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

Posted By Regional Development
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.