Fountain Green was originally founded by Mormon pioneers and called “Uintah Springs”. The name “Fountain Green” was officially adopted when the first post office was established in January 1860. Fountain Green was incorporated as Town on May 22, 1885 and as a City in 1910.
Sheep ranching was perhaps the most highly favored industry in early Fountain Green. The annual summer celebration, “Lamb Day” attracts numerous visitors to Fountain Green every July for the Lamb Day Parade, lamb judging, recreational activities, close-pit barbecue, musical program, dance, and the popular lamb sandwiches.
Regarded by many as a pristine “safe haven”, the communities of central Utah, including Fountain Green, are increasingly impacted by new residents seeking a rural, family-oriented lifestyle unfettered by the social problems associated with more heavily populated and congested urban areas within the State, as well as regionally and nationally.
Fountain Green City is located near the geographic center of Utah, approximately 102 miles south of Salt Lake City, the capital and largest city in Utah. Fountain Green is situated in a high mountain valley at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet. A spring of substantial size (named Big Springs) and predictably stable flow provides both the culinary (chlorinated) and pressurized irrigation water for Fountain Green City. Although some areas of Fountain Green City are prone to high water tables in high precipitation years, there is minimal, if any exposure to flooding.
Fountain Green City has a semi-arid climate characterized by low to moderate humidity and wide temperature ranges. The mean maximum temperature in July is 88 degrees Fahrenheit and the mean low temperature in January is 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation ranges from 16 to 20 inches annually with the preponderance of precipitation falling as snow during the winter months. The growing season averages 150 consecutive days free from frost.
Fountain Green citizen’s value their pioneer heritage and defer to development patterns established during the City’s early history. In addition, the State requires that the City provide for development within certain rules, which are available at the City Hall.
A PERMIT MUST BE OBTAINED FROM THE FOUNTAIN GREEN PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION BEFORE ANY BUILDING (HOUSE OR SHED), REMODELING, FENCING OR LOT SPLITTING IS COMMENCED.
The Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month. You must sign up on the Agenda at the City Hall no less than one week before the meeting. Be sure to pick up the appropriate forms and instructions so that you will be prepared when you come to the meeting for your permit.
Other rules you need to be aware of (available at the City Hall):
- ATV use
- Dog Licenses/Control
- Use of Irrigation Water