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Slow snowy day update

February 16, 2021

So with the resumption of legislative activity following the holiday weekend, there’s not much to report.

 

There has been more action on appropriations, with lists of potential programs and projects in line for money this year.  Here’s a news story about what’s being considered that’s of interest to those in the community development/planning world, I think:  https://www.deseret.com/utah/2021/2/13/22280716/utah-legislature-face-mind-boggling-1-1-billion-infrastructure-requests-frontrunner-gondola

 

And a new bill introduced that would establish a Utah Lake a new entity to oversee rehabilitation and development around Utah Lake – HB364 – Utah Lake Authority.  Since the bill in a recent session that granted ability for a private entity to dredge and clean up the lake, and create new islands for future development, there’s been a lot of debate over the future of this troubled lake in the middle of a rapidly growing part of our state.  Here’s an interesting news story about this new bill:  https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2021/02/15/state-lawmakers-looking/

 

No Land Use Task Force bill – I’m beginning to think it’s not going to come out this session, or if it does it will be very late and would have to move along very quickly.  We shall see.

 

 

 

Wilf Sommerkorn

Co-Chair, APA Utah Legislative Committee

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