • Passive, low-impact activities
  • Little or no land disturbance
  • Historic and non-motorized trails

Open space lands may be preserved, enhanced and restored in order to maintain or improve the natural, scenic, ecological, cultural, hydrological, or geological values of the property. The location of Open Space lands, as supported by the functions of the Open Land Trust Fund Advisory Committee, shall be located in Salt Lake County. Only a small portion therein may extend into another contiguous county. As characterized above, the term "undeveloped" does not include manmade structures of historical significance.

Threshold Criteria

Each project must meet the following criteria in order to be considered:

  • The majority of the project in Salt Lake County
  • The landowner is willing to enter into good faith negotiations with the County
  • The project has open space conservation values
  • Project funds are for a fee title purchase or conservation easement only
  • The appropriate title and ownership appear to be free of obvious problems

Project Selection Criteria

The Trust Fund committee considers a wide range of values, public benefits, and location when making recommendations. The Committee is striving to develop a diverse portfolio of critical lands for the public and future generations. The committee considers:

  • Cost: the terms of the acquisition will allow the County to maximize its assets and leverage the Trust Fund through landowner donations, discounts, funding partnerships, and donations
  • Community benefit: the project will be beneficial to local communities and the County at large
  • Conservation: the project protects wildlife and their habitats, and protects the ecological health and function of County lands
  • Human renewal: projects have scenic and aesthetic values and provide respite, renewal, and solitude
  • Connectivity: the project will add to the existing or planned open space system and enhance ecological, hydrological, and recreational vitality
  • Stewardship: the project will be protected in perpetuity and its open space conservation values will be preserved through good management and enforcement
  • Feasibility: the project is for land that is largely or entirely in an undisturbed and natural state and will be maintained as such