Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Utah Supreme Court Rewrites Sandy Referendum

Both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News report this morning that the Utah Supreme Court has rewritten the language for the Sandy gravel pit zoning referendum.

Reading the language, its pretty plain. It simply says, in part, "...the ordinance will amend the zoning category applicable to the 'Gravel Pit' (approximately 1000 East and 9400 South), to allow a number of new uses that are prohibited under the current zone. A yes vote will approve those changes."

No description of what those changes are, why they were considered, what the ramifications might be. Its now up to the voters, and of course, the two sides, to find out what and why. How many people that step into that voting both on November 8 will really have taken the time to find out what's up? How many will have heard the campaign ads from one side or the other, and which ones more often? At least when these issues are run by the Planning Commission and City Council, they know they are there to hear all the sides (including a staff report), discuss, ask questions, get answers, and make a decision.

Robyn Bagley of Save Our Communities, said, "We would have loved it if [the court] had put 'big boxes' in there. But, we're not disappointed."

Kelly Casaday of the Boyer Company summed it up, really, when he said, "Now, we're going to have a good time telling voters why they should vote yes."

Let the games begin!


At 8:35 AM, Blogger ARCritic said...

Every voter in Sandy is suppose to get a voter information pamphlet that has a 500 word argument for approval and a 500 word argument against approval. How many of the voters actually read that, I don't know, but they will get it. Beyond that is the campaigning by both sides. The voters will have opportunities to become educated without significant effort. That so many will not is simply a shame.

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Hippodamus said...

So it took the Utah Supremes to get rid of the "gobbledygook" (D News editorial) proposed by Sandy City. Planners and attorneys should learn a lesson here to avoid the use of jargon & gobbledygook.

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