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Nearly $20 Million in Improvements Being Planned for Upper Mill Creek Canyon, Public Feedback Sought at Nov. 9 Open House


November 03, 2021

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Salt Lake County received $15.3 million in funding, with a local match of $4.2 million required, through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) to make needed improvements to the upper 4.5 miles of Mill Creek Canyon Road between Big Water Trailhead and the Winter Gate.

An open house will be held from 4:30-9 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 with project information stations at Millcreek City Hall, 3330 S. 1300 East.

“We’re thrilled we’ve been able to obtain this huge investment for Mill Creek Canyon; it’s treasured by people all across Salt Lake County, and I urge residents to provide feedback on the thoughtful improvements proposed by our staff and partners,” Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson said.

Representatives from the Federal Highways Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division, the USDA Forest Service, and local project team members will be available to answer questions about these Mill Creek Canyon improvements from the public during the open house.

“The Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division has years of expertise designing and constructing similar roadways to provide access to public lands in scenic and challenging terrain,” Bekee Hotze, District Ranger for the Salt Lake Ranger District, said. “They will assist the project partners in improving access and safety in the Canyon, while preserving its natural and historical characteristics, so that public may continue to experience and enjoy National Forest System lands in Mill Creek Canyon.”

Improvements will prioritize safety and access through roadway, crosswalks, and parking area enhancements, as well as the enhancement of users’ recreational experience through improved signs and informational wayfinding.

Other improvements will also be completed that are not a part of the FLAP funding, including picnic area parking and trailheads.

“Mill Creek Canyon is our ‘back yard’ here in the City of Millcreek. We are excited to partner with Salt Lake County and the US Forest Service to provide much needed transportation improvements while maintaining the character of this beautiful recreational gem,” Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini said. “With our population booming, it is imperative that we address access and safety in the canyon. We are happy that we have the opportunity that this FLAP grant will provide to improve this special place.”

Public input provided between Nov. 9-Dec. 9, 2021, will be considered by the project partners during the initial design of the improvement project. Feedback can be submitted by completing a paper form at the open house on Nov. 9 or online at the project website https://slco.org/planning-transportation/millcreek-road-improvements/. 

PDF Handout: Upper Mill Creek Canyon Road Improvements Project Timeline & Scope of Work

For questions, email Jordan Carroll at jcarroll@slco.org.


Sandy Residents Needed to Apply for Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission


October 15, 2021

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The 11-person Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission currently has multiple vacancies, and we are seeking Sandy residents interested in the Wasatch mountains, and volunteering in their community, to apply.

The Mountainous Planning District aims to preserve the mountain environment and enhance the quality of living, and manage uses in the mountains for a geographic area of the Central Wasatch Mountains east of current city boundaries in the County, which includes Little Cottonwood Canyon (excluding Town of Alta), Big Cottonwood Canyon (excluding Town of Brighton), Mill Creek Canyon, and Parleys Canyon.

The Planning Commission meets monthly and makes recommendations to the Salt Lake County Council on general plans, zoning ordinances, and more.

Who is qualified? 

Applicants need to be full-time Salt Lake County residents. Residents with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, law, planning, real estate, land development, or transportation should apply, but experience in these areas is not required.

Terms last for three years.

How do I apply? 

Apply online at https://slco.org/get-involved/boards-and-commissions/ and search for "Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission"

Fill out a conflict of interest form at https://slco.org/get-involved/boards-and-commissions/

Email a resume of related experience to Jake Young or Wendy Gurr.


Salt Lake County to Require its Fleet to Only Fill Up with Tier 3 Gas to Reduce Air Pollution, Challenges Other Operations and Public to Follow


October 13, 2021

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Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced a new standard for government operations on Wednesday when she committed Salt Lake County to only purchase Tier 3 gas for the County’s fleet in yet another step to reduce air pollution and improve air quality in Salt Lake County.

Salt Lake County is the first entity of its kind in the State of Utah to require this from its fleet of vehicles operated by employees.

“Purchasing Tier 3 gas is a simple way to reduce emissions and contribute to improving our air quality,” Mayor Jenny Wilson said. “Air quality is a top priority in my administration, and we’re putting action behind that. We challenge all other entities, businesses, and residents to make this same commitment to only purchase Tier 3 gas moving forward.”

Vehicles operating with Tier 3 gas are known to significantly reduce harmful emissions by as much as 80% if they were made after 2017 with Tier 3 efficiency standards, and by 13% per week if the vehicles are older, due to EPA regulations in Tier 3 gas that minimize the sulfur content.

Many in the public might not be aware that Tier 3 gas is an easy way to contribute to improving our air quality, an issue that consistently ranks among Utahns’ top concerns. These reductions in vehicle emissions, the largest contributing source to the region’s total emissions, can make a critical impact in reducing ozone and particulate pollution.

“Having cleaner, lower-sulfur Tier 3 gasoline available in Utah is an important part of the long-term strategy for reducing air pollution,” said Ashley Miller, Breathe Utah Executive Director. “We applaud Salt Lake County for leading out on best practices for fleet vehicles and hope others will soon follow.”

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While several gas station retailers across Utah purchase from refineries that have made the switch to producing Tier 3 gas, not all refineries have embraced this EPA standard, which is why it’s important for consumers to know which gas station retailers consistently provide Tier 3 gas, regardless of the grade. Shell, Speedway, Sinclair, Exxon, Chevron, and Texaco provide Tier 3 gas at all their pump locations. Other retailers might differ in the type of gas available based on location at any given time.

To make it easier to identify where to fill up with Tier 3 gas near you, Rep. Suzanne Harrison spearheaded the innovative creation of a website and map for residents to use that was launched in 2020.

“At times our air quality issues can seem insurmountable,” said Rep. Suzanne Harrison, “But doing your part to clean our air can be as simple as changing where you fill up your car. Tier3Gas.org lists the stations near you that stock low-sulfur gas, which dramatically reduces particulate pollution. It’s a simple way to protect our air and our health.”

To identify stations near your home and work, visit https://tier3gas.org.

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