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Salt Lake County Releases Draft of West General Plan for Unincorporated Areas


January 10, 2022

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Salt Lake County released a draft of the West General Plan for unincorporated areas of the County for residents to read and provide comments.

General Plans, required by Utah State Code for counties and cities, are comprehensive and long-range. They are non-binding and flexible. They must include vision and strategies for future desired conditions of:
  • Land use
  • Transportation
  • Housing
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This draft of the West General Plan is a result of multiple meetings with stakeholders, the public, resident surveys that fielded thousands of responses, community open houses, and more. The final adopted plan will inform future decisions by Salt Lake County Council and Planning Commission, Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), private landowners, and others.

What's in the Plan?

The Plan establishes a vision, and proposes multiple goals and strategies for these critical issues:

  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Environment & Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Parks, Trails, and Recreation
  • Economy
  • Utilities & Public Safety

For example, the Environment & Conservation Vision states, "Preservation of lands and functioning ecosystems in the Oquirrh Mountains, Traverse Mountains, and the Great Salt Lake and its wetlands are prioritized. Community and industrial development respects the character and features of the natural landscapes. The County, landowners, and developers work together to minimize impacts on water quality, air quality, and natural habitats." 

Some broad Environment & Conservation strategies in the draft Plan suggest:

  • Seek funding to restore waterbody funding
  • Maintain needed water levels in the Great Salt Lake
  • Develop a conservation plan for the Oquirrhs
  • Manage invasive weeds
  • Support protection of cultural sites
  • Support implementation of a County Integrated Watershed Plan
  • Support groundwater conservation
  • Communicate with mining companies on reclamation

Chapter 1 is a summary of all of these issues and the entire Plan. Following chapters in the document provide more in-depth detail, maps, and resources.

The draft of the West General Plan, along with other resources and documents, can be found at https://slco.org/west-plan/.

How to Provide Feedback

The current draft reflects changes from the consideration of thousands of comments given in surveys from 2019-2021. The public and stakeholders can provide additional comments on this draft in one of two ways.

  1. Submit a written comment online prior to the Public Hearing at https://slco.org/west-plan
  2. Attend the virtual Salt Lake County Planning Commission meeting and Public Hearing at 8:30 a.m. January 19, 2022. This information is available at the Utah Public Notice website.
    • Verbal comments of three minutes or less can be given during the meeting by joining the live broadcast via WebEx.
    • WebEx Meeting number (access code): 961 841 420
    • Join by Phone:
      +1-213-306-3065 United States Toll (Los Angeles)
      +1-602-666-0783 United States Toll (Phoenix)
      Access code: 961 841 420
    • If you need special accommodation, please contact Wendy Gurr at wgurr@msd.utah.gov or (385) 468-6707 three days prior to the Public Hearing on Jan. 19.

We're Seeking Salt Lake County Residents for these 4 Commissions & Councils Critical to our Community


January 04, 2022

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There are a number of opportunities to volunteer in the community. Right now, we're in great need of applicants for the following commissions and councils:

  • Salt Lake County Planning Commission
  • Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission
  • Community and Economic Development Advisory Council
  • Community and Support Services Advisory Council

What do these bodies do? And how do you know which might fit your skills and needs best?

Salt Lake County Planning Commission

The Planning Commission meets monthly and makes recommendations to the County Council on general plans, zoning ordinances, and more. Check out past meeting agendas for an idea of what it's currently been reviewing.

Applicants need to be full-time Salt Lake County residents and ideally have a background in:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Great Salt Lake & its wetlands
  • Land development
  • Transportation

How to Apply

  1. Visit https://slco.org/boards and find "Salt Lake County Planning Commission". Click on it and then click "Apply". 
  2. Fill out a conflict of interest form.
  3. Email your resume of related experience to Wendy Gurr or Jake Young.

Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission

This differs from the County Planning Commission because the Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission focuses on recommending policies to preserve our mountain environment, enhance quality of life, and manage uses in the mountains. 

We're seeking applicants from Sandy, Salt Lake City, Alta or Brighton, and alternates. It also meets monthly.

Like the County Planning Commission, applicants ideally have a background in:

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Planning
  • Real estate
  • Great Salt Lake & its wetlands
  • Land development
  • Transportation

How to Apply

  1. Apply online at https://slco.org/boards by finding "Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission". Click, then find "Apply" and click again.
  2. Fill out a conflict of interest form.
  3. Email a resume of experience to Jake Young.

Community and Economic Development Advisory Council

This Council provides a critical public service by making critical  recommendations on grants to give to community organizations providing programs, funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program.

Council efforts include:

  • Increasing affordable housing inventory for all Salt Lake County residents
  • Reviewing applications from municipalities and nonprofits in weekly meetings
  • Recommending grants to help expand affordable housing, housing rehabilitation, economic development, and more.

Volunteers serve for two years and meet weekly from February-April. We're seeking seven new members.

How to Apply

Apply at https://slco.org/boards by finding "Community and Economic Service Advisory Council (CEDAC)" and click. Then find the "Apply" button and click again to start an application.

Community and Support Services Advisory Council

This Council differs from CEDAC in that it focuses on a variety of grants and funding sources for support services. Council members:

  • Ensure affordable housing and housing stability of all Salt Lake County residents
  • Review applications for grants to agencies that provide social services, via weekly meetings
  • Recommend grants to help domestic violence, homeless prevention, refugee resettlement, and more

The Council meets weekly, generally from just February-April each year. There are currently five vacancies that need to be filled.

How to Apply

Visit https://slco.org/boards and search for "Community and Support Services Advisory Council (CSSAC)" and click on it. Then, find the "Apply" button to begin an application.

Aly Escobar Joins Salt Lake County's Economic Development Team


December 21, 2021

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WELCOME ALY ESCOBAR Salt Lake County Economic Development Coordinator SALT LAKE

Salt Lake County's Department of Economic Development is excited to introduce its newest team member: Aly Escobar.

Aly will focus on economic inclusion programs developed at the County and building relationships with community partners in her position as an economic development coordinator at Salt Lake County.

"I'm excited to join Salt Lake County because I believe my abilities can create a meaningful impact on communities that are usually underrepresented," Aly said.

She graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in political science in 2017. Aly has gained experience at Herriman City doing work as a legislative liaison, as well at the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission.

When she's not working, Aly likes to travel abroad with her family.

Aly joins the Economic Development team comprised of Director Jevon Gibb; Kersten Swinyard, Senior Economic Development Manger; Brooke Shankland, Economic Development Manager; and coordinator Jayla Lundstrom.

You can reach out and contact Aly at aescobar@slco.org or by calling 385-468-4867.


Meet Jayla Lundstrom, Salt Lake County's New Economic Development Coordinator


December 13, 2021

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WELCOME JAYLA LUNDSTROM Salt Lake County's new Economic Development Coordinator SALT LAKE

Salt Lake County Economic Development is excited to welcome its newest staff member — Jayla Lundstrom.

Jayla will be working as the Business Economic Development Coordinator, assisting with the economic opportunity and development finance portfolios.

"I'm excited to have a full team, especially with rockstars like Jayla onboard," Jevon Gibb, Economic Development Director, said.

She graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 during which she worked extensively with the Sorenson Impact Center.

"Through that work, I became passionate about equity, sustainability, and building diverse and thriving communities," Jayla said.

Following her receiving her degree, Jayla worked in Washington, D.C. and Alaska where she focused on immigration policy and community climate resilience.

Jayla is thrilled to be back in Utah to join Salt Lake County. She looks forward to working with, and learning from, community members and partner organizations.

Want to connect? Reach out to Jayla by email at jlundstrom@slco.org or call 385-468-4873.