Issue Background

This section addresses issues related to public buildings, facilities, and services that are necessary to the vitality of the community. It includes schools, libraries, civic buildings, fire stations, social service centers, distribution systems for culinary water, wastewater and storm drainage systems, parks, golf courses, recreational fields and the City cemetery.

The systems serving the area are performing well generally, but deliberate consideration of the lifecycle of infrastructure assets (i.e. replacement or upgrading) needs to be included in development decisions in order to minimize the financial impact to current users.

The Vision 2050’s subcommittee on infrastructure issues partnered with the Central Iron County Water Conservancy District to form an exploratory committee to look at options for the area’s water resources. 

Emerging Issues

  • The City might need to take a stronger role in creating a better working relationship between major developers, contractors, and the different utility providers. The goal of this effort would be to maintain an ongoing dialogue in order to help all parties maintain current investments and reduce costs.
  • The demand for higher-density housing and more compact commercial developments in the Cedar area should be anticipated into the future not only because of the market demand, but because of the development cost savings of infill development (as compared to major system expansions and ‘leapfrog development’).
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Potential Goals and Investments

  1. (from previous plan) Provide public facilities and services that aid in furthering development while maintaining the quality of life in the City and increase its attractiveness.
  2. (from previous plan) Develop adequate systems to handle culinary water, wastewater and stormwater that promote safe and appropriate support for the activities and needs of the community.
  3. (from previous plan) Implement a plan to maintain and improve the existing stormwater and drainage facilities and associated infrastructure and to develop necessary facilities and infrastructure for future development.
  4. (from previous plan) Continue to improve telecommunications and digital access systems to enhance both quality of life and commercially viable  communications within the City.
  5. (from previous plan) Develop a decision-making process for infrastructure design and budgeting that effectively anticipates future needs and associated costs, but can also adjust to shifting environments and technologies.
  6. (from previous plan) Implement a capital improvement plan to develop, maintain and improve public facilities, services and infrastructure, including schedules, budgets, and potential funding sources.
  7. Formulate, and annually update, a Capital Facilities Plan that assures appropriate maintenance of the City’s existing capital facilities.