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Utah Inland Port

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Last March, after the Inland Port bill had passed in the 2018 regular Legislative session, and it was clear that the project was moving forward regardless, the Council and Mayor were invited by State leaders to negotiate the City and public’s strong opposition to key aspects of the inland port legislation. The City Council had to make a decision on whether to attempt to influence change from a distance or engage directly in conversations with State officials.

As public servants, we determined the best course of action was to engage and inform stakeholders about the impact to City residents by providing data and feedback to make the situation much better, or, at a minimum, mitigate potentially negative impacts on Salt Lake City.

Timeline

Council Inland Port Timeline

Background

 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.

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 were instrumental in identifying needed improvements that were adopted as part of a Special Session of the State Legislature in July of 2018. Read more about the changes under the “New Legislation – HB2001” tab below. 

Recently, the Council adopted zoning text amendments related to the Inland Port. The City needed to adopt zoning changes by the end of 2018 to satisfy State Code requirements. Additionally, the amendments include a requirement for an impact mitigation plan for conditional uses and development standards for activities that involve transporting, unloading, loading, transferring or temporarily storing natural resources. The Council held public hearings on this proposal on November 13 and November 27 before taking action on December 4, 2018.

Read the changes and visit Planning’s website for more information on the Inland Port zoning modification.

Experts on Inland Port Present at Council Meetings


The City Council held three robust information gathering sessions to learn from experts about the project and potential impacts and opportunities. Presentations included an overview of the board that will govern the port, environmental topics, transparency, community feedback, and taxing.

These information gathering sessions were an important part of the Council’s efforts to identify potential improvements to the State’s Inland Port law. The Council encourages residents to watch the discussions on the inland port video page.

New Legislation - HB2001

Improvements adopted as part of a Special Session of the State Legislature in July of 2018 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.

HB 2001, Utah Inland Port Authority Amendments

HB2001 vs SB234 Comparison Chart

Utah Inland Port Authority Jurisdictional Land Map

Utah Inland Port Authority Boundaries Map

City Council Fact Sheet

Read an outline summarizing the key changes and improvements that were made to the Port statute as a result of the Council engaging in discussion with the State.

Utah Inland Port Authority Board


HB 2001 established the Utah Inland Port Authority and its jurisdictional land boundary.

At the request of the Utah Port Authority Board Chair, the Council has authorized staff to temporarily assist the Port board with limited operational assistance, such as meeting agenda preparation, providing meeting information to the public, and coordinating for meeting minutes.

Council assistance will continue until board staff is assembled.

Board meeting agendas, meeting minutes and other agenda material can be found at utahinlandport.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions pertaining to Land Use, money, City and State related authority, and the Legislative process.

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