City Council Recap


April 12, 2023 | General Meeting


  • 5-0 approving the Mountainview Plaza master development agreement
  • 5-0 approving an updated City policy for public infrastructure districts
  • 4-1 approving an amendment to the Olympia master development agreement
  • 5-0 approving changes to the City's fees
  • 5-0 approving updated cemetery rules and regulations
  • 5-0 approving the Consent Agenda, which includes the following:
    • February 2023 monthly financial summary
    • Abandon/vacate temporary detention basin easement in Creek Ridge Estates subdivision
    • Abandon/vacate a slope easement at 5077 W 12560 S
    • Rose Creek Trail Connector project contract
    • Agreements to accept up to $800,000 from Salt Lake County for a Midas Creek Trail extension project, and up to $420,000 for the Juniper Canyon trailhead project
    • 2023 Arbor Day proclamation
    • January 25th, March 8th City Council meeting minutes
    • Opioid participation and settlement agreement 

General Meeting

City Council recognitions

  • The Council formally recognized:
    • Mountain Ridge High School's hockey team, who won the state title in only the team's third season. The team finished 16-6-1, but only had one loss since November 21. Every player scored at least once and had at least one assist.
    • Cardston Richey, who received an Outstanding Youth Award in Las Vegas from PlatinumGoal. Cardston excels in mathematics, is an avid reader, serves as a Candy Bomber Youth, and volunteers in the Arbor Day Foundation. Recently in St. George, he worked on a project to give blankets, bedding materials, and clothing to those in need.
  • The Council also thanked the City's staff for the recent Basket Dash event on April 1.

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City Council board and committee reports

  • Councilmember Hodges, representing the South Valley Sewer District board, noted the district recently confirmed they will be able to serve all areas that could be built out in the future in their anticipated annexation areas.
  • Councilmember Ohrn, representing the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District board, said this has been a really positive start to the water year this winter and we're grateful for the snowpack. She said it gets us roughly only halfway to ending the drought conditions. There will be localized areas of flooding, which is a downside to the plentiful water, but the heavy winter is overall a very good thing for the health of the state's water supply. Water conservation is still vital.
  • Councilmember Shields, representing the South S.L. Valley Mosquito Abatement District board, said the district is anticipating heavy mosquito activity this year. Residents are encouraged to keep an eye on any areas of standing water on their property and find a way to move the water along.
  • Councilmember Shields, representing the Association of Municipal Councils, noted a recent meeting to recap the legislative session and forecast upcoming bills.
  • Mayor Palmer noted recent funding approvals for widening 13400 South between 6000 West and 6400 West as well as finishing a bike line on Rosecrest Road from 13400 South to Mountain View Corridor.

Cemetery ordinance

The City is updating the pricing and policy for the cemetery. The reason for the updated pricing is to ensure the City fully covers its maintenance costs.

Mountain View Plaza master development agreement (MDA)

A developer has been working with the City Council on an agreement for commercial property adjacent to the Auto Mall. It will include multiple buildings that can host retail, restaurants, office space, and entertainment. The Council approved the master development agreement.

City PID policy amendment

The City's public infrastructure district (PID) policy restricts PIDs to the Auto Mall and Olympia, and therefore, PIDs are not currently allowed anywhere else. The Council voted to amend the policy to allow applications for other PIDs under the condition that the City gets more project information up front, including projected costs, and that future property owners receive notice that the area is under a PID. The Council still has authority to approve or deny PIDs within city limits. Some concerns were expressed that the City may be rushing the decision without certainty of PIDs' effectiveness. Other positions noted that PIDs reduce the burden on public finances for installation of infrastructure.

Olympia master development agreement amendment (MDA)

The Council voted to update four provisions in the Olympia MDA, which are:

  • Exempting the Jordan School District from needing to agree with changes to the MDA that don't affect the school district
  • Reducing the amount of the 12600 South/U-111 intersection (from 50% to 25%) that triggers a minimum requirement for commercial space in the area.
    • (Background: the final alignment of the intersection is still pending a State decision. Previously, if two of the four corners of the intersection were to land inside of Olympia, then the developer would be required to develop a significant area of commercial space. Now, only one of the four corners needs to be in Olympia to require the commercial space).
  • In addition to a one-time contract fee as originally allowed in the MDA to pay back the Public Infrastructure Districts' financing, now also allowing other forms of payment as allowed by the PID governing documents (which are approved by the City Council)
  • Removing secondary water requirements
    • The consenting positions were that the cost to the City to provide secondary water to Olympia was too high when compared to the benefit and that the lower cost of secondary water itself could increase water usage when the state is instead focused on conserving water. The dissenting concern expressed was about abandoning secondary water plans and requirements within a large development without more analysis on how it affects other areas of the city.


Work Meeting

Public infrastructure district (PID) discussion

A representative from Zions Public Finance gave a presentation to the Council public financing for public infrastructure, including pros and cons and mechanisms. This presentation was informational and was followed by a brief discussion by the Council about different types of taxes and benefits versus drawbacks.

City Council education subcommittee

The Council discussed forming an education subcommittee to more frequently and formally coordinate with the Jordan School District, charter schools, and Salt Lake Community College. Councilmembers Ohrn and Hodges volunteered to be on the committee.

Curb and gutter exception area

An area near 6000 West and Main Street is exempt from curb and gutter requirements. On one road, the City has a large right-of-way in which only a relatively small part is actively used for a road. A resident requested the City look into vacating the excess property and selling it to residents.


Meeting video

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