Grantsville makes zoning changes in attempt to block new prison

Utah Land

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 code changes Wednesday night to forbid construction of the new prison in the city.

“We feel like we have the right to say what can be built within our community,” said Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall.

The approved zoning changes add prisons and other correctional facilities to the city’s land-use management and development codes and would mandate that no prison, jail or correctional facility will be allowed in residential, agricultural or commercial zones. It only allows a prison to be built in manufacturing zones with a conditional-use permit, Marshall said.

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