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The bottom line in the escalating border battle between Salt Lake City and North Salt Lake is this: the land in question ought to be preserved in its pristine state, not developed!
And beyond the 80 acres or so in dispute, KSL believes other communities along the Wasatch Front should be more protective of our precious foothills. Less development while preserving what open space remains would not be a bad thing.
The pressure to go higher and denser, especially with housing, will only increase as the state’s population soars in coming decades. The short term benefits for municipal coffers through land sales and various assessments must not totally supplant the long-term value of protecting significant portions of the natural landscape.
As one Salt Lake City Councilman has said repeatedly, “it is time to draw a line in the sand.”
Similar lines need to be drawn in more areas, by other city councils and local planning commissions all along the Wasatch Front.
While KSL understands the desire of North Salt Lake leaders to do what they think best on city owned land that sits, interestingly, within the boundaries of Salt Lake City, Mayor Rocky Anderson and other capital city leaders are right to do all they can to keep the disputed terrain as it is.