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EMINENT DOMAIN AMENDMENTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Aaron Tilton

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Senate Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies provisions relating to eminent domain.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    clarifies an exclusion from a public use relating to trails, paths, or other ways for
             13      walking, hiking, bicycling, equestrian use, or other recreational uses for which
             14      eminent domain may not be used; and
             15          .    excludes certain parks from the scope of what is a public use for purposes of
             16      eminent domain.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78B-6-501, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
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             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78B-6-501 is amended to read:
             27           78B-6-501. Eminent domain -- Uses for which right may be exercised.
             28          Subject to the provisions of this part, the right of eminent domain may be exercised on
             29      behalf of the following public uses:


             30          (1) all public uses authorized by the Government of the United States[.];
             31          (2) public buildings and grounds for the use of the state, and all other public uses
             32      authorized by the Legislature[.];
             33          (3) (a) public buildings and grounds for the use of any county, city [or incorporated],
             34      town, or board of education;
             35          (b) reservoirs, canals, aqueducts, flumes, ditches, or pipes for conducting water for the
             36      use of the inhabitants of any county [or], city, or [incorporated] town, or for the draining of any
             37      county, city, or [incorporated] town;
             38          (c) the raising of the banks of streams, removing obstructions from streams, and
             39      widening, deepening, or straightening their channels;
             40          (d) bicycle paths and sidewalks adjacent to paved roads;
             41          (e) roads, streets, and alleys for public vehicular use, excluding trails, paths, or other
             42      ways for walking, hiking, bicycling, equestrian use, or other recreational uses, or whose primary
             43      purpose is as a foot path, equestrian trail, bicycle path, or walkway; and
             44          (f) all other public uses for the benefit of any county, city, or [incorporated] town, or its
             45      inhabitants[.];
             46          (4) wharves, docks, piers, chutes, booms, ferries, bridges, toll roads, byroads, plank and
             47      turnpike roads, roads for transportation by traction engines or road locomotives, roads for
             48      logging or lumbering purposes, and railroads and street railways for public transportation[.];
             49          (5) reservoirs, dams, watergates, canals, ditches, flumes, tunnels, aqueducts and pipes
             50      for the supplying of persons, mines, mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores,
             51      with water for domestic or other uses, or for irrigation purposes, or for the draining and
             52      reclaiming of lands, or for the floating of logs and lumber on streams not navigable, or for solar
             53      evaporation ponds and other facilities for the recovery of minerals in solution[.];
             54          (6) (a) roads, railroads, tramways, tunnels, ditches, flumes, pipes, and dumping places
             55      to facilitate the milling, smelting, or other reduction of ores, or the working of mines, quarries,
             56      coal mines, or mineral deposits including minerals in solution;
             57          (b) outlets, natural or otherwise, for the deposit or conduct of tailings, refuse or water


             58      from mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores, or from mines, quarries, coal
             59      mines or mineral deposits including minerals in solution;
             60          (c) mill dams;
             61          (d) gas, oil or coal pipelines, tanks or reservoirs, including any subsurface stratum or
             62      formation in any land for the underground storage of natural gas, and in connection with that,
             63      any other interests in property which may be required to adequately examine, prepare, maintain,
             64      and operate underground natural gas storage facilities;
             65          (e) solar evaporation ponds and other facilities for the recovery of minerals in solution;
             66      and
             67          (f) any occupancy in common by the owners or possessors of different mines, quarries,
             68      coal mines, mineral deposits, mills, smelters, or other places for the reduction of ores, or any
             69      place for the flow, deposit or conduct of tailings or refuse matter[.];
             70          (7) byroads leading from highways to residences and farms[.];
             71          (8) telegraph, telephone, electric light and electric power lines, and sites for electric
             72      light and power plants[.];
             73          (9) sewerage of any city or town, or of any settlement of not less than ten families, or of
             74      any public building belonging to the state, or of any college or university[.];
             75          (10) canals, reservoirs, dams, ditches, flumes, aqueducts, and pipes for supplying and
             76      storing water for the operation of machinery for the purpose of generating and transmitting
             77      electricity for power, light or heat[.];
             78          (11) cemeteries and public parks[.], except for a park whose primary use is:
             79          (a) as a trail, path, or other way for walking, hiking, bicycling, or equestrian use; or
             80          (b) to connect other trails, paths, or other ways for walking, hiking, bicycling, or
             81      equestrian use;
             82          (12) pipe lines for the purpose of conducting any and all liquids connected with the
             83      manufacture of beet sugar[.]; and
             84          (13) sites for mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores and necessary to
             85      their successful operation, including the right to take lands for the discharge and natural


             86      distribution of smoke, fumes, and dust, produced by the operation of works, provided that the
             87      powers granted by this subsection may not be exercised in any county where the population
             88      exceeds 20,000, or within one mile of the limits of any city or incorporated town nor unless the
             89      proposed condemner has the right to operate by purchase, option to purchase or easement, at
             90      least 75% in value of land acreage owned by persons or corporations situated within a radius of
             91      four miles from the mill, smelter or other works for the reduction of ores; nor beyond the limits
             92      of the four-mile radius; nor as to lands covered by contracts, easements, or agreements existing
             93      between the condemner and the owner of land within the limit and providing for the operation
             94      of such mill, smelter, or other works for the reduction of ores; nor until an action shall have
             95      been commenced to restrain the operation of such mill, smelter, or other works for the
             96      reduction of ores.


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