The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that will allow Farmington, Kanab, Brigham City and Riverdale, Weber County, to either buy, trade for or remove restrictive clauses in deeds to federal lands.
The Omnibus Public Lands and National Forests Adjustments Act would allow Farmington to swap 73 acres of city land adjacent to the Wasatch National Forest for a small, federally owned parcel near the center of town.The bill would give Kanab the right to buy 1,380 acres from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management at fair market value. Planned uses include an airport, golf course, parks and private development.
The bill would allow Brigham City to eliminate restrictive clauses that required 106 acres at the former Intermountain School site to be used only for educational purposes. Changes would legally allow a golf course and parking lot there.
The bill would help Riverdale by removing a restrictive clause that has required 13 acres of former federal land to be used only as a park. The city would like to develop an industrial park.