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Salt Lake County Regional Development News

Public Comment on Initial Upper Mill Creek Canyon Road Improvement Plans Open Thru Dec. 9, 2021

November 09, 2021

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Salt Lake County and its partners shared more proposed details in a Nov. 9 open house on the scope of work suggested for the Upper Mill Creek Canyon Road Improvements Project announced on Nov. 3.

The scope of the project includes roadway improvements between Big Water Trailhead and Winter Gate, a total of 4.5 miles.

The project total is estimated to cost $19.6 million, with $15.3 awarded from a Federal Lands Access Program grant. FLAP improves transportation facilities providing access to, near, or within federal lands. Much of the lands east of Salt Lake Valley are managed by the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

The public can view details of the proposed project scope on Salt Lake County's website and submit comments there if you were unable to attend the open house in person.

For questions, email

To submit comments, visit

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 

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

For questions, email Jordan Carroll at

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 and search for "Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission"

Fill out a conflict of interest form at

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