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  • The City is in the process of updating our 1993 Street Master Plan. There are several locations around the city where new development can occur in the future. Our draft plan update indicates which stub roads (dead end roads without cul-de-sacs) need to be connected to other streets when development occurs. 

    The City held three public involvement meetings to receive input for our plan update. To view the Results of the Lakeview NIA (Neighborhoods in Action) Charette click here. UPDATE

    Proposed Maps for the 1993 Street Master Plan Update:

    The red circles on the five maps show which streets need to connect to another street when development occurs (the red circless were approved in the initial 1993 plan). The yellow circles define where the street connections have been made city-wide as properties have been developed over the last twenty years. The blue circles are proposed updates to the 1993 plan (streets that need to connect to another street when development occurs). 

    How will streets connect in the future?

    There may be some flexibility about how future streets interconnect when properties are developed. A final decision about how to connect the blue or red circles on each of the five maps should not be made until a thorough review of specific development proposal is completed. In the case where surrounding neighborhood areas are impacted by a new street (as identified on one of the five street connection master plan maps) the developer will be required to hold a neighborhood meeting before receiving preliminary subdivision plat approval from the Planning Commission. 

    If you have any questions or comments concerning this plan update contract please contact our Transportation Engineer, Paul Goodrich, at 801-229-7320 or by email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your input is very important. 

  • City of Orem Utility Fees and Property Taxes

    Did you know that Orem charges far less than neighboring cities to provide the same services? Compared to residents in 14 nearby cities, Orem residents have the lowest combined utility fees and property tax rates. 

    Water is based on the City of Orem average residential use of 28,000 gallons per month with a 3/4 inch meter.  If a city has pressurized irrigation, a mix of 12,000 gallons of culinary water to 16,000 gallons of pressurized irrigation (secondary) water was utilized.

    Sewer is based on the City of Orem average residential use of 9,000 gallons per month.

    Property tax was calculated based on a home value of $200,000 taxed at 55% market value.

    You can download this information by clicking here. 

  • Orem Debt Report

    A few Orem residents have recently expressed concern about the City of Orem's debt levels. To help inform the public about Orem's debts and what they have been used for, we have put together an informational flyer, which can be found here. A full list of all bonds issued since 1994 can also be found here. If you have any questions or desire additional clarification, please contact the City Manager's Office at 229-7035.


  • How are property taxes used in Orem?

    Property taxes make up only a quarter of the City’s General Fund Tax Revenue.  The General Fund supports vital community operations such as:

    • Public Safety--Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical
    • Recreation—Programs including Senior Citizen but not the Fitness Center
    • Parks
    • Streets and Traffic Management
    • Planning, zoning, and building safety
    • Cemetery
    • Library

    Wonder what life was like in Orem over 70 years ago? Read a talk written by Ray Gillman on the radio in 1939 regarding Life in Orem.

  • April 26th, 2014 9:00 AM at the Orem Public Safety Building

Olmsted Power Plant

1600 East 600 North

In 1830 Michael Faraday of England discovered that when a coil of wire was moved near a magnet, the magnet induced a current of electricity in the wire. Faraday's experiments resulted in the dynamo which generates electricity.

Anxious to capitalize on this exciting new power source, investors throughout the world began to develop and build these dynamo machines. Installation of the electric lines began which would transform the world from a labor-intensive planet to one in which electrical energy could multiply the efforts of people by thousands of times.

One of the unique features of the Olmsted Power Plant was that it used some of the most knowledgeable engineers in the country to establish on-the-job training programs for its employees. At the time, Olmsted offered one of only two competent training programs in electrical engineering in the entire United States, with the other one offered at Ohio State University.

In 1912, with lest than 1,000 residents living on the Orem Bench, poles were erected to carry electric wires which were supplied with power generated at the Olmsted Power Plant.

Also in 1912, Utah Power and Light Company purchased the Telluride Power Company, which included the Olmsted Power Plant. This plant is still a fully operational power plant, operated by PacifiCorp, Utah Power's new owners.

Orem City

Orem, UT // 56 North State Street // Phone: 801.229.7000


About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population approaches 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem's population exceeding 88,000 people, according to 2010 census figures making it the fifth-largest city in Utah.