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Welcome to Rumor Stop for Eagle Mountain City. This page is designed to address rumors residents have heard about the community and the City government. Please review the rumors that have already been addressed for answers to your questions. If there is a rumor not already addressed on this page, you can request an answer by filling out some basic information in the “Share a Rumor” section of this page.

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*NEW* Rumor: What are the rules on chickens at houses in subdivisions in Eagle Mountain?

Fact: It is not against Eagle Mountain City code to have chickens or roosters in a residential area.

Rumor: Recycling just goes to the landfill and isn’t actually separated.

Fact: Eagle Mountain City contracts with Ace Recycling and Disposal for the collection of our recycling. They deliver 100% of the recycling material to a recycling facility.

Rumor: I saw a post about an Eagle Mountain rec center being completed in 2024 and the groundbreaking just happening. Is that true?

Fact: This post was the result of an April Fool’s joke. Eagle Mountain City can confirm no such plans are in the works. Currently there is no firm timeline for the construction of a recreation center. Recreation centers are very costly facilities and in general are not fiscally self-sufficient. However, Eagle Mountain City staff are working to identify funding strategies that will allow us to build a quality recreation center of sufficient size and with desired amenities for a rapidly growing city while trying to avoid incurring significant debt.

Rumor: Is there now, or will there shortly be, an interactive and public map available to locate all sewer clean outs?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has previously considered providing utility maps with restrictions on the community’s water supply. At this time, there is no formal plan for releasing this information to the public.

Rumor: Are we as citizens able to fly drones in the city as long as we are meeting the 400-foot-high level set by the FAA? Are there any drone restrictions?

Fact: The City does not have its own restrictions on drone use. Citizens would be advised to follow all of the FAA regulations on drone use, using the FAA’s Part 107 guidelines as good standards to avoid potential injury, damage to property, or questions of privacy.

Rumor: What caused 4 schools in Eagle Mountain to be placed on lockdown?

Fact: On Dec.12, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident in which one individual barricaded himself in the bedroom of a home with a firearm. One family member was injured and taken to the hospital in fair condition. After a standoff with sheriff’s deputies and with SWAT, the individual surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody by law enforcement officers. Cedar Valley High School, Frontier Middle School, Eagle Valley Elementary and Mountain Trails Elementary were all placed on “Secure Mode” as a precaution, but no schools were involved in the incident. Once the situation was resolved, students were released to return home.

Rumor: Has the City recovered the $1.13 million that was lost to fraud? Did the insurance pay the whole amount?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is working with both the FBI and the insurance company to resolve this matter, but at this point no reimbursements have been made. The City will send out an update to residents as soon as one is available.

Rumor: Is there any action being made on issues with gophers? There have been a lot of gophers on the trails. 

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not take any action to mitigate the presence of gophers in the area. Most likely, residents are noticing the presence of voles or other animals in their yards. The Utah State University Extension offers plenty of valuable resources for addressing these unwanted gophers here and ground squirrels here.

Rumor: Is there a designated map and duration of time for placement of campaign signs?

Fact: EMMC 17.80.120(C) Political Signs states, “Political signs placed on private property that do not exceed eight feet in height and 32 square feet per side if double-faced; provided, that such signs do not violate any other provisions of this chapter including provisions pertaining to the placement of signs in the public right-of-way.” Sign enforcement codes may be referenced if concerns over sign placement persist. 

Rumor: Are there any city rules about lawn care?  There are other cities that I am aware of in Utah that require that weeds be kept below a certain height or be fined by the city.

Fact: Eagle Mountain City relies on City Code 8.07.020, which states: It is unlawful for any person, corporation, partnership or legal entity owning or occupying real property in the city to let the height of weeds on such property grow beyond the maximum permitted. 

Rumor: How many birds are you allowed to have on residential property?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not regulate the number of birds allowed on residential property. A table with more information pertaining to this can be found in City Code 17.25.030.

Rumor: Are there plans to plant some trees along the graveyard walkway to give people some shade?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City currently does not have plans to plant trees in the City Cemetery. It is true that some landscaping needs will be assessed following the widening of Eagle Mountain Blvd.

Rumor: Are there any plans to locate more cell towers in the city?

Fact: There is a tower that is currently in the City’s building permit review process. Plans are to construct the tower in the next several months in the City Center area. The City frequently reviews modifications and additions to existing towers to add providers, etc.

Rumor: How much water goes to industrial use in the city?

Fact: Industrial, which comprises Tyson and the Meta Data Center, use about 9% of the city’s water.

Rumor: Does Eagle Mountain have enough water?

Fact: The City has six wells that produce most of the city’s water supply. They also have a contract with Central Utah Water Conservancy District. The City plans ahead to accommodate drought conditions and growth of the city. City officials monitor irrigation water use to make recommendations on watering schedules as needs arise. While it is important to stay mindful of available water resources, Eagle Mountain City remains confident in its water availability given current growth.

Rumor: When is Eagle Mountain getting a rec center?

Fact: One of the most frequent requests that comes to the City is for a recreation center or specific recreation facilities that are typically found in a recreation center. Currently there is no firm timeline for the construction of a recreation center. Recreation centers are very costly facilities and in general are not fiscally self-sufficient. However, Eagle Mountain City staff are working to identify funding strategies that will allow us to build a quality recreation center of sufficient size and with desired amenities for a rapidly growing city while trying to avoid incurring significant debt. This may require constructing recreation center components separately in a modular fashion or other innovative approaches. Eagle Mountain City elected officials and staff know well the value recreation centers can provide and also recognize resident’s desire for their local government to manage their tax dollars wisely. We will continue to work hard to find an acceptable solution, even if it requires some trail blazing.

Rumor: Why does Eagle Mountain have so many explosions?

Fact: Eagle Mountain is located near two military bases, including the Tooele Army Depot and Camp Williams. The city is also home to two rock quarries and Kern River Gas Transmission. Residents are safe during these exercises and Eagle Mountain City is in regular communication with these entities and dedicates resources to build partnerships to meet the needs of residents and local industry.

Rumor: Why does the City/Planning insist on letting developers build housing on the remaining open land?

Fact: Utah state law allows private landowners the right to develop or improve their property in accordance with local zoning and development ordinances. Eagle Mountain City works with those landowners and developers to ensure the development is as beneficial to the community and future residents as possible. Part of that process is to ensure that the developer preserves open space through parks, trails, or native areas, as well as property for master-planned roads and other facilities. The requirement for open space preservation or road dedication, however, must have a reasonable relationship to the impacts of the project on the community. In other words, the City can only require so much before the property owner must be compensated for the land being preserved or dedicated. Eagle Mountain City has a Master Transportation Plan and a Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan to guide it’s decisions, but cannot simply prevent development in order to preserve more open space or slow down the growth.

Rumor: Why are Eagle Mountain’s streets so dark?

Fact: Eagle Mountain’s roads may appear relatively dark for several reasons. First, the City’s dark sky initiative regulates both the direction and intensity of street lighting to protect resident’s view of the night sky. Second, the City’s planning and streets departments work under direction from the City Council indicating that an open and rural feel will be maintained in the community. Finally, street lighting is erected as development occurs. Several collector roads have long stretches without adjacent development, meaning street lighting is often not in place. Eagle Mountain City regularly considers changes to lighting location when safety or other variables merit consideration.

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Roads

*NEW* Rumor: With the expansion of SR-73 not having an estimated start time, why can’t the City get a concrete barricade to separate the directions of traffic? What can we do TODAY to reduce the dangers of this particular road?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City meets with UDOT every month to discuss concerns and collaborate on solutions to improve the experience and safety of SR-73. The City has encouraged UDOT to find funding to make improvements and will continue to do so. An assessment will also be made to review possible short-term solutions for SR-73.

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Rumor: There was some stoplight construction on the intersection of Pony Express and Woodhaven. Things have stopped for a while now. Is there a timeline for the completion of that project?

Fact: The contractor has completed all the site work and the electrical work. Eagle Mountain City is now just waiting for the steel, which is expected Oct. 6. Residents should notice traffic lights a couple of weeks after that.

Rumor: Will there be any stop lights put in by the new elementary school Desert Sky?

Fact: According to state traffic codes, a stop light in that area would be considered too close to the light at Old Airport Road. There are no current plans for a light in that area.

Rumor: I’ve heard that the dirt road portion of Lehi-Fairfield Rd and Willard Peak Rd going into Brandon Park is “preserved” as part of the original Pony Express and there is no plan to pave it.

Fact: It is the intent of the City to convert the old Pony Express Trail Way into open space with a trail system at some point. The dirt portion of this road has not been paved because it includes SITLA property that has not allowed the City to apply asphalt to the road surface.

Rumor: Is there any plan for the City to plant trees and beautify near Cedar Valley High School? Because it currently looks very dirty and dry, especially now that many businesses and families are moving in.

Fact: There are plans to improve the median on Pony Express Parkway in that area. There is not a specific timeline for improving the area, but residents should rest assured that work will take place within the next 6 months.

Rumor: With the blinking crosswalks by Eagle Valley Elementary and in City Center, do we have to wait until the lights stop before we can proceed?

Fact: The vehicle does not have to wait for the lights to stop flashing, but they do have to wait for the pedestrian to completely cross to the other side of the street before continuing.

Rumor: Will the City add more sidewalk near the roundabout at City Center on both sides of the road by the Chevron going south?

Fact: There are currently no plans to add sidewalk at this time. Typically, the City adds sidewalk as new, adjacent development occurs. Additional right-of-way would need to be purchased prior to installation of additional sidewalks.

Rumor: SR-73 will eventually connect to Porter Rockwell on the other side of Camp Williams. Is this part in the works?

Fact: There are general plans that will see a connection between SR-73 and Mountain View Corridor — connecting at Porter Rockwell. Project completion will depend on state funding.

Rumor: The roundabout by the Eagle Park Entry and Pony Express has been in development since August. Little has been done. When will this be finished?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City was in contact with the contractor this week. Work will be completed as soon as possible. The entry to Eagle Park was limited after crews removed pavement in the area without permission. This work should be finished soon.

Rumor: Why is the roundabout at city center being replaced? A more cost-efficient solution would be to expand it a little, paint lines and put up street signs and or reflectors. That would save the City the major project and cost, allowing money to go to additional improvements like trees and grass along existing sidewalks and trails.

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not own the property to widen the roundabout. It would not likely be any less expensive after including the widening and acquiring the land. Traffic lights are much more effective with high volume traffic, especially when it is one way directionally dominant as is the case at this location. Roundabouts are not pedestrian-friendly by design as they take place outside of the intersection and right after a driver is focused on navigating a vehicle through the intersection. Traffic signals, on the other hand, provide pedestrians with their own crossing time at the intersection. This intersection has a significant volume of pedestrian traffic. It is the walking route for the high school, middle school and for residents wanting to access the commercial area. As of summer 2023, this project is on hold.

Rumor: I heard a rumor that someone in the City/City Council got annoyed with people doing U-turns at Cory B Wride Memorial and Vernham Ln so they made U-turns illegal there. I was curious if that was true.

Fact: A City Council member observed several near-misses while motorists attempted to make U-turns to enter the neighborhood. The City reached out to UDOT to see if a left-turn onto Vernham would be possible. UDOT made the decision to restripe the center lane and disallow U-turns.

Rumor: When will the City fix the grass area on the roundabout at Eagle Mountain Blvd and Pony Express?

Fact: This roundabout is planned for removal in the future. Eagle Mountain City ceased maintenance of the area once those plans were finalized and plans to implement a four-way stop instead. As of Summer 2023, this project is on hold indefinitely.

Rumor: Is there going to be a light installed at the intersection of Major Street and Eagle Mountain Blvd?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City plans for a light at that intersection. Installation of the traffic light, however, is not part of the Eagle Mountain Blvd widening project. A timeline is not available for installation.

Rumor: As Eagle Mountain Blvd is expanding, are there any plans to protect the homes from possible car crashes? 

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not currently have plans to modify the fence along Eagle Mountain Boulevard. 

Rumor: We were told that the section of Lehi-Fairfield Rd that runs from EM Blvd to the rodeo grounds would be closed to through traffic and become an equestrian trail after Brandon Park subdivision construction was finished. Then someone said that it won’t be closed until Facebook construction is finish. Which of these is true?

Fact: Lehi-Fairfield Rd remaining in use is primarily the result of an alternative roadway required on the west side of Brandon Park for entry/exit. Once another road is built that can accommodate this need, plans currently call for Lehi-Fairfield Rd to be converted back to an equestrian trail. Considerations for the continued construction of the Meta Data Center play into the decision very little.

Rumor: As Eagle Mountain Blvd is expanding, are there any plans to protect the homes in north Sage Park and South Brandon Park from the noise and traffic?
Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not planning to install a sound wall or other barrier along Eagle Mountain Boulevard. Once complete, the roadway will shift slightly away from Sage Park. These improvements are not anticipated to affect south Brandon Park.

Rumor: Can you ride a 50cc moped type scooter on the road with out registering it?

Fact: Residents can ride an unregistered moped on the road in Eagle Mountain provided they are over the age of 8 and do not exceed 15 mph. For all other moped-related questions, we will refer residents to state code here.

Rumor: What are the rules for someone parking their car in front of your house for days on end while staying/living at the house across the street with plenty of open parking?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has a few suggestions for parking on City streets. The sidewalk is intended for safe pedestrian travel, including children. Cars parked on sidewalks send pedestrians into the street. Park by your own house rather than in front of a neighbor’s house. If you feel you need to park by a neighbor’s house, make sure they are OK with it. Don’t park on, or near, a crosswalk; or by a fire hydrant, for obvious safety reasons. Park in a way that doesn’t block traffic or make it difficult to see around a corner. Park in your garage or driveway whenever possible. All other relevant information about on-street parking can be found in Eagle Mountain City Code 10.10.010.

Rumor: Is the rumor true that the stretch of road at the intersection of Woodhaven Blvd and Pony Express (the turn in for Silverlake residents) is actually owned by Saratoga Springs City and that city refuses to put in a light since it doesn’t serve its own residents?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has been in talks with Saratoga Springs City for some time regarding the possibility of a traffic light at the intersection of Pony Express Parkway and Woodhaven Blvd. The intersection is split between Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs. Previously, Saratoga Springs City has indicated the need for a traffic light further to the east on Pony Express Parkway to accommodate a future infrastructure project. This would have disallowed a traffic light at the intersection with Woodhaven Blvd. Talks have taken place to confirm that a traffic light will eventually be placed at the intersection of Pony Express and Woodhaven. Eagle Mountain City does not have a timeline for completion but it is included in the list of 2023 projects. 

Rumor: Is it true that there will be a road over the mountain that connects City Center to Saratoga Springs?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City anticipates there will be an additional road that better connects some of the areas around City Center to Saratoga Springs. We do not have a planned route for this new road, but it does appear on the City’s newly adopted Transportation Master Plan. Nor is there a timeline for completion.

Rumor: Is Lake Mountain Road being paved?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not currently include plans for improvements to Lake Mountain Road in its Transportation Master Plan. Eagle Mountain City acknowledges that many factors, including: new development, discussions with the Unified Fire Authority, and residents to fully pave Lake Mountain Road, are likely to weigh in future considerations for improvements. But given the complexity of land ownership between SITLA, the Bureau of Land Management, and private individuals and entities, the City anticipates those considerations will require significant time and planning before any action is taken.

Rumor: When will SR-73 be widened?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is in regular communication with UDOT about the needs of SR-73. We will continue to work with our partners at the state level on any future plans to widen the highway, place traffic lights at relevant intersections and develop frontage roads. UDOT has completed an environmental assessment for a potential widening project and has a preliminary plan in place. SR-73 will be widened when UDOT obtains funding for the project. Eagle Mountain City takes resident safety concerns seriously. We ask motorists to remain mindful of their speed, their surroundings and road conditions on SR-73.

Rumor: When is Airport Road scheduled to connect Pony Express Parkway with SR-73?

Fact: Connecting Pony Express Parkway to SR-73 is part of a larger plan to remove traffic pressure from Pony Express Parkway (which currently sits at 20,000 vehicles/day) and more evenly distribute traffic between Eagle Mountain’s arterial roads. Funding will be sought from the state to complete this planned connection. A timeline for project completion will depend on available state dollars.

Rumor: Are there plans to extend the left turn lane at the intersection of Pony Express Parkway and Ranches Parkway?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has developed plans to extend the left turn pocket on Pony Express Parkway eastbound at Ranches Parkway. This should help with traffic flow in the area during peak hours. There is no current timeline for completion of the work.

Rumor: Are there plans to extend Porter’s Crossing south of Golden Eagle Rd? There is a ton of dust for the homeowners.  

Fact: At some point in the future, Porter’s Crossing will extend south and connect to an east-west roadway planned for construction in Saratoga Springs. Without that roadway in Saratoga Springs, extending Porters Crossing is not an efficient use of City dollars. For now, Eagle Mountain City does not have plans to improve Porter’s Crossing south of Golden Eagle Rd.

Rumor: Are there any plans to run a freeway through Eagle Mountain, perhaps an offshoot of I-15?

Fact: UDOT has spent significant time working with planners and engineers to develop plans to invest millions of dollars in transportation projects that will accommodate the rapid growth of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs. Some of these projects include an expansion of SR-73 into a freeway with frontage roads. Mountain View Corridor will also be expanded from 2100 North to Porter Rockwell Blvd., which will act as an alternative to I-15 for those living in Northwest Utah County. In the long-run, Mountain View Corridor is planned for expansion into a 35-mile freeway connecting I-80 and Utah County.

Rumor: There are about 300 yards of unpaved/unasphalted trail just on the north side of 73 across the street from Maverick, strange how the trail system just stops and starts back up again. What are the plans for completing this part of the paved trail system?

Fact: The existing trail was installed as part of the developer requirements for the subdivision to the south. This section is owned by UDOT and will be included in the widening of SR-73 when that work commences in the future. Any trail in this area will eventually need to be removed.

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Economic Development

*NEW* Rumor: I read somewhere that a Mountainland Supply is coming to Eagle Mountain. Is this the case and where will it be located?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has not received any word about Mountainland Supply locating in the community. We will update if that information changes.


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I hear that Crumble cookies is closing its doors and that not enough people are buying their goods.

Fact: Crumbl closed due to lack of business. Although we are not aware currently who will replace them in that space, we don’t anticipate it will be very long before the space is occupied.


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Rumor: Does Bowles Family Holdings LLC plan to develop their land along Lehi Fairfield Road? Is there a timeline?

Fact: While there are general plans to build a house in that area, the City has interest in making Lehi-Fairfield Road into open space. Much of the land is privately owned with no known plans for development other than Rose Ranch.

Rumor: Is Betos and another 7-11 coming in by Maverik in The Ranches?

Fact: Those two businesses had been looking at the location on the east side of Ranches Parkway. Currently, a car dealership is looking to construct at that location.

Rumor: Is there ever going to be a Deseret First Credit Union out here?

Fact: At this time, we have not received any indication a Deseret First Credit Union would be locating in Eagle Mountain in the near future.

Rumor: Did the city go ahead and re-zone the area off of SR-73 and Spring Run for the new Walmart?

Fact: The property was rezoned. The Eagle Mountain City Council approved the construction of the Walmart after seeing a revised site plan at the July 18 council meeting.

Rumor: Are there plans to build a strip mall or hospital on empty land opposite Cory Wride Park?

Fact: Downtown planning is currently ongoing. We are aware of interest in developing the land, but currently we are trying to get ahead of that development to ensure the best uses for the area can develop and that impacts on surrounding areas are minimized.

Rumor: Google acquired land in Eagle Mountain but no news since then. How are they planning to proceed?

Fact: Google must construct within five years of signing, per an agreement with Eagle Mountain City. We are about halfway through that five years and the City has been in conversations with Google about their plans, efforts to reduce planned water use, and more.

Rumor: When will Xfinity be coming online and available to service homes?

Fact: From Eagle Mountain City’s understanding, Comcast will have a rolling deployment. If Comcast infrastructure has been installed in front of a resident’s home and would like to use the service, contact the company to begin service. Due to Eagle Mountain’s size and continued growth, current estimates put full project completion about three years out.

Rumor: I have seen the site change from a Tropical Cafe to a Roxberry a couple times. Do we know which one is coming in for sure?

Fact: Roxberry is in the permitting process now for that location.

Rumor: Are there plans for a Swig?

Fact: From our understanding, a Swig is planned in City Center by the Macey’s grocery store.

Rumor: Is Taqueria 27 coming to the Ranches?

Fact: Taqueria 27 is in the very early stages of the business licensing and permitting process. Plans for a location in Eagle Mountain can be described as tentative.

Rumor: What happened to Jo’Land Arcade near Ridleys? Are there any more businesses planning to fill EM’s empty entertainment niche?

Fact: The City’s understanding is they were unable to stay in business. For Eagle Mountain City, providing entertainment in general is a priority. The City is aware there is a demand for indoor venues, especially for children.

Rumor: I thought there was going to be a Big O Tires built next door to Cascade Collision, but there is a ‘Burt Brothers coming soon’ sign. What happened to Big O Tires?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of the cause, but we can confirm that Big O Tires backed out of that location and Burt Brothers is now building at the site.

Rumor: Does the City just refuse all liquor license applications? Will City Center ever have a restaurant or bar with alcohol?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has a process in the place for the approval of liquor licenses, although the state of Utah has substantial oversight of this matter. To our knowledge, Eagle Mountain City has never denied a business a liquor license. We can communicate there is at least one restaurant planning locate in City Center that intends to seek a license to sell alcohol.

Rumor: I heard Bout Time was coming to Eagle Mountain. Can you update on the liquor license status or if that is even true?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any plans for a Bout Time locating in the community.

Rumor: Any plans for a Starbucks in City Center?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any plans for a Starbucks to locate in City Center.

Rumor: Are there any plans for any health food/grocery stores coming to Eagle Mountain like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, etc.?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any health food grocery stores with plans to locate in the community.

Rumor: Are there any future plans to build a hospital out here?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has been in touch with several hospital operators. At this time, there are no plans.

Rumor: I heard there might be a Winco coming to Eagle Mountain. Is that true? That would be great. 

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of a Winco locating in the community.

Rumor: Is Eagle Mountain ever going to get a gym/fitness center like VASA or Lifetime Fitness?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is working more aggressively to recruit retail services. Gyms and athletic clubs are toward the top of the City’s priority list to pursue for the community. Eagle Mountain City is aware of several small business owners with an interest in potentially opening boutique gym locations, but cannot confirm those projects are in the works at this time.

Rumor: Why is the City allowing so many signs/advertisements everywhere?

Fact: The Ladder Signs in particular are approved by City Council for up to 60 locations. The Eagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce, who manages and maintains the signs, have been informed that we will not be entertaining requests for a change in code that allows for more signs on the current major thoroughfares. In the future, when new major arterial roads such as Old Airport Road, Mid-Valley Road and others are more built out and used more heavily, Eagle Mountain City will likely entertain requests for signs along those roads. The Ladder Signs are a unique way that Eagle Mountain supports its local businesses. There is a priority in selection of who can advertise on those signs. As more local businesses use those signs, fewer residential developers or others will be on those signs.

Rumor: Is Six Sisters Deli really closed forever?

Fact: They are closing. Health complications for the owners resulted in the need to close permanently.

Rumor: Is Applebee’s coming to Eagle Mountain?

Fact: A property developer is in talks with Applebee’s to come to Eagle Mountain and a site plan for the area was recently approved.

Rumor: Are we going to get any retail shops or a strip mall in EM?

Fact: Residents of Eagle Mountain can see all of the businesses with plans to locate in the community and follow their development process through our “What’s Happening” service here.

Rumor: I saw on the City’s “What’s Happening” page that a data campus is being considered for approval. Is that Google?

Fact: This company is not Google, which has purchased a separate plot of land with tentative plans to construct a separate data center.  QTS Datacenters has recently announced plans to construct a datacenter in Eagle Mountain. The City can confirm that QTS does not use water to cool their servers.

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I heard a rumor that all the businesses at Eagle Mountain Marketplace backed out, that’s why they don’t update the map/plan on the Colliers website. Are businesses struggling that bad?

Fact: This is false. Several of the businesses found on the latest version on the map are in the permitting process. A handful are under construction and will be opening their doors soon. The business cycle is not anticipated to delay grand openings.

Rumor: I have heard there are plans to build a Smith’s grocery store west of Brandon Park. Is this true?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any plans to bring a Smith’s grocery store to Eagle Mountain.

Rumor: What are the towers on Ingmar Hill by Hidden Hollow Elementary?

Fact: A building permit was issued in June for a tower that is part of the Sprint network.

Rumor: Are there any plans to build a car wash with individual car wash bays for self-service?

Fact: While Eagle Mountain City is aware of plans for car washes to locate in the community, these businesses do not currently have plans to offer self-service bays at their location.

Rumor: I heard that Chick-fil-A is coming. Is that true?

Fact: While there are a number of restaurants in the works throughout the City, we aren’t aware of any plans for a Chick-fil-A at this time.

Rumor: Is Eagle Mountain getting a Target?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any plans for a Target to locate in the community at this time.

Rumor: Why does The Ranches get all the development?

Fact: Businesses of all sizes look at a variety of factors in deciding where to locate. If they feel that an area will be profitable, and fits their development requirements, they will explore development options. Eagle Mountain City proactively works with desired industries and businesses, along with the development community, in this process. Ultimately, the city cannot force a certain business to locate here and the businesses will go where they can best succeed.

Rumor: Is Eagle Mountain getting Google Fiber or another internet service provider?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City continues to connect with telecommunication providers to help them understand our growth and development patterns, but it is ultimately up to those providers to decide to enter this market. Comcast is currently working to locate within the community.

Rumor: Does the City choose which businesses locate here?

Fact: Commercial businesses identify ideal locations for their businesses using various factors. Two of the main factors are the number of households in an area and the average daily trips of major nearby roadways. Because the Ranches developed first, and all of Eagle Mountain traffic must flow through there, businesses view that area as desirable. As City Center continues to rapidly grow, more businesses have begun to explore opportunities in that area, and we anticipate that will continue in the future.

Rumor: Is Eagle Mountain building a Main Street/Downtown area?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is in the very early stages of master planning a downtown area for the city. Timing for development of that downtown area is subject to the plans and interests of the property owners in that area. We intend to take advantage of the opportunities that arise from being a young city such as having somewhat of a blank canvas to work with and the ability to learn from the successes and failures of already established cities. The City recognizes the benefits a Main Street-like area can have on the cultural, economic and recreational interest of a community.

Rumor: Which restaurants are considering a location in City Center?

Fact: While many restaurants review Eagle Mountain for possible future locations, several have become serious possibilities. No development is official until a property has been acquired, a site plan has been approved by the Planning Commission and City Council, and a business license has been obtained. We can, however, inform residents which restaurants are seriously considering a location in City Center, according to the site developer.

Rumor: We’ve heard many things about developing the open land east of Pony Express across from Overland. What’s going there?

Fact: Much of the land east of Pony Express Parkway near Overland is actually part of Ivory’s Overland development. Their master plan for that area does contemplate a mixed-use commercial area in that space. That could include many different commercial uses mixed with some compatible residential units. At this time, there are no immediate plans to develop that area.

Rumor: Is Eagle Mountain getting a fitness center?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any plans for a private fitness facility at this time. The City is aware of a fitness equipment repair company with plans to locate in the community.

Rumor: Why are the lights so bright at some of the community’s major employers?

Fact: Eagle Mountain allows exceptions to some of its dark-sky initiative lighting standards. Locations that are under construction require additional lighting for the safety of site workers who may be performing projects during the evening and overnight hours.

Rumor: Why don’t we have any sit down restaurants or a bar n’ grill?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is in constant communication with a number of restaurants to locate in the community. Among these are sit down restaurants and bar n’ grill-type restaurants. Due to the city’s current population and current economic climate, many restaurants have not previously considered locating in Eagle Mountain. Growth projections for this area, however, have changed their considerations in recent months and years. Applebee’s has recently been approved for construction in Eagle Mountain.

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Community

*NEW* Rumor: There is a lot of open land in front of Overland. Are we going to get anything there?

Fact: This land is included in future phasing for the Overland development. The City is coordinating with Ivory Homes and SITLA to plan for commercial development projects in the area, part of which will encompass a future downtown.


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Rumor: Is it illegal to have an Air BnB in Eagle Mountain? Either whole house or basement short-term rental.

Fact: You cannot rent out a house or basement for less than 30 days in Eagle Mountain. If the basement has a stove and a resident is renting out their property, an ADU permit must be obtained. Property owners also cannot rent out the basement and upstairs separately.

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Rumor: What is being built north of Cory Wride by the Arrival Community?

Fact: That’s the new Alpine School District Middle School. They are installing a sewer line down Belle Street and Airport Road. The City is working with UDOT and the Mountainland Association of Governments to modify the access to the school and the intersection at SR-73 before its planned opening in the fall of 2025.

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Rumor: If the City is going to just let the trees at Eagle Mountain Blvd. and SR-73 die because they somehow lost their water source, why not just cut them down? It’s a disgrace that our city officials have no community pride and don’t care how the entrance to our city looks.

Fact: There is more to it than these trees not having water. Most of these trees have reached the end of their life expectancy. The City has been removing some as they die. City staff are working on a replacement plan, but solving the issue of irrigated water will need to occur first.


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Rumor: Will there be a bus stop added to City Center?

Fact: We continue to push UTA to increase bus service in our city. They are currently planning for a park and ride lot in the Ranches area, and we will be communicating with them to see if we can find a workable location.

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Rumor: Are there any updates plans to build a hospital?

Fact: Intermountain Health has purchased 40 acres of land for a future hospital property. Construction of that hospital has not been announced, so we have no anticipated date of construction/completion. In the interim, several other healthcare facilities are in various stages of planning currently.


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Rumor: Are there insurance companies refusing to insure our home because they claim UFA is no longer providing fire coverage?

Fact: Representatives from UFA and UFSA appeared before the Eagle Mountain City Council on Oct. 3, 2023 to discuss the possibility of a property tax increase to their portion of the property tax. Nothing has been stated about a reduction in services that would necessitate a change in insurance coverage.

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Rumor: My Street name is Appaloosa Way. I’ve been getting mail that says Appaloosa Ct. Was the name changed?

Fact: According to both Eagle Mountain City and Utah County records, there is nothing to show a name change. It is still designated as Appaloosa Way.

Rumor: Eagle Mountain City, in cooperation with Rocky Mountain Power, has done nothing to discourage or punish contractors who have knocked out the power to the city multiple times this year. Is this true?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is in regular communication with both Rocky Mountain power and the various contractors working in the community for various projects. While the City does not have the legal authority to fine or punish contractors for severing power lines, a complaint can be made to the state Department of Professional Licensing for those responsible. Eagle Mountain City is aware that Rocky Mountain Power does invoice and interact with contractors who do several power lines. This has been the case during the summer months in instances where power has been severed by a contractor.

Rumor: The Eagle Mountain fireworks map was supposed to be updated but never was. The same one used in prior years was reused in 2023 with no logical reason.

Fact: The map was not updated and Unified Fire Authority used the current map of record. The map is under review and will be presented for approval in the spring, according to the standards established by the state of Utah and based on the proximity to construction and the wildlife interface. The public is welcome to comment on this at any time or when the new map is presented for approval in the spring.


Rumor: When will the large dumpsters be picking up trash and Cory Wride Park?

Fact: The Fall Dumpsters will be available Sept. 14 – 20. More details will be forthcoming as this service gets closer.


Rumor: What is the plan with Rocky Mountain Power to upgrade the older substation that services the Ranches so we stop having so many power outages?

Fact: Rocky Mountain Power has communicated to Eagle Mountain City that work to permanently fix the substation will take place this fall. This will correct the issues that have led to the majority of the power outages in the community.

Rumor: I understand the predicament at sunset flats with the developer going bankrupt, but when things move forward with the detention pond will it still be a grassed area?

Fact: The Sunset Flats Park will be an important part of the neighborhood, and the developers of the project are required to construct the park. We have collected park escrows to ensure that the park is improved. However, if any of these escrows are taken by court order as a result of the developer’s bankruptcy filing in order to pay contractors for their completed work, etc., then the City would need to make some difficult decisions about the design of the park as well as funding shortfalls. No immediate plans exist for the City to step in and take over construction of the park.

Rumor: With the fence put up blocking access to the road beyond the trailhead at the end of Porter’s Crossing, does the City have plans to re-route access to the public land?

Fact: City staff are working on a comprehensive plan to show how residents and guests will be able to access trails throughout the city. It is estimated that the plan will be completed in the spring of 2024.

Rumor: What is all the construction to the North of SR-73 and the airport in Eagle Mountain?

Fact: The Alpine School District is doing some preliminary grading/earth work for a planned middle school. A site plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council in the near future.

Rumor: Why are so many trees on EM Blvd., near SR-73 dead or dying?

Fact: The trees out by the Eagle Monument do not have a water system. The water system was removed years ago after the city was no longer able to use the well in that location.  It really is a combination of environmental factors and a lack of water that has contributed to the decline.

 Rumor: There have been rumors that the home developer in New Park was supposed to develop the park while others say it’s the City. Who is responsible for the development of the park?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has been working with the developer to complete the plans for this park. These plans have not been fully approved at this time. The developer is responsible for completion of the park. Right now, the City is not aware of a timeline for the park’s completion.

Rumor: Are there any plans to put in trees, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, splash pads, by Eagle Point Park C?

Fact: There are no plans at this time for those improvements.

Rumor: My neighbor just moved out and is now renting his house out. He is renting the top and basement out. I have heard that you are not allowed to have two renters. Is this correct or am I able to move as well and rent out both top and bottom?

Fact: The owner of the home cannot rent out the upstairs and basement at the same time to two different individuals. Section 17.70.030 of City Code speaks to this.

Rumor: I know a park expansion has been planned for Smith Ranch Park and it’s supposed to include a new skate park. Do we have a timeline for when this will be started or finished?

Fact: The expansion of Smith Ranch Park is anticipated to be completed Spring of 2024. It is anticipated the new skatepark will be completed at that time.

Rumor: We have an area in Spring Run that is City-owned and was promised to be a green space/park. When will this happen?

Fact: A park is planned in this area for Spring Run. The City does not currently have a timeline for development.

Rumor: Are there going to be ADA-style or single-level ranch style townhomes? If so, where, and when, will they be constructed?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of any residential housing projects that meet this description. For a full list of residential housing projects in Eagle Mountain, please visit the City’s What’s Happening page.

Rumor: Are there any plans to have an ice rink, like the Peaks in Provo, out here?

Fact: No. There have been no discussions or approved plans for an ice rink.

Rumor: EM takes pride in having open, darker night skies. Who is flying the two drones all night? They’re loud. Is it Facebook or Eagle Mountain City?

Fact: Without more information, it is not possible to know who may be flying the drones. Eagle Mountain City can confirm it is not City employees conducting flights.

Rumor: What is getting built (new building) near Frontier Middle School on Mid Valley Road?

Fact: That building is a new Unified Fire Authority Fire Station 253. It is slated to be completed within the next year.

Rumor: Are there any plans for a golf course in Eagle Mountain City Center?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is not aware of plans for a private or public golf course at this time for location in Eagle Mountain’s City Center.

Rumor: Does Eagle Mountain have plans to finish the walking trail around the Tickville Gulch in the Silverlake community? Specifically, behind the houses on Silver Ridge Road.

Fact: A future trail is planned along the wash in that location. This trail will be built by the City at some point in the future when funding is available for the project.

Rumor: Heard a rumor that there is plenty of room for newcomers. False – Eagle Mountain is full!

Fact: Eagle Mountain was designed to grow and will continue to grow. However, the City is dedicated to helping residents maintain the way of life they currently enjoy through smart growth.

Rumor: Why is there a concrete barricade that says “no trespassing” at the trailhead at the end of Porter’s Crossing?

Fact: This was placed there by the property owner, which is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to prevent trespassers in the area. The barricade is located in Saratoga Springs and does not fall under enforcement by Eagle Mountain City.

Rumor: Are there any plans to bring TRAX into Eagle Mountain?

Fact: Presently, UTA has no plans for TRAX to Eagle Mountain City. Eagle Mountain City and Saratoga Springs are working cooperatively in our planning efforts to maximize public transportation options as our cities grow. Funding has been procured for a Park ‘n’ Ride lot to be constructed with express bus service to the American Fork Front Runner station. UTA will be working with Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), and UDOT to complete this project in 2026. Alternatively, UTA anticipates expanding its vanpool services in our area, and testing its micro-transit service (also known as UTA On Demand) in the near future.

Rumor: I was under the impression that the Sweetwater Park and dirt field next to it will always be open space/park. But I just heard what I hope is a rumor that the dirt portion is sold and will be homes.

Fact: The 9.11-acre parcel (Utah County Parcel #59:045:0054) is owned by Eagle Mountain City and has always been planned to be a large retention basin and park/open space. In the future, we hope funds will be available to make more improvements to this site.

Rumor: I hear Eagle Mountain is going to build a fishing reservoir park for the public to fish in. Is this true?

Fact: This concept has been considered by Eagle Mountain City in prior years but there are no active plans to pursue a fishing reservoir park at this time. 

Rumor: Where in Eagle Mountain can I take larger trash items (broken furniture, old rugs, broken appliances, etc.) that won’t fit in regular trash cans?

Fact: Residents have a couple of options. They can always take their items to the Intermountain Regional Landfill in Fairfield. Eagle Mountain City provides two free dump passes per calendar year. Residents can also take advantage of the annual community clean-up dumpsters in the spring and fall.

Rumor: Has the observatory in Walden Park been canceled?

Fact: Designs are currently being completed for the new observatory in Walden Park. Eagle Mountain City is anticipating construction to begin in 2024.

Rumor: Charging electric vehicles is difficult due to a lack of infrastructure. Is the City working on this?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City currently has no plans to install Electric Vehicle charging stations in the community. Limiting factors such as power accessibility, anticipated use, cost, and private sector impacts are part of that decision. Through surveys, the City has determined an insufficient demand for this service to be provided by the City and has further found that the private sector may eventually resolve the issue.

Rumor: Is anything being done to protect Eagle Mountain’s amazing bike trails within City limits?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City will soon be soliciting the services of a consultant to help us update our Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, focused mainly on recreational and off-street trails. That project will include input from the community and from community partners involved with open space and outdoor recreation. The City is also working with a developer to improve a couple of large trailheads in the Hidden Hollow / Hidden Valley area. The first trailhead should be completed within the next month. We are also working closely with the BLM to expand our trail system further up into the hills.

Rumor: Does the city have plans to partner with a rain collection barrel company so residents can opt in or learn about rain water collection to help with drought conditions?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City is aware of programs such as this. We are currently learning more to better understand whether this can be implemented in Eagle Mountain. We do not have a timeline for implementation.

Rumor: CC&Rs say residents may not park on streets. But the street is a public street maintained by the city. Can they fine the homeowners/tow them? Or will the City?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not govern the HOAs that have CC&Rs. Generally, HOAs have the ability in their billing process to issue fines to residents. However, if vehicles are parked on city-owned streets, not private streets marked in blue, the City can enforce that under the City Code.

Rumor: When will Eagle Mountain get more UTA busses and routes?

Fact: Utah Transit Authority, in addition to the Mountainland Association of Governments and the cities of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs, recently completed the Northwest Utah County Transit Study. This plan calls for the construction of new park-and-ride facilities in the area, including Eagle Mountain that can be used to support additional bus service. Site selection still  needs to take place, but funding for these new park-and-ride facilities is already being prioritized by UTA’s Capital Projects group. Once implemented, additional UTA bus service would support Eagle Mountain. A timeline for completion has not yet been finalized.

Rumor: Do I have to have grass in my backyard? Or I can do more natural landscaping to cut down on water use?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not have a turf requirement for the rear yard. Property owners should be aware that the rear yard is required to be landscaped or fenced with a privacy fence within two years of occupancy. The City is encouraging residents to install water wise landscaping due to the state’s ongoing drought conditions. There is no turf requirement in the rear yard, but it needs to be landscaped (or fenced with a privacy fence) within two years of occupancy. Residents are encouraged to follow guidelines set by their HOA to ensure compliance as well.

Rumor: Will Cedar Valley Airport become a residential airpark?

Fact: The City has considered a few proposals regarding Cedar Valley Airport in the past. There are currently no proposals to make changes to the airport at this time.

Rumor: Are they building a fire station between Pony Express and Tumwater Lane?

Fact: This is true. Construction is currently underway to build this new facility.

Rumor: With all of the homes being built and people moving in, why haven’t we seen more schools, elementary through high school being built?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City provides the Alpine School District with information about the community’s growth. The school board for ASD ultimately makes decisions on any land acquisition and construction for schools planned in Eagle Mountain.

Rumor: When is Eagle Mountain City getting a Police Department?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City will form its own independent police department when it is fiscally prudent to do so and the safety of the residents requires it. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has been a tremendous partner in Eagle Mountain and has done fantastic work serving the residents of Eagle Mountain with limited resources and personnel. Recent analysis of police services demonstrated that creating a new police department is very costly and maintaining the same level of service with an independent police department would also cost more annually compared to maintaining our arrangement with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Eagle Mountain City recognizes that an independent police department may soon become necessary and has already taken several steps to prepare for that eventual change to ensure a smooth transition.

Rumor: The contracted Utah County Sheriffs are not required to stay in Eagle Mountain for the entire 12 hour shift. Why would the City waste over 5 million dollars a year on a police force NOT required to spend the entire shift in the city that pays for them? 

Fact: Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to Eagle Mountain work exclusively in the city during their shift. There are exceptions that involve their commutes from neighboring communities or assisting neighboring agencies like Saratoga Springs City police. By contracting through the Utah County Sheriff’s office, Eagle Mountain residents also gain access to additional sheriff’s deputy resources such as the SWAT team, detectives, evidence management, and additional support if the need arises. This makes Eagle Mountain’s service remain efficient and keeps costs low.

Rumor: Is Neighborhood Improvement designed to punish small businesses?  

Fact: Neighborhood Improvement is designed to promote the health, safety and welfare of residents while securing a high quality of life through code compliance. Neighborhood Improvement staff simply enforce codified ordinances and help residents take responsibility for solving issues and concerns. The goal of neighborhood improvement is not to punish businesses but to maintain the physical appearance of the community through code standards.

Rumor: By allowing so much growth and development, it appears the City doesn’t seem to care about the wildlife in this area. Is that true?

Fact: It is true that development impacts and/or changes wildlife habitat and habits. Eagle Mountain City is working on a variety of conservation efforts to protect local wildlife populations. An example is the partnership the City has developed with the State Department of Wildlife Resources and other conservation entities to work to become the first city in Utah to preserve a migration corridor through the city to allow the local mule deer population to travel between the Lake Mountains and the Oquirrh Mountains. The City is always working with its partners and with landowners to balance wildlife conservation/preservation with private property rights and with the needs of the community at large (safety, transportation, recreation, etc.) and will continue to work to achieve a proper balance.

Rumor: What is the City doing to protect some of the area’s prehistoric rock imagery?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City has recently worked with the Utah State Historic Preservation office to preserve and restore some of the prehistoric rock imagery in the community. Cataloging the sites has also been a critical component of the state’s work to track and better understand the area’s history. Removing graffiti and taking steps to conserve these potentially sacred sites is part of these efforts. The City is currently exploring ideas to best preserve some of the community’s ancient sites for generations.

Rumor: When is Eagle Mountain getting a post office?

Fact: The cities of Lehi, Saratoga Springs and Eagle Mountain are aware of the demand on the Lehi USPS facility and the desire of residents for a new post office facility. The cities and the USPS are in preliminary talks regarding the potential for a new Post Office facility in Eagle Mountain or Saratoga Springs, but at this time there are no official plans.

Rumor: Does the City have control over HOA fees?

Fact: Eagle Mountain City does not have control over HOAs and the fees they apply to homeowners. HOAs are private contracts between homeowners within a development.

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