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Cities at odds over corridor plan
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KAYSVILLE — Farmington is on the offensive, Davis County officials are changing their comments and Kaysville is praising plans from the Utah Department of Transportation for West Davis Corridor.

Kaysville supportive

The city council in Kaysville passed a resolution last month saying it fully supports the draft plan for the road, which has been proposed as a four-lane divided highway with a 250-foot right-of-way width from I-15, starting near Glovers Lane.

“It comports to what the council has at numerous times agreed upon,” said Gil Miller, North Salt Lake City Councilman.

The proposed route “fits well with the city’s land uses and land-use plans,” states the resolution. “It also “maximizes the use of private property and the human benefits while minimizing the adverse impacts to the natural environment.”

The route for the corridor is “beyond Kaysville City’s growth boundary and projected service area,” which earned the city’s full support, it said. The resolution of support passed unanimously.

Farmington sends scathing report

Meanwhile, Farmington issued a 49-page comment to UDOT criticizing the plan. The letter attacks the plan on several fronts, saying UDOT failed to look at conservation and farming easements properly, failed to work with city officials on land use planning, failed to look at relevant transit studies and got the specifics of several local roads wrong. The letter asks for a new draft study to be initiated that would include land east of I-15.

Farmington also wants an interchange in the city, and the proposal doesn’t include one. That would harm access for the new Station Park development.

“One reason the conservation easements were acquired in concert with the adjacent and nearby approved development (was)to provide a buffer from development, and the DEIS (draft environmental impact statement) has selected a route for the project that will cannibalize them,” the comment reads.

UDOT should not develop the road over the easements, which were to be protected in perpetuity, Farmington said in the comment. Instead, it should consider taking over developed land elsewhere. 

County officials change their tune

Less than a week after that comment was sent, the County Commission amended its letter to UDOT about the project. 

 “We received a few emails that caused some consternation that was never intended,” said Commission Chair John Petroff.

Several of those emails came from residents of the Clark Lane area, part of which is a historic district. The county had recommended an interchange there, one that directly conflicted with Farmington’s city planning.

The original letter, approved two weeks ago, listed possible interchanges at Clark Lane or Shepard Lane and cited a need to serve Station Park. 

Also in the letter, commissioners urged UDOT officials to work with local municipalities “to allow for adequate on and off ramp access points throughout the county.”

Commissioners praised UDOT for addressing what it termed the complex issues connected to the project. 

Officials reiterated the need for the highway because population continues to grow, especially in the county’s northwest quadrant.

But primarily, the county letter was meant to praise the UDOT process.

“We’re trying not to pick sides,” Commissioner Bret Millburn said. “We’re just saying from what’s been presented thus far, there could be some additional opportunities for additional access points along the whole corridor.”

The second letter took out specific suggestions because the county is not an expert on such matters, he said.

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Editor’s note: Louise R. Shaw, Tom Busselberg and Rebecca Palmer contributed to the reporting for this article.

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WildlifeNut
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September 13, 2013
There are so many reasons why this highway should not be built, but there is only so much time in the day.

I am a Realtor and here is a conversation that I recently had with one of my clients who purchased a home in Syracuse.

Client: I am for the freeway.

Me: Why?

Client: Because when we moved here, it took 15 minutes to get to the freeway, and now it takes 20 minutes. I do not have this kind of time when I am going back and forth 2 or 3 times a day.

Me: (Dumfounded) So you are saying that in order to save you 10 - 30 minutes per day, it is justifiable to put in a $60,000,000 freeway that will in essence trash the fragile wildlife flyway that makes Utah truly unique, bring MORE air pollution to our neighborhoods, be only 20% utilized, and encourage cities to continue to be dependent upon huge highways is okay with you? You knew where you were moving to when you moved there, right? In fact, you liked that it was farther away from the bustle, yes?

People. It is okay if you want this freeway. But want it because you investigated it and all of the ramifications that come with putting it in. Want it because you in an informed, educated citizen who thinks about the health of the community as a whole. Don't be a follower who lets other people think for you and just does what you are told. Don't fall for slick materials, instead read, investigate, and make an informed decision.
mathnerd
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September 12, 2013
The fact that the commissioners made such a recommendation and then "take it back" shows their total ignorance. It would seem as though they are just doing things willy-nilly. What knowledge of this project do they even have beyond what they've been fed by UDOT? And I question the information they are fed by UDOT. Making a suggestion to UDOT as to where to put a local interchange is completely inappropriate and outside the scope of their job responsibilities. Their so-called letter of "approval" is a total joke considering that they've shown their complete ignorance of this entire project. And why would they "approve" a project that is lacking a local interchange??Furthermore, it shows UDOT's complete inadequacy in drafting this project. If UDOT has to rely on the commissioners for a recommended interchange, they UDOT should be fired. Really UODT? Shouldn't you have thought of this one a really long time ago??? Certainly BEFORE releasing your DEIS!
natlarson
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September 11, 2013
I agree with everything clipperfan has to say on this issue. Kaysville residents have fought like crazy to keep the proposed freeway from going through their city and now they are just praising UDOT for pretty much putting it somewhere else. Nobody in Farmington wants it either so what does that say about the need of the project in these two cities? I am sick of being told by UDOT and local politicians that we need this freeway when obviously the people of both Farmington and Kaysville hate the whole idea of it and really want to see improvements in mass transit and existing roadways instead. There are a lot of politics involved in the proposed building of the West Davis Corridor and I think if more of the public in west Davis County and the rest of Utah was aware of the inaccurate info. in the DEIS and local land developers and politicians involvement in the process, they would be less likely to just buy in to what UDOT has to say about it.
clipperfan
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September 11, 2013
What continues to be frustrating about this entire projected WDC is that there has been NO discussion/alternatives about making public transit work. Farmington does not have the population projections of other cities and does not need a fourth freeway.

WHEN is UTA and UDOT going to work TOGETHER and put our tax monies to good use? Davis county has been underrepresented by UTA according to their OWN admission. The reason many of us do not take frontrunner or UTA buses is because they are too expensive, there aren't enough routes, and they don't come frequently enough.

We don't have to take sides... in fact, the more that the media keeps talking about the Kaysville/Farmington disagreement, the more we all play into UDOT's plan of divide and conquer.

I say NO to the freeway in Farmington. I will let Kaysville speak for themselves. But, if a city wants a freeway, shouldn't they have it in their own city and not in another??? The entire way that UDOT is getting public comment encourages people to say "not my backyard".. why don't we ask, "does my OWN city want this, and if so, what will MY city do to encourage it."

Don't put a fourth freeway in Farmington's backyard. Two years ago we were the 12th best city to live across the nation according to Money Magazine. This year we are the 14th... if this fourth freeway goes in further butchering our neighborhoods apart, I don't think we'll even make the 100th....

Of course Kaysville is supportive...it is going through Farmington. Farmington might be supportive if it were going through Kaysville.. the whole process is meant to be divisive.... it is all part of the planning process... it has worked in the past and UDOT continues its shenanigans....
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