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AN AERIAL VIEW of the Glover Lane alternative. The Davis Chamber of Commerce backs UDOT’s choice of this route as their preference for the West Davis Corridor. 
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AN AERIAL VIEW of the Glover Lane alternative. The Davis Chamber of Commerce backs UDOT’s choice of this route as their preference for the West Davis Corridor. Courtesy image
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BY TOM BUSSELBERG

Associate Editor 

KAYSVILLE — The Davis Chamber of Commerce agrees with the Utah Department of Transportation that the West Davis Corridor should be built near Glover Lane.

“Based on information gathered we believe the study is thorough and conclusions are sound,” said Chamber President Jim Smith.

The Glover Lane route was announced as UDOT’s preferred alternative early this month. Opponents, especially those from Syracuse, say it that option would negatively impact the area around Syracuse Arts Academy. They have numerous other complaints as well.

Smith said the chamber “strongly supports the need for an additional north/south transportation corridor on the west side of Davis County.”

Smith cited population growth projections for the next 30 years and current congestion on I-15 as creating “a vital need” for more transportation infrastructure.

Legacy Highway’s construction in south Davis County and opening of FrontRunner have “dramatically reduced congestion and improved the commute time to points south,” the chamber CEO said. 

“Building a complex artery is a very emotional issue,” Smith said, especially for those whose property and lives are impacted. 

He praised UDOT’s efforts to encourage participation from residents, governments and businesses that will be affected.

UDOT’s recommendation followed a draft Environmental Impact Statement, but the decision is not final. A 90-day comment period closes in August. In addition, several public hearings are planned. 

Public hearings are scheduled June 11 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington, June 12 at West Point Junior High School and June 13 at Freedom Elementary School in Hooper, Weber County.

“Under every scenario, Davis County will need to focus on higher density housing and transit oriented development if we are to maintain our quality of life and encourage economic growth,” he said.

A final decision on the route is expected to be announced in the spring of 2014, after a review of all input and the Federal Highway Administration’s OK of UDOT’s findings. 

Learn more about the opposition at savefarmington.org. Read about the other perspective by visiting Protestors of the Shepard Lane West Corridor Route on Facebook.

The Chamber’s statement is a change from statements its leadership made in 2011. Then, the chamber wanted UDOT to adhere to the original 2001 Corridor Preservation plan.

editor@utahislander.com

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mathnerd
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June 01, 2013
“Under every scenario, Davis County will need to focus on higher density housing and transit oriented development if we are to maintain our quality of life and encourage economic growth,” he said.

Ok, so when are we to start doing this Mr. Chamber of Commerce? AFTER we build the West Davis Freeway out west . . . THEN we'll start focusing on higher density housing and transit-oriented development????

Has anyone noticed all the lots for sale near the proposed Shepard Lane alternative? Now that Glover Lane is the proposed alternative, there are a ton of lots for sale out by Shepard Lane by the Adams Group (owned by Senator Stuart Adams). Well that's convenient for our senator, isn't it? Not surprising that he was chairman of the Transportation Committee and he was a huge proponent of putting the freeway out west.

What's make our Chamber change their position? Just wondering.
clipperfan
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June 01, 2013
How can we get an outside investigation into those allegations? It seems a HUGE conflict of interest to be chairman of the transportation committee AND own land being considered for development by UDOT.... and those fast changing numbers and decisions seemed a 180 degree turn from their previous numbers and decisions... MathNerd, will you bring this point up to the media on June 11th at 6:00 at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington? Maybe someone from a news station could do an investigative piece on this...
clipperfan
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May 31, 2013
“Under every scenario, Davis County will need to focus on higher density housing and transit oriented development if we are to maintain our quality of life and encourage economic growth,” he said."

------ I wonder if they have considered "under every scenario" that Utah was rated the WORST POLLUTED state in the nation only a couple of months ago... I AGREE that if we are to maintain THAT quality of life, that Glover Lane is the EXACT solution! However, if we want to IMPROVE our quality of life, I say we look to SMARTER solutions that don't involve killing us all from the effects that this pollution will bring us! Glover Lane is NOT the solution! UDOT played a game with the number of wetlands involved, and it is all about making money, and LOTS of it. Say goodbye to good use of taxpayer money AND our childrens' health... oh yeah, and by the way, say hello to higher and higher medical costs when people all through Davis County get sick from the added pollution. ELECTIONS ARE COMING UP.... Vote for representatives who truly represent their communities!

Ilikebirds
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May 31, 2013
I am just wondering if President Jim Smith has ever looked at the study cause those conclusions ain't sound. 4 extra miles of freeway just on the Glover's lane end of things, acres and acres of wetlands and green space destroyed (LEDPA anyone?) Looks like President Jim and our friend Stuie Adams are both drinking the same funny Kool-Aid.
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