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Utah Inland Port Update

The creation of an inland port in Salt Lake City’s westside holds the promise of tremendous economic benefit for both the City and the State. An inland port is a distribution hub where goods are imported and exported via rail, truck, and air. Over the past few years the City has completed the master planning and zoning changes for the area, known as the Northwest Quadrant, that helped prepare the area for development. Read more about the City’s Northwest Quadrant.

Although the Council wasn’t closely involved in the original bill the State legislature adopted in March of 2018 to guide the development of the inland port, they’ve been instrumental in identifying needed improvements.

Those improvements were just adopted as part of a Special Session of the State Legislature in July of 2018, and go a long way in better protecting the City’s interests in this important project. Those changes include requirements for:

  •  A written sustainability plan that will ensure responsible environmental practices are embedded in the port’s operations and practices from day one.
  •  A written business plan.
  •  Wetlands to be removed from the port boundaries.
  •  Ten percent of property tax increment to be dedicated to affordable housing.
  • Governing board members and staff members to meet the state’s ethics and other standards.
  • Cities in the port jurisdiction to be compensated for the fire, police and other services they provide.
  • The ability for affected individuals other than property owners to appeal decisions.
  • Clear procedures for the appeal process.
  • Written appeals and decisions within specific time frames with public input during the appeals process.

This new law guiding the development of the port isn’t perfect, but since the legislature already passed legislation creating the port and was moving quickly, there was a very small window of opportunity for the Council to act on behalf of its constituents. The Council is grateful to State leaders for the chance to represent the interests of all City residents and taxpayers.

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