A bill that would ban local initiatives or referendums for land-use or zoning measures, and would only allow protests before zoning ordinances are set, was approved by the House on Thursday.
"This preserves the integrity of the planning process by stopping people from petitioning the administrative process of land developing," said Rep. Kevin Garn, R-Layton, the bill's House sponsor. The bill will "in no way take away from the constitutional right of the people to petition their government."
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Brent Goodfellow, D-West Valley, said the bill is a way to protect private property rights from citizen-led initiatives.
SB53 now moves to the governor for his signature.