Affordable housing on Utah's federal lands? Lee proposes trio of bills

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  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    July 3, 2018 4:52 p.m.

    While I like Mike; I think he punted here.
    It would have been nice if Lake Tahoe were still surrounded by "public lands" and not private enclaves for the wealthy and somehow i don think releasing BLM land in west Box Elder or Millard counties is going to affect housing prices on the Wasatch front.

    Although environmental extremists don't seem to offer a viable alternative. They seem to want to "lock up" land for private wealthy/healthy individuals (but get the taxpayer to pay for it) all the time.

    Support for the Bishop land compromise would have solved a lot of problems and current opposition to an Escalante national park or other options that are more welcoming than wilderness/monuments, continue to be counterproductive

  • 22Ray Sandy, UT
    July 3, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    'Playgrounds for the faraway elites'? Seriously? Other than the National Parks, Lake Powell, etc. Utahans are the ones that use Utah's public lands more than anyone else for hiking, fishing , camping, biking, not 'faraway elites'. His comment to use Utah's public lands for affordable housing is laughable. Who does he think he's kidding? He doesn't care about affordable housing. This will be another bait and switch to grab the land and sell it to developers. No one is fooled.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    July 2, 2018 5:57 p.m.

    Mikey -- Let the federal-owned lands remain pristine and untouched. Don't try to despoil and over-use them. Be a good steward of the lands, don't try to over-use them. Enough is enough.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    June 30, 2018 1:10 p.m.

    The analogy to land being the playground of the wealthy totally makes sense to all who have followwed events in Moab. These regulations limit access to building supplies and space in ways that drive up housing prices. Although the true key to ending unaforadability is for Utahns to embrace more high rise development.

  • Yuge Opportunity Here Mapleton, UT
    June 30, 2018 10:27 a.m.

    40 acres and a mule? In 2018?

    I can see it now. They will demand sewer and water and roads and a library and schools and a hospital and bandwidth...all before the new owners would turn a shovel.

    You could maybe play that non-profit angle, but that is messy. What if the Branch Davidians or the Big Loves want 30 parcels? Of course, they'd go right to work with improvements of their own, but Uncle Sam wouldn't like it. (Read your history books from about 1830 to the present.

    That leaves developers. And that one's even more frightening.

    The left does not seem to be predisposed to communes these days; not without subsidies.

    So, here we are Senator Lee. Time to talk turkey. Who is going to do it? Making this rose blossom takes a lot of work.

  • ConservativeCommonTater West Valley City, UT
    June 30, 2018 9:39 a.m.

    Just another local Mormon Republican trying to "take back" lands that the state never owned. This is not even a poorly veiled attempt. Why is Lee presenting it to the ultra-right-wing-Mormon-Republican Sutherland Institute instead of Congress?

    No "affordable housing" on public lands. If that happened our developer home builder legislators would lay claim to that land because they would then own it, not the Feds.

    Fight against this attempt to privatize Federal lands.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 30, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    Affordable housing is a must in all areas. Some large cities built projects to achieve this goal and many were failures. Before building housing, politicians should consider the problems encountered by Cabrini Green in Chicago and other projects that have been demolished. It would be more effective to intersperse affordable housing into existing communities and schools. Segregating affordable housing into isolated social units will only exacerbate existing problems. The difficulty is that some communities will not allow "those people" to move in, i.e. proposed Cottonwood Mall and Harriman developments.

  • stevo123 Driggs, ID
    June 29, 2018 8:45 p.m.

    The public lands are what make Utah so great. To sell them off is foolish.

  • sgallen Salt Lake City, UT
    June 29, 2018 7:30 p.m.

    I'm not sure I understand his proposal. The only places you can put homes are places with water. Most BLM land in Utah are desert. Does he want to sell off the national forests? The beauty of living in this state is having outdoor playgrounds more or less to yourself. Sure, there's lots of federal land, but it's usually far from urban centers. Does he just want more sprawl? Build more highways all over God's creation?