The Highland Fling will be held July 28th through August 4th this year. Our theme is “We Rise by Lifting Others.” We expect this to be another great fling. However, in order for this to be the case your help is needed. We need volunteers to help with:
1. the Parade
3. Stage entertainment
4. Baby Contest
5. Garbage Management (this has been used in the past an Eagle Project)
6. Graphic Design
8. Other events
Please contact Julie Tapusoa at Julie@highlandcity.org or 801-772-4507 to help make this year’s fling one of our best. You can make a difference!
HJR 7: East-West Connector passed the house (70 to 0 with 5 abstentions) and will be voted on in the Senate shortly. Below is a summary of the resolution:
This joint resolution of the Legislature authorizes the Utah State Developmental Center Board (governing board) to approve the sale or long-term lease land associated with the Utah State Developmental Center (USDC) for the purpose of building an east-west connector road.
- recognizes the important role the USDC plays in the provision of resources and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities who have complex or acute needs;
- recognizes the contributions that members of the community make to the USDC;
- recognizes the value of an east-west connector road for the environment, the economy, the local community, and individuals who visit, volunteer, and work at the USDC; and
- authorizes the USDC Board governing board to approve the sale or
long-term lease of land associated with the USDC for the purpose of building an east-west connector road.
SJR 8: Authorizing the sale or lease of 143 acres of state land south of Lone Peak HS passed the Senate last week 20 to 5 with 4 abstentions. Here is a summary of this resolution:
This joint resolution authorizes the Utah State Developmental Center's governing board to approve the sale or long-term lease of 143 acres of land and water rights. Highlighted Provisions:
- recognizes the important role the Utah State Developmental Center plays in the provision of resources and support for disabled individuals with complex or acute needs in Utah; and
- authorizes the Utah State Developmental Center's governing board to approve the sale or long-term lease of 143 acres of land and water rights.
My biggest concern with this resolution is if the land is leased Highland City and Alpine School District will be required to provide services (public safety, classrooms, and teachers) for those residing in the area with diminished funding. Diminished funding? Here’s why, if land is owned by the state, the land is exempt from property tax. This means that while the legislature is looking for ways to put more money into public education a state agency could deprive a school district of funds while adding students to the district.
Another concern with leasing is that since the state retains ownership of the land, development on the land is not subject to local ordinances. That is what would allow for the planned high density housing (up to 60 units per acre). Higher density increases infrastructure and service costs for the city and adds an additional burden to the school district.
Here are some charts I put together based on the data from a master plan for the area that was approved by the legislature in 2014.
Please note the information for these charts came from page 43 of the USDC Master Plan which is subject to change. The executive summary states that 255 single family homes are to be constructed. I used the data from page 43 which shows 193 single family homes.
- HJR 7: Authorization to sell or lease land for East-West Connector
- Map of the road and land to be developed
- SJR 8: Authorization to sell or lease 143 acres south of Lone Peak
- USDC Master Plan approved by the legislature in 2014
- Google sheet with charts shown above
- Highland East-West Connector History
- East-West Connector and State Land, a Discussion with Senator Dayton (May 2016)
- Murdock Connector: An Analysis of the 2017 Traffic Study – this post contains a list of USDC Board members and their contact information along with a list of our legislators.
- An Open Meeting Violation is Being Referred to the County Attorney’s Office According to Senator Dayton (Oct 2016) – A discussion on the East-West Connector and Development South of the Lone Peak
- East-West Connector–What Can You Do Today?