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Salt Lake County Regional Development News

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.

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. 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

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Salt Lake County Names Helen Peters as New Regional Planning & Transportation Director

October 04, 2021

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Helen Peters, Salt Lake County's Regional Transportation Program Manager, was recently appointed Regional Planning & Transportation Director.

Helen has worked with Salt Lake County for more than four years on managing the County's transportation portfolio and collaborating with regional partners and governmental entities to provide expertise on transportation, land use, and funding. She’s highly regarded for her deep knowledge and technical skills in these areas that are critical to maintaining residents’ quality of life.

“I see all my work in transportation as a way of serving the question of, 'How do you give people from all backgrounds equitable access to opportunity?'” Helen Peters said.

In her new role, she will focus on how Salt Lake County can prioritize sustainable regional growth and continue to coordinate with partners and agencies to lead Salt Lake County’s efforts to implement the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision; coordinate countywide input and implementation of the Wasatch Front Regional Transportation Plan; and manage the Planning and Transportation Advisory Committee; as well as collaborate with Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), and Utah Transportation Authority (UTA).

"She brings an appreciation for the distinct differences between local and regional planning and transportation, as well as a recognition that collaboration with municipal partners is critical to a strong region," Dina Blaes, Director of the Office of Regional Development, said.

Regional Planning & Transportation is currently actively involved in the Millcreek Canyon Federal Land Access Program grant; crafting the West General Plan; and facilitating regional solutions discussions about housing and planning, among other responsibilities.

“Our collaboration with public officials and regional partners helps us to create a vibrant Salt Lake County,” Helen said. “There are always challenges to rapid growth, but the Regional Planning & Transportation platform allows us to serve residents by contributing to communities of opportunities.”

Prior to working at the County, Helen was a transportation and policy planner at J-U-B Engineers and Parametrix. Outside all things transportation and planning, Helen enjoys live theatre and chocolate.


Phone: 385-468-4860