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Eminent Domain

The power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character, following the payment of just compensation to the owner of that property. Federal, state, and…

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Grantsville makes zoning changes in attempt to block new prison

GRANTSVILLE — Grantsville city officials are taking matters into their own hands to prevent the Utah State Prison from landing inside the city’s borders, but that doesn’t mean the Utah Legislature will listen. The Grantsville Planning Commission unanimously passed city…

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New plan allows landowners to remove prairie dogs

  The Utah Wildlife Board approved a plan that will make it easier to remove and manage prairie dogs located on private property. The Utah prairie dog is one of three species of white-tailed prairie dogs in the United States,…


The Birth of Zoning Codes, a History

The story of American zoning is really the story of how Americans learned to legislate their NIMBY impulses. Before zoning, cities mostly regulated what could be built through nuisance laws. If someone didn’t like how their neighbor was using their…

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Finding Funding for Much-Needed Infrastructure Improvements

As part of the proposed budget, President Obama is again saying that now is the time to invest in U.S. infrastructure, calling for $478 billion in spending on roads, bridges, ports, and other transportation nodes. Among other examples, the water…

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Rally at Capitol blasts Utah’s ‘land-grab casino’

Photo Source: (Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lawmakers and environmental and public lands advocates rally against the public lands transfer in the capitol rotunda, Monday, March 2, 2015. Rally » Rep. Mike Noel of Kanab, under a hail…

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New Rural Economic Development Leader at GOED Brings Decades of Experience

Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development recently announced the appointment of Linda Clark Gillmor as the new Associate Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services and Director of the Office of Rural Development. In…

Utah Prison Relocation

State commission now looking at 5 spots for new Utah prison

SALT LAKE CITY — Five potential sites have been identified for the Utah State Prison to move to, but opponents continue to insist that it stay put in Draper. At a meeting Friday, the Prison Relocation Commission announced the new…