LEHI — City leaders in Lehi, Draper and Highland are fighting a land war, each city wanting computer giant Micron Technology Inc. to annex property into its respective city.
The 158 acres in question are split into two island-like pieces of unincorporated Utah County and are surrounded by Draper to the north, Highland to the east and Lehi to the west and south.
Micron owns nearly 2,000 acres in the area, a portion in Lehi, more in Draper and a chunk in unincorporated Utah County. Its IM Flash NAND memory plant (a joint venture between Micron and Intel) is in Lehi at 1550 E. 3400 North. Micron approached Lehi about the annexation.
In a meeting with Lehi city leaders earlier this year, Micron officials said they want all of the company's land in one jurisdiction. That could potentially mean de-annexing hundreds of acres from Draper. For now, Micron officials are working on a master plan for company property with Lehi city staff.
"One of the roadblocks to this is the fact that they have property that sits in three jurisdictions — Lehi, Draper and unincorporated county," said Jamie Davidson, Lehi city administrator. "It's not Lehi proactively seeking them out. Micron approached us, making this request of us. We believe it makes sense from a utility perspective."
Officials in Highland and Draper disagree and have sent petitions to Lehi and the Utah County Boundary Commission.
"As a council, we will vigorously protest the annexation of this land into Lehi, and we welcome and encourage the owners of the Intel/Micron plant to annex this property into Highland city," said Scott Smith, a Highland City councilman.
Highland elected officials are particularly upset about an interlocal agreement they signed with Lehi in May 1999 that established a future municipal boundary line "and was created in good faith," Smith said.
Highland has installed utilities for water and sewer within the right of way along Highland Boulevard. Micron's larger 100-acre unincorporated parcel abuts the major street.
"We think that it would be unwise to establish a multi-jurisdictional conflict concerning utilities along Highland Boulevard," Smith said. "If Lehi annexes this property, (it) would establish a wedge of Lehi situated between Highland and Draper."
Ownership of Highland Boulevard utilities, providing police and fire services and future density in the area are other concerns. The property has been proposed to be annexed into Highland for years.
Draper has a similar policy from 2002, detailing plans for Micron's 50.58-acre parcel, which sits at the base of Draper development Traverse Mountain.
"This parcel holds interest for Draper because, as this portion of mountain develops, we'll need a sewer line to run through the parcel," said Draper city attorney Doug Ahlstrom.
That sewer line is key, he added, as Micron's unincorporated land is on a mountainside, and the gravity pull of future sewer lines is vital.
If Lehi owns the property, Draper fears roadway access and water storage would come from Draper instead of Lehi.
Davidson said Lehi officials have put the annexation process on hold so the three municipalities can resolve their issues. No specific timetable has been set.
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