KAYSVILLE — Farmington is on the offensive, Davis County officials are changing their comments and Kaysville is praising plans from the Utah Department of Transportation for West Davis Corridor.
The city council in Kaysville passed a resolution last month saying it fully supports the draft plan for the road, which has been proposed as a four-lane divided highway with a 250-foot right-of-way width from I-15, starting near Glovers Lane.
“It comports to what the council has at numerous times agreed upon,” said Gil Miller, North Salt Lake City Councilman.
The proposed route “fits well with the city’s land uses and land-use plans,” states the resolution. “It also “maximizes the use of private property and the human benefits while minimizing the adverse impacts to the natural environment.”
The route for the corridor is “beyond Kaysville City’s growth boundary and projected service area,” which earned the city’s full support, it said. The resolution of support passed unanimously.
Farmington sends scathing report
Meanwhile, Farmington issued a 49-page comment to UDOT criticizing the plan. The letter attacks the plan on several fronts, saying UDOT failed to look at conservation and farming easements properly, failed to work with city officials on land use planning, failed to look at relevant transit studies and got the specifics of several local roads wrong. The letter asks for a new draft study to be initiated that would include land east of I-15.
Farmington also wants an interchange in the city, and the proposal doesn’t include one. That would harm access for the new Station Park development.
“One reason the conservation easements were acquired in concert with the adjacent and nearby approved development (was)to provide a buffer from development, and the DEIS (draft environmental impact statement) has selected a route for the project that will cannibalize them,” the comment reads.
UDOT should not develop the road over the easements, which were to be protected in perpetuity, Farmington said in the comment. Instead, it should consider taking over developed land elsewhere.
County officials change their tune
Less than a week after that comment was sent, the County Commission amended its letter to UDOT about the project.
“We received a few emails that caused some consternation that was never intended,” said Commission Chair John Petroff.
Several of those emails came from residents of the Clark Lane area, part of which is a historic district. The county had recommended an interchange there, one that directly conflicted with Farmington’s city planning.
The original letter, approved two weeks ago, listed possible interchanges at Clark Lane or Shepard Lane and cited a need to serve Station Park.
Also in the letter, commissioners urged UDOT officials to work with local municipalities “to allow for adequate on and off ramp access points throughout the county.”
Commissioners praised UDOT for addressing what it termed the complex issues connected to the project.
Officials reiterated the need for the highway because population continues to grow, especially in the county’s northwest quadrant.
But primarily, the county letter was meant to praise the UDOT process.
“We’re trying not to pick sides,” Commissioner Bret Millburn said. “We’re just saying from what’s been presented thus far, there could be some additional opportunities for additional access points along the whole corridor.”
The second letter took out specific suggestions because the county is not an expert on such matters, he said.
Editor’s note: Louise R. Shaw, Tom Busselberg and Rebecca Palmer contributed to the reporting for this article.