Monday, July 03, 2006

Potboiler in the Southwest

Plenty of action taking place in the southwest -- part of Salt Lake County, that is.

A story in the DesNews talks about the desire of the residents of far southwest Salt Lake County (beyond Herriman, near Butterfield and Rose Canyons) to keep out development by creating a township. Mixed "blessings," those townships. Sort of just delays the inevitable, I think. It's darn hard to maintain that spread-out, rural feel when you are directly adjacent to a rapidly growing metropolitan area. It's much easier to accomplish someplace where there isn't so much growth pressure. Is it all about meeting the desires of the current residents, or is it a form of burying heads in the sand and failing to acknowledge what will be? It's an all-to-typical story.

Another DesNews story about the vote that took place last Tuesday in Bluffdale on the referendum that was part of the reason landowners petitioned for (and won) the right to separate themselves from the city. The vote was close, but did uphold the action of the (then) council to create the "special development zone." It's pretty much a moot point now, because the owners won their case in district court to have the property de-annexed. An appeal before the state supreme court may change things, however, but we shall see. Don't think there would be much question that the current council would rescind the zone, but it's a rather politically-charged topic right now, it's hard to say what would happen. Interesting, though, to see what actually happened with the referendum vote.

8 Comments:

At 4:00 PM, Blogger ARCritic said...

So is that 2 times that referenda have failed to overturn seemingly unpopular decisions of city councils? It is obviously a good delaying tactic (and one that requires relatively little popular support) but ultimately a mixed bag of results.

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger Student-Builder said...

Once again, citizens are in denial of the fact that the Wasatch Front is Urban. The solution to growth is proper planning, not just delaying tactics and large lot zoning. Growth is upon us. We need to anticipate and prepare for it in a positive way.

We shouldn't be allowing a few selfish property owners to bend the rules in order to mainain their piece of the pie.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Utah Peaknik said...

I hope that Wilf's absence of posts for the last two weeks indicates that he finally has sat down and read "The Long Emergency" and www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net.

Maybe he's still recovering from the cold slap in the face?

 
At 5:51 AM, Blogger google_PEAK_OIL said...

Or maybe he's just taking a vacation. Everybody's entitled to one. I doubt he makes any more money on this blog than you do on "utahpeakoil". He blogs out of a sense of civic duty, just like you do. He has already admitted to being familiar with some of Kunstler's writings, as anyone involved in the suburban sprawl debate on either side should be. Don't be too hard on him.

Speaking of "The Long Emergency", I walked in to the Layton Barnes and Noble the other day and found the paperback version prominently displayed on a store front sales table right beside Deffeyes' "Beyond Oil: The View From Hubbert's Peak". Awareness is growing.

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger James said...

Where is Wilf hiding these days?

 
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