LDS Church looking at proposals for future freeway: "LDS Church looking at proposals for future freeway The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is looking at its farmland in Utah County as a possible route for a new freeway. June 25th, 2009 @ 1:28pm SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is looking at its farmland in Utah County as a possible route for a new freeway.
Future projections show hundreds of thousands of people could be living on the western side of Utah County within the next several decades.
A good chunk of farmland near Saratoga Springs, the Cedar Valley and the Genola area are owned by The LDS Church. The Church hired consultants to find the best possible freeway routes through that land.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Timothy Parker has been looking over the proposals. 'Proposed extension goes through part of Saratoga Springs and then crosses the foothills of Lake Mountain into Eagle Mountain and continues down through Cedar Valley all the way to the south end of Utah Lake,' he said.
Parker says now is the time to start preserving land for future transportation corridors, something he wishes would have been done even earlier.
Don't expect to see construction starting up any time soon. It could be up to 50 years before the state decides it is time to put in a freeway."
ksl.com - Utah water project to get $50 million: "Utah water project to get $50 million April 15th, 2009 @ 5:53pm SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A long-planned project to funnel water from the Uinta Basin to the Wasatch Front will get $50 million in federal stimulus money.
The Department of Interior says about $41 million will go toward construction of pipelines to get more water to Utah and Salt Lake counties.
The Central Utah Project is anticipated to eventually bring more than 100,000 acre feet of Colorado River water per year to the area, roughly enough to meet the demands of about 100,000 households.
Department officials say the other $9 million will help pay for construction of a Ute Indian fish hatchery and other fish and wildlife projects. Other funds will go toward helping the endangered June sucker in Utah Lake.
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Additional infrastructure in South Utah County will help that area to grow over the coming years.
ELBERTA — A new Utah County zone that allows for growth including industrial, commercial, office and residential may have an early taker with a huge paper factory.
"This has been in the mill for some time," County Commissioner Larry Ellerton said Tuesday.
However, county officials are tight-lipped over the name of the paper company, which includes toilet paper among its products. They said it is an East Coast company and is making overtures for a Western operation with access to a rail line, natural gas, water and power, all of which the acreage near Elberta has.
"They wanted it shovel-ready by April," Utah County Planning Commission Chairman Dean Miner said.
County commissioners created the new Planned Community Zone two weeks ago on the heels of setting up a specific area plan, or master plan, on both sides of Redwood Road and north and south of U.S. 6 encompassing some 50,000 acres in the Goshen Valley. The two largest landowners are The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Utah's school trust lands. Private owners are included in the mix, county planner Jeff Mendenhall said.
Commissioners placed the new zone on just LDS Church farmland, about 25,000 acres. No site plans have yet been received, Mendenhall said.
Before a large plant can come in, extensive infrastructure construction would have to take place, he added, including roads, a power substation and access to the natural gas line that runs through the area.
Once online it would employ as many as 1,000 to 1,200 people, Ellertson said. Initially it would begin with 400 hires.
"It is for sure coming," he said.
So what does that mean for Mosida Orchards? That means growth on both the North side in Saratoga Springs and growth on the South side in Elberta. This will ultimately create much more than the 1,000-1,200 jobs noted from the article. This plant would bring new business to South Utah county to support those people.
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