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Residents upset homes are being built near popular trail



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Gene Kennedy reportingSome residents in Salt Lake City's east bench are frustrated about homes popping up near a popular trail.

The Bonneville Shoreline trail leads to H Rock. Now, a home is being built next to the trailhead, and residents are upset about it.

It seems to be the exact situation former Mayor Rocky Anderson feared: homes cluttering the scenery.

In fact, the city partnered with the county to buy 13 areas in these foothills and celebrated an open-space victory last October.

Residents upset homes are being built near popular trail

But the 5,100-square-foot home that's being built next to the trail is on land that is not a part of that deal.

Larry Butcher, the Salt Lake City development supervisor said, "I can't speak to this transaction. This was done, of course, to try and maintain open space in the community, but these homes that are built in this subdivision are legal."

In fact, there are other parcels very close to this trail where more homes could be built.

Residents upset homes are being built near popular trail

But the open space manager said if the community has concerns, they need to apply for the land to be open space.

There's confusion over what's preserved and what's not, and some residents have told KSL the city isn't answering their questions and they feel misled.

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