Lots is happening in Kearns! Check back often for updates or information on new projects. Please contact your long range planner if you are interested in getting involved or learning more.
In 2020, Kearns adopted its first General Plan since incorporating as a municipality. One of the adopted General Plan goals was to "Create a Kearns Town Center to serve as a social gathering place and commercial hub". Implementation of this goal was selected as a priority for the Planning Commission and Council in 2023.
Kearns Metro Township is partnering with the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District, Salt Lake County Economic Development, and Kearns Community Council to lead a visioning effort for the Town Center area this year. Staff will be reaching out to the public, business owners, local organizations, and other partners in several ways to understand this area's opportunities and challenges and work towards future improvements. The study area includes land north and south of 5400 S from 4015 W to 4420 W.
Join our contact list! If you'd like to be notified of future events and engagement opportunities, please email Bianca Paulino, Long Range Planner (BiPaulino@msd.utah.gov).
4700 S Reconstruction Project
Kearns is working with West Valley City and UDOT to make improvements to 4700 S, from 4000 W to 5600 W. The project will replace ageing pavement, improve safety, and reduce traffic congestion. The reconstruction will add bike lanes along 4700 S, as well as new curb, gutter, and sidewalk that meets ADA requirements. Construction will continue through 2023. Learn more by visiting the 4700 S Project Website, or sign up for project updates by emailing 4700SReconstruct@gmail.com.
Project Hotline: 385-255-7772
Kearns ADU Ordinance Revision
On November 28th, 2022, Kearns adopted an amendment to its Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance. The amendment reduces required setbacks for existing accessory structures (such as garages) that are later converted to ADUs. The intent of the ordinance is to provide Kearns residents a reasonable opportunity to build accessory dwelling units, while protecting and preserving the public health, safety, and general welfare. The amendment supports the vision of Kearns' Moderate Income Housing Plan, and can be read by visiting the Utah Public Notice Website.
The MSD is continuing to assess ways to improve the ADU permitting process. We encourage residents in any MSD-served area to take the brief 2023 ADU Survey.
Comprehensive Code Re-write
On June 12th, 2023, the Kearns Council unanimously voted to adopt revisions to Titles 18 and 19 of the Municipal Code. These Titles set the standards for zoning and subdivisions in Kearns. The ordinances became effective on June 26th, 2023. For questions on municipal ordinances, please call the MSD Main Line: 385-468-6700, and select "Planning" from the call menu.