West side residents, environment groups sound alarm over inland port bill

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  • sherlock holmes Roosevelt, UT
    March 5, 2018 9:25 a.m.

    The concept of a Port Authority has been talked about for some time. It is needed if the area wants to take advantage of several opportunities. The NW Quadrant is a good place for it, as there is already a fair amount of industry, transportation infrastructure, and available land there. Far better than the NE, SE or SW quadrants.

  • Glyz60 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    The justification being using to overdevelop and keep SLC officicals out of any decision making is "it will bring tons of jobs" - sure will, part-time at $10 per hour max, no medical benefits.

  • utahute69 Laguna Niguel, CA
    March 5, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    Turning near worthless property into a rather low environmental impact use like an inland port for some reason doesn't work for the environmentalist. After all, having a program that uses the property to generate income for the city and state must be suspect as a potential environmental disaster. And, then after SLC has proven itself to be inept at even managing homeless issues it wants to put its signature on the plan. So all the usual groups including the doctor that wants to involve his organization in all things regardless of environmental impact want to protest and "discuss this matter further. Perhaps the entire area should be tuned into a wind farm or even a solar energy production facility. We all know that would be a good a righteous use of the property. But why not just turn the property into a children's walking zoo. Of course a community environmental junior college and research center would be a good and nice addition. Oh don't forget the walking paths, bird watching stations, dog parks and miniature golf courses that could be added. Yes, that is the answer. Turn this area into a net long term tax payer cost project that won't be used due to the location

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 11:50 p.m.

    "Ann O'Connell with the Utah League of Women Voters said rumors have been flying over state plans to put in an oil tank field or to store coal — plans she says are in stark contrast to natural attributes of the area."

    This is not far fetched. There already is a railroad tank car - truck transload facility in the area just across I-15. This is starting to smell.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 4, 2018 10:08 p.m.

    West side residents don't live anywhere close to this development, but what is interesting to me is how this will create jobs in their area. With jobs come additional services. Maybe they can even figure out how to include a new hotel/convention center to help get the Olympics and other business? Who knows, maybe the outdoor retailer's Association will want to make use of these facilities, LOL.

  • Soft Spoken Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2018 6:51 p.m.

    It seems like there is something not right about the inland port authority. Why wait until very late in the session to introduce this bill. Could it be to stop a thorough discussion of the inland port authority. It would seem that more time is needed for a thorough discussion. Also Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton seems to be in a hurry. I am afraid there is too much of a chance that greed is pushing this project. Lets put this off for a season. Discuss it during the next year and present the bill at the beginning of next session. Then perhaps cooler heads will prevail and find that the bill as now written is not quite as it should be. Something this important need more discussion.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 4, 2018 5:20 p.m.

    Isn't Stevenson one of the guys constantly yelling about "government overreach" and "local control", anytime the Feds want to implement something in Utah? I guess big government overreach is just fine when it's his government overreaching.