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Capital Improvement Program 101

Each budget year, money is set aside for the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The money is available for citywide community projects that improve public property. This includes streets and sidewalks, parks, and buildings. Projects have a service life of five or more years, and cost $50,000 or more.

The Council reviews the CIP plan during the annual budget process and approve the total amount of available funding. Over the summer, the Council further reviews and appropriates project-specific funding.

Keep scrolling for a summary of what happened during the 2019-20 Fiscal Year budget discussions.

Do you have a project idea that needs funding? Applications for CIP are accepted year-round online. Visit Community & Neighborhoods' website to apply.

Questions about the process or if your project qualifies for CIP funding? Contact Community & Neighborhoods Department staff at or 801-535-7712.

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Capital Improvement Program process timeline

Council approves funding for CIP projects

On Tuesday, the Council adopted the $34.5 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding allocations. Some funded projects include:

  • $3.4 million for improvements to Pioneer Park. Specific improvements to the park will be informed by public input over the next year.
  • $858,000 to fully-fund the partial restoration of the Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park. The project will address health and safety code issues that contributed to the fountain being closed.
  • $1.3 million to redevelop the Fisher Carriage House along the Jordan River into a nature center, Parks & Public Lands Division office space, and will host recreation programs such as kayak rentals.
  • $500,000 for McClelland Street improvements. These improvements would extend the McClelland Trail to Fairmont Park and the S-Line Streetcar. McClelland Street will be considered a shared street as it accommodates vehicles, bikes and pedestrians

See a summary of what projects received funding for this year or view the funding log for an overview of all project applications, descriptions, and funding source details.

August 6, 2019 Council discussion

On Tuesday, the Council reviewed all funding recommendations and identified several funding shifts.

The Council took preliminary votes (a.k.a. straw polls) to:

  • Not fund $1.5 million for new escalators at The Leonardo museum and wait for more information from the Administration about leasing the building to multiple tenants.
  • Repurpose $3.4 million for several improvements to Pioneer Park (including a potential public-private partnership) and look at funding replacement of a playground in the future.
  • Add funding for several projects including:
  1. $486,000 for a concessions stand and related improvements at Lindsay Gardens baseball fields.
  2. $500,000 for improvements to McClelland Street between 2100 South and Sugarmont Ave like pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements and pavement treatments.
  3. $285,066 for the first of two improvement phases at Wasatch Hollow including a new bridge, stairs, and two more pedestrian access points.
  4. $27,000 to fully fund a new dog park at Warm Springs Park.

Next steps: A follow-up discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 during the Council's 2 p.m. work session meeting. The Council is expected to vote on final CIP project funding that night at a 6:30 p.m. formal meeting.

July 16, 2019 Council discussion and public hearing

On Tuesday, the Council reviewed all funding recommendations from the resident Advisory Board and the Mayor for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects.

The Council identified several potential funding shifts from recommended projects to other projects, such as restorations to the historic Fisher Mansion and Carriage House, improvements to Pioneer Park and other downtown parks, a potential expanded park at the Three Creeks Confluence in the Jordan River, and the Seven Canyon Fountains Restoration Project at Liberty Park. Read the July 16 Council staff report.

The Council also held a public hearing to accept public comment regarding the recommended projects. Watch a video of the public hearing.

Next steps: A follow-up discussion on individual projects is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 during the Council's 2 p.m. work session meeting.

The Council is expected to approve CIP projects during a Special Formal meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m.

July 9, 2019 Council discussion and review of recommended CIP projects

During their work session meeting, the Council received an overview of the Mayor’s Recommended Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Book that includes proposed funding for capital projects. Discussion included a bond to be paid off in the next calendar year that would make $5.5 million available each fiscal year for other capital projects. Read the Council staff report.

Next steps: On July 16, the Council plans to review individual CIP projects during their 2 p.m. work session meeting followed by a 7 p.m. public hearing. Adoption is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 in a Special Limited Formal meeting at 6 p.m.

What happened during the budget process?

The Council approved $33,126,371 in total available funding to the Capital Improvement Program in June as part of the City's general fund budget. The funding was approved with the understanding that funding for individual CIP projects would be considered separately this summer. View the Council's budget story for an overview of this year's budget process.

June 4, 2019 Council CIP budget briefing

The Council reviewed overall trends in Capital Project investment and proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funding. Read the Council staff report.

Next steps: The Council expects to have follow-up discussions about these proposals in unresolved budget issues briefings in the coming weeks. Additionally, the Council will hold a second public hearing to accept comments on the FY2019-20 City budget on Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m.

At a glance: Mayor's Recommended Budget