SALT LAKE CITY — The day after a long-awaited bill was filed to control the development of Salt Lake City's 24,000-acre northwest quadrant — leaving Salt Lake City leaders up in arms — city officials huddled in a closed-door meeting Wednesday to begin strategizing next steps.
The Salt Lake City Council entered a closed session after city economic development officials briefed them on SB234 and how it would give final land use decisions in the northwest quadrant to an appeals panel that would be controlled by a newly created Utah Inland Port Authority that has four state seats to the city's three.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and City Council leaders declined to discuss specifics of the closed-door meeting, but some council members said they discussed the city's legal options as it continues talks with state leaders on the bill.
"We're always negotiating," Biskupski told the Deseret News as she left the closed session and walked briskly to her office. She declined to comment further.
"Next is we continue to work with the sponsor of the bill," Council Chairwoman Erin Mendenhall said.Comment on this story
Councilman James Rogers also declined to discuss specifics of the closed session, but he said "everything was put on the table" for options to work with the state moving forward.
Rogers, who represents the city's west side, called SB234 "completely disheartening" and one that's "completely contrary" to what west-side residents asked of state leaders in a town hall meeting on Saturday.
Rogers said the city has no choice but to try to work with the state to make it more acceptable.
"In order for Salt Lake City to stay in this and for the state to not lay a heavy hand on us, we have to work together," he said.