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Guest Editorial

Ricardo Velarde, member Utah Alliance for Citizens Rights. Park City

Regarding SB 170: Local Government Land Use and Impact Fee Revisions. Park City, wake up, please!

The Utah Alliance for Citizens Rights has come up with a very simplified version of what this bill, sponsored by Senator Al Mansell, is about and why the group adamantly opposes it. Why is the Alliance against SB170? *Refer to 988-990. "Public Clamor" clause goes after the right of free speech. These references remove freedom of speech from the process by making public meetings illegal. It redefines arbitrary and capricious to include public clamor. If citizens speak out against land use decisions, the bill requires that a judge will have to define that as arbitrary and capricious. The bill defines how a judge must rule. 1. It takes away the citizen’s right of referendum on land use issues.* The bill seeks to define land use decisions as administrative, not legislative, denying the citizens right to referendum. The citizens are left with no recourse and democracy is denied. 2. It takes away property rights. A property owner’s rights are not protected when the property surrounding them is not governed by zoning. The "anything goes" method could have a negative effect on property values. Their investment is not protected. 3. It takes local control and the ability to make planning and zoning decisions away from elected officials and city leaders. The ramifications of this could be detrimental to quality of life for citizens of a community. Again, the "anything goes" method could wreak havoc on a community. To see the full version of this bill, you can go online to At the present time the bill is being studied by the Senate Business and Labor Committee, of which sponsor Mansell is a member. To call the senate, the phone number is (801) 538-1035. The members of this committee are: Sen. Scott Jenkins, chair, sjenkins; home (801) 731-5120. Sen. Al Mansell, amansell; home (801) 942-6019. Sen. Gene Davis, gdavis; home (801) 484-9428. Sen. Thomas Hatch, thatch; home (435) 676-2214. Sen. Parley Hellewell, parley; home (801) 226-3033; fax, (801) 224-8991. Sen. John (Bill) Hickman, bhickman; home (435) 674-5203. Sen. Sheldon Killpack, skillpack; home (801) 773-5486. Sen. Ed Mayne, emayne; home (801) 968-7756; fax (801) 972-9344 Sen Michael Waddoups, mwaddoups; (801) 355-1136

Phone, e-mail or fax these senators and tell them to vote NO on SB 170! The easiest way to find any information at the Utah Senate is to Google "senatesite." You can also log on to or

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