ECMetro Township Council

Mayor Joe Smolka   

Jennifer Hawkes     

David Brems             

Catherine Harris    

Gary Bowen        


5025 E. Emigration Canyon Road

Salt Lake City, UT 84108




Meeting Schedule

*We meet the fourth Thursday of the Month. 

*Meeting dates and times may occasionally be reschedule due to conflicts.  Please check the calendar for any updates. 

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April 2, 2020

Emigration Canyon Residents,


We are facing challenging times at the moment, with a worldwide health crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetime, leading to economic upheaval, financial instability, and widespread anxiety.


Yet there is also medical and scientific research taking place, much of it providing hope for therapies and vaccines for COVID-19. People have come together in inspiring and overwhelming displays of generosity and compassion - here in Utah, in the United States, and around the world. The human spirit is flourishing!


We want to update you on state, county, and local government information as it affects Emigration Canyon. We also want to inform you of changes to our public meetings that will allow for the physical distancing which is necessary to protect everyone's health at this time.


Friday, March 27th, Governor Herbert issued a statewide "Stay Safe, Stay Home" directive aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson issued a public health order through the Salt Lake County Board of Health effective Monday March 30th, which further outline mandatory requirements. This includes a "stay at home" order for all residents, with the exception of "essential activities". This public health order does apply to Canyon residents through the Salt Lake County Board of Heath.


The full text the Governor Herbert's directive and Mayor Wilson's Public Health Order can be found below, as well as simplified guidelines for both statements.


Your Emigration Canyon Metro Township Council supports these recent actions, and asks that all Canyon residents do their best to adhere to the guidelines. They are critical to the effort needed to protect our citizens, and ensure that adequate health care is available to anyone who needs services, whether it be due to disease from COVID-19 or another health concern.


Township council members have been involved in the decision making process at the local, county, and state level. We will continue our involvement in this planning that will allow Utah to meet the challenge presented by this disease, including accompanying difficulties caused by economic uncertainty.


The township council meetings have traditionally been open to the public. In March, due to COVID-19 concerns, our regularly scheduled meeting was canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the abrupt cancellation of our meeting.


Going forward, until such time as the Fire Station is available again, meetings for the Metro Township Council will be held at the regularly scheduled time, which is 7 PM on the 4th Thursday of each month. They will be held in a virtual format, and will be available to all who wish to attend. Information on how to receive an invitation, which will allow you to participate via video or audio link, will be posted soon.


Please know that all normal government services will still be provided, including fire, police, and public safety services as well as waste and recycling pickup. Services such as building permits and inspections, vehicle registrations and driver's licenses, and professional licensing, assessor and auditor services are still available through the Salt Lake County offices. However, there are changes you should be aware of. The County headquarters building at 2100 S. State St. is not currently open to the public, and all services are being offered online, or over the phone. More information is available at:


At this time, no one can predict with certainty how long public health measures will be needed, nor the degree of hardship that we may face in the coming weeks and months. However, we can say with certainty that all the people involved in making Emigration Canyon a wonderful place to live will continue doing their best to ensure that essential services are provided, and that the needs of every Canyon resident are met. This includes not only your Emigration Metro Township Council, but also the Emigration Canyon Community Council, members and staff of the Emigration Improvement District, as well as many others who volunteer time to community and homeowner's association organizations.


Please, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay home as much as possible!


Mayor Joe Smolka   (

Deputy Mayor Jennifer Hawkes (

Council Member Gary Bowen (

Council Member David Brems (

Council Member Catherine (Rin) Harris (


Governor Herbert “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive, March 27, 2020


Mayor Wilson Salt Lake County Public Health Order, March 29, 2020


Center for Disease Control - Coronavirus Website


State of Utah Coronavirus Website:




 The Emigration Canyon Metro Township is a Utah municipality. As such it is a governmental entity with general police powers.  It can, within its jurisdiction, create and enforce laws; and it has limited taxing power.  It was created by a vote of the residents of Emigration Canyon in 2015.  The Township is governed by an elected council consisting of five members, one of whom is selected by the others to be the chair/mayor.  The Council is the legislative body of the Township.  The chair/mayor is the chief executive officer of the Township.


 The Township has all of the municipal powers available to Utah municipalities under the Utah Municipal Code with the exception of certain taxing powers.  It does not have the power to enact a property tax or a municipal energy taxes (sometimes called franchise taxes).


 The Township council has the authority to enact laws and ordinances to carry out its responsibilities such as land use and development regulations (zoning). As long as these laws are not inconsistent with the Utah Municipal Code and other state statutes. 


The Township is a member of the Greater Salt Lake County Municipal Services District. This District provides six municipal type services to the residents of the Township. The Township is also participating member of the Unified Police Department and the Unified Fire Authority located in Salt Lake County.




The Emigration Canyon Planning Commission is a board created and appointed by the Emigration Canyon Metro Township Council. The Township is required by state law have an ordinance establishing a planning commission. The ordinance defines the number and terms of the members, and alternate members, if any, and the mode of appointment.  The ordinance also establishes rules of order and procedure for use by the planning commission and the procedures for filling vacancies and removal from office. The Metro Township Council has the power to amend and change this ordinance from time to time as it feels is in the best interest of the Township.


The ordinance also details the authority of the Planning /Commission.  Not all planning commissions in Utah will have the same power and authority. The Utah State law requires the Planning Commission to have some minimal duties and authority.  These duties include making a recommendation to the Township Council for adoption and amendment of the general plan and making recommendations to the Township Council on the adoption or amendment of land use regulations, zoning maps, or official maps.  No other powers or duties are required to be given to the Planning Commission by the Metro Township Council. The planning commission does not have any other inherent powers. 


The Planning Commissions is not a policy making body.  It recommends policy to the policy makers.  The requirement of state law is that the planning commission is to be involved in making recommendations to the Metro Township Council regarding certain land use regulations.  If the Metro Township Council does not accept the recommendations, there is nothing the planning commission can do.  The state code specifically provides that the Council can adopt a recommended ordinance, reject it, or revise it. 


The ordinance and code adopted by the Township Council has given the Township Planning Commission a role as the Land Use Authority for the Township in some land use matters such as the granting or denial of conditional use permits.  A Land Use Authority is the individual or body that makes the decision as to whether or not a permit or approval is given to a land use applicant. When the Planning Commission is acting as the Land Use Authority it must follow and implement the Township code, ordinances and state law.  It is acting in an administrative role.  Administrative functions are usually not discretionary.  Utah law specifically provides that a land use applicant is entitled to approval of his or her application if the application conforms to the local law and if all fees have been paid.   

You must register in order to be notified by CodeRED for emergencies such as: evacuations, road closures, water shut offs or weather warnings.  

CodeRED is geographical based and allows officials to alert Canyon residents based on their location with a pre-recorded message about a specific situation and give any action necessary.  This system is able to notify of:  emergencies, road closures, water shut offs, and any other incident where notification is essential for the  safety of lives.  Notifications are delivered through a high-speed telephone calling system and could include a voice file, text, email or TDD message. 

It is recommended to complete registration by a laptop or desktop computer and setting up a managed account that will allow you to make changes to your account in the future. 

An opt-in feature includes notifications of weather warnings from the National Weather Service.  You will need to add this as an option when registering.  


Your  information remains private and will only be used for CodeRED communication.   


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