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First Substitute H.B. 323

Representative Aaron Tilton proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Aaron Tilton

Senate Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

             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;
             15          .    excludes emergency access ways as a public use for which eminent domain may be
             16      used; and
             17          .    excludes certain parks from the scope of what is a public use for purposes of
             18      eminent domain.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          78B-6-501, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3

             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 78B-6-501 is amended to read:
             29           78B-6-501. Eminent domain -- Uses for which right may be exercised.
             30          Subject to the provisions of this part, the right of eminent domain may be exercised on
             31      behalf of the following public uses:
             32          (1) all public uses authorized by the Government of the United States[.];
             33          (2) public buildings and grounds for the use of the state, and all other public uses
             34      authorized by the Legislature[.];
             35          (3) (a) public buildings and grounds for the use of any county, city [or incorporated],
             36      town, or board of education;
             37          (b) reservoirs, canals, aqueducts, flumes, ditches, or pipes for conducting water for the
             38      use of the inhabitants of any county [or], city, or [incorporated] town, or for the draining of any
             39      county, city, or [incorporated] town;
             40          (c) the raising of the banks of streams, removing obstructions from streams, and
             41      widening, deepening, or straightening their channels;
             42          (d) bicycle paths and sidewalks adjacent to paved roads;
             43          (e) roads, streets, and alleys for public vehicular use, excluding:
             44          (i) trails, paths, or other ways for walking, hiking, bicycling, equestrian use, or other
             45      recreational uses, or whose primary purpose is as a foot path, equestrian trail, bicycle path, or
             46      walkway; and
             47          (ii) paths, lanes, or other ways for emergency access; and
             48          (f) all other public uses for the benefit of any county, city, or [incorporated] town, or its
             49      inhabitants[.];
             50          (4) wharves, docks, piers, chutes, booms, ferries, bridges, toll roads, byroads, plank
             51      and turnpike roads, roads for transportation by traction engines or road locomotives, roads for
             52      logging or lumbering purposes, and railroads and street railways for public transportation[.];
             53          (5) reservoirs, dams, watergates, canals, ditches, flumes, tunnels, aqueducts and pipes
             54      for the supplying of persons, mines, mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores,
             55      with water for domestic or other uses, or for irrigation purposes, or for the draining and
             56      reclaiming of lands, or for the floating of logs and lumber on streams not navigable, or for solar

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

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

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