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Growth, Development Put the Squeeze on Land for Cemeteries

Growth, Development Put the Squeeze on Land for Cemeteries



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The pace of growth in Utah County means more people must share the area's finite land resources -- and that includes the dead.

Many local communities say they need to increase the size of their cemeteries.

Officials in Alpine, Orem, Pleasant Grove and Provo, say they've already acquired more cemetery property. Provo is currently negotiating for land and American Fork is also looking to expand.

Mapleton, Eagle Mountain and Genola don't have city-owned cemeteries, but city officials there say residents want them established.

But officials say it isn't easy to acquire land for burial plots in the midst of a real estate boom.

National Funeral Directors Association spokesman Shaun Myers says historically cities have planned for cemeteries just like the plan for roads and utilities.

But he says the founding father of most town didn't anticipate so much growth.

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Information from: The Daily Herald

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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