Quality Growth Commission

“Since 2000, the McAllister Fund has conserved nearly 100,000 acres of critical lands in Utah.”Utah Quality Growth Commission
2019 LeRay McAllister Critical Lands Conservation Fund

The Utah Quality Growth Commission announces the opening of the 2019 application cycle. Pre-applications are due Friday, May 17 by 5 p.m.

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The Utah Quality Growth Commission was created in 1999. The Commission has three missions:

1-To assist local governments with Quality Growth Planning

2-To advise the legislature and the Governor on growth management issues

3-To promote critical land conservation as part of responsible growth by administering the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation program.

The McAllister Program uses funds appropriated by the Legislature to purchase conservation easements on important pieces of private land, acquire small parcels in fee title under limited circumstances and provide small restoration grants to improve conserved lands. Since 2000, the McAllister Fund has conserved nearly 100,000 acres of critical lands in Utah. The legislature has appropriated approximately $20 million to this effort, which has been matched by almost $150 million in other funds.

Current Commission Members

  • Greg Todd, Commission Chair, Duchesne County Commission
  • Erin Mendenhall, Commission Vice Chair, Salt Lake City Council
  • Kerry Gibson, Commissioner, Department of Agriculture & Food
  • Andy Beerman, Park City Mayor
  • James Bradley, Salt Lake County Council
  • Kent Bushman, Utah Farmer's Union
  • Randy Day, Utah Board of Realtors
  • Ron Iacono, Representing Home Builders
  • Ashley Korenblat, Member at-large
  • Brian Steed, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources
  • Wade Garrett, Utah Farm Bureau
  • Jenney Rees, Cedar Hills Mayor