A flag of truce has been raised in the bitter political turf war between Lehi and American Fork.
American Fork is poised to vote on an interlocal agreement with Lehi regarding common boundaries at a 7:30 p.m. meeting tonight at City Hall, 31 N. Church St.The border agreement is arriving at a curious time, however.
A plan by Lehi city officials to claim land from about 7300 West to 7800 West and 8170 North to the shores of Utah Lake has yet to be finalized by the two cities and the Utah County Boundary Commission.
Developer Stan Sorensen set the stage for the battle last year when he proposed a 1,189-acre development on the lush county land cushioning the borders of the two cities. He asked Lehi to annex that land to build upscale homes and a golf course in the city.
Lehi City Recorder Evelyn Yates said the original plan has been pared down to 482 acres in the Mill Pond area on the west side of I-15. More than 50 residents filed a protest against the proposed annexation before the July 6 deadline.
Protesting residents claim Lehi officials approved the boundary change without calling for input from landowners. Homeowners say they are being dragged into the city limits against their will for fear of increased utility fees.
The protest also says Lehi has a reputation of catering to developers, placing farmland and open spaces in jeopardy. The majority also said they'd rather be annexed into American Fork.
"This annexation will be a foothold for developers, and the area could explode with future annexations," the protest says.
Yates said the petition lists the same names of residents who petitioned against a previous annexation attempt that was spurned by the boundary panel in April.
Boundary panel members said the Lehi annexation created an illegal peninsula of land and the council's vote to include the acreage on the city's land roster was overturned.
It was good news to American Fork officials, who didn't want to lose the acreage it considered part of the city to its northern neighbor.
The American Fork City Council also vowed not to let Lehi take the land without a fight, empowering Mayor Ted Barratt to begin negotiations with Lehi Mayor Ken Greenwood.
Versions of the annexation and boundary agreements have been tossed back and forth for several months.
Any protest must contain the signatures of the owners of private real property located in the unincorporated area within a half mile of the area proposed for annexation.