Parley's Canyon Mine Updates

update - april 6, 2022

At their meeting this afternoon, the Salt Lake County Council, after a public hearing, voted unanimously to adopt an amendment to Salt Lake County Ordinance Section 19.12.030 “to eliminate mineral extraction and processing as a conditional use and explicitly prohibiting the same in the Forestry and Recreation Zones; amending Section 19.72.190 to eliminate mineral extraction and processing as a use for which waivers can be granted; amending Section 19.760.030 regarding classification of permitted and conditional uses not listed in Title 19; and enacting related regulations”.

We appreciate this action by the County Council and the actions of the many residents who emailed, called or attended the meeting to show their support of this ordinance amendment.  

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The Salt Lake County Council agendas for Tuesday, April 5th have been posted.  There is an agenda item on both the Council Work Session Agenda and the Council Agenda related to an Ordinance Amendment of Section 19.12.030 of the Salt Lake County Code Related to Mineral Extraction and Processing in the Forestry and Recreation Zone.

The Work Session begins at 1:30pm and this item is shown as agenda item 3.10.

The Council Meeting begins at 4:00pm.  The public hearing on the ordinance change is item 5.1 followed by item 6.1, Council discussion.  It is noted that formal adoption may occur at the 4/12/2022 Council Meeting.

There is information on each agenda on how to access the meetings electronically as well as instructions for those wishing to comment electronically.  Comments may also be emailed by 10am on the day of the meeting.

You can read the Order Denying Requests For Issuance Of An Emergency Order that was filed on April 1st by the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining.

March 23, 2022

At the Division of Oil, Gas & Mining meeting on March 23, the Board voted to accept the withdrawal of the Small Mining (SMO) and Large Mining (LMO) applications by Tree Farm.  The Tree Farm attorneys indicated that they will be filing a new NOI for a Small Mining Application immediately.  

We believe that the Salt Lake County Council will be considering the county ordinance change that would preclude mineral extraction and processing as a conditional use in the Forestry and Recreation Zones at their meeting on April 5th.  The agenda for that meeting has not yet been posted.  We will forward it when it is available.

FEBRUARY 22, 2022

The Board of Oil, Gas and Mining will hold a public meeting Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 9:00 AM. The meeting will be conducted virtually. The meeting will be live streamed on the Department of Natural Resources YouTube channel. 

Click here for the link to the Briefing Session, and click here for a link for the Board Hearing.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

You can also view a letter sent by Mayor Silvestrini, Mayor Mendenhall, and Salt Lake City Council Chair Dan Dugan to the Salt Lake County Council on February 15, 2022 asking the Council to remove mining in the FCOZ through the proposed amendment. 

February 3, 2022

The Mountainous Planning District Planning Commission held a virtual public meeting on February 3, 2022 to consider the following ordinance amendment:

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE SALT LAKE COUNTY COUNCIL AMENDING SECTION 19.12.030 OF THE SALT LAKE COUNTY CODE TO ELIMINATE MINERAL EXTRACTION AND PROCESSING AS A CONDITIONAL USE AND EXPLICITLY PROHIBITING THE SAME AND OTHER RELATED USES IN THE FORESTRY AND RECREATION ZONES; AMENDING SECTION 19.72.190 TO ELIMINATE MINERAL EXTRACTION AND PROCESSING AS A USE FOR WHICH WAIVERS CAN BE GRANTED; AMENDING SECTION 19.76.030 REGARDING CLASSIFICATION OF PERMITTED AND CONDITIONAL USES NOT LISTED INITLE 19; AND ENACTING RELATED REGULATIONS”

You can view the agenda for the meeting here - 804539.pdf (utah.gov) or on the Utah Public Meetings Website here - Public Notice Website (utah.gov)

View the proposed ordinance amendment here - 802871.pdf (utah.gov)

January 11, 2022

January 10, 2022 was the date for filing of petitions to intervene in the small mine application proceeding. Millcreek’s filing, as well as what the Division of Oil Gas and Mining (DOGM) filed to support the denial of the small mine application, are below.  The next proceeding before the board of DOGM is on January 26. 

Millcreek Petition to Intervene (PDF) - January 10, 2022

DOGM Response in Opposition to Request for Agency Action (PDF)

Public meeting, december 21, 2021

You can view a recording of the public meeting held at Millcreek City Hall on Tuesday, December 21st on our Meeting Live Stream page.

Proposed Parleys Mine Map

Two significant developments have occurred which affect the application to create a second open pit limestone quarry in Parleys Canyon.

First, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining denied the small mine application for the quarry, (you can read the denial letter HERE) but indicated it will still process the large mine application filed concurrently by the applicant. There will be more opportunity for public input in the large mine application process and we will keep you posed as we learn more about that process and the timing.

Second, the Salt Lake County Council met December 10, 2021 in a special meeting to enact a Notice of Pending Ordinance, which functions as a moratorium on issuance of any Conditional Use Permit for a new mine until the County’s process for considering changing the zoning ordinance to eliminate new mines as a conditional use in the unincorporated county (read Salt Lake County's resolution HERE). This should also buy more time before this operation could be authorized. Please continue to check this page for the most current information.

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Read Mayor Silvestrini's previous message regarding the proposed limestone quarry in our December 3, 2021 electronic newsletter.

Salt Lake County Information

SLCo Mineral Extraction Meeting Notice
Mayor Wilson Quarry Statement