2021 was another great year for Riverton City! The success we have seen is a result of city employees working tirelessly to execute on the strategic priorities laid out by our residents, through their elected officials. Here are a few highlights from 2021:
New City Streets: To help alleviate traffic congestion and provide for greater connectivity, given unprecedented growth in the southwest quadrant of Salt Lake County, Riverton’s Public Works Department completed Old Liberty Way and Majestic Rise Parkway, west of Bangerter Highway in between 12600 S and 13400 S.
Record Sales Tax Revenue: Riverton continues to grow its sales tax base with more retail stores having another record-breaking year of $9.8 million in sales tax revenue - an 18.6 % increase year over year. This economic development helps us keep taxes and utility fees low for our residents.
Local First Riverton: Riverton City launched the Local First Riverton marketing and public education campaign to help support businesses. The campaign incentivized nearly $630,000 in local spending, and, according to a citizen survey, 64% of residents say they consider supporting businesses in Riverton more often as a result.
Legislative Infrastructure Funding: During the 2021 Utah Legislative Session, our local legislators were able to pass H.B. 244, which will provide Riverton $700,000 every year for fifteen years. These funds can be used on roadway infrastructure projects that will help mitigate congestion and improve transportation safety. In addition, Riverton saw $75 million and a prioritization for the construction of a freeway style interchange at Bangerter Highway and 13400 S.
Citizen’s Police Academy: The Riverton Police Department held its very first, of what will be an annual, Citizen’s Police Academy. This six-week academy included educational workshops on various topics centered around community policing, daily operations, school resource officers, and live-action scenarios to include firearms trainings.
Costco Wholesale Construction Begins: Following an announcement in 2020, this construction on Costco’s newest store officially began in the spring. Located on the northeast corner of 13200 S and Mountain View Corridor, this 160,000 square foot warehouse and gas station is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2022.
Online Business Licensing: In a continuing effort to make Riverton a great place to do business, Riverton City has transitioned to a fully online business license process, making it easier for businesses to become and remain licensed. This follows the city’s move in 2018 to eliminate application and renewal fees for standard businesses.
East Riverton Improvements: While many large-scale projects are taking place near Riverton’s western commercial district, our east side had its own projects to be excited about. We saw the completion of the 1300 W “S-Curve” roadway project, added sidewalk along major sections of 1300 W, as well as the creation of the Page-Hansen Park located just north of Jim’s Family Restaurant on Redwood Road.
Bangerter / 12600 S Interchange Progress: Utah’s Department of Transportation is making great progress on the construction of a freeway style interchange along Bangerter Highway and 12600 S. Expected completion is scheduled for spring 2022.Lowest Utility Fees in the Region: This year, extensive reorganization efforts were made to cut budgetary expenditures, pay off debts and innovate the way we pay for services. Through this hard work, Riverton City remains a great place to live work and play as residents experience the lowest utility fees in the region.