The efforts to find a solution on how to responsibly develop the Northwest Quadrant and build an inland port will continue. We are grateful to Governor Herbert for not calling a special session until a deal can be reached, and to Sen. Stevenson for diligently trying to work through our concerns.
Land use authority is a CORE MUNICIPAL FUNCTION defined by Utah law. Salt Lake City must defend this function, not only for our own City, but for cities and towns across the State who will be put at risk by the precedent this bill sets. Salt Lake City taxpayers should also NOT be asked to shoulder the full cost of providing services and infrastructure in an area their elected officials have no control over.
We believe a compromise can be reached. In fact, we have sent proposed legislation to the Governor’s Office to make it clear what is important to Salt Lake City. (Read it here).
The City is not afraid to exercise all of its tools to protect our rights. This includes partnering with our allies, negotiating with vested interests, and litigating if necessary.