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First Substitute H.B. 429

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 12:14 PM by lerror. -->

Representative Gage Froerer proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Gage Froerer

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill creates guidelines for an exception to eminent domain actions regarding trails,
             10      paths, and walkways in a municipality.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    creates an exception to the prohibition on eminent domain for trails, paths, and
             14      other recreational uses;
             15          .    provides specific guidelines for the exception; and
             16          .    sets parameters for the municipality to make decisions and work with the property
             17      owner.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      ENACTS:
             24          78B-6-501.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 78B-6-501.5 is enacted to read:
             28          78B-6-501.5. Exception for trails, paths, and other ways for walking, bicycling,
             29      and equestrian use.
             30          (1) Notwithstanding Subsections 78B-6-50l (3)(e) and (11), a municipality may acquire
             31      private property by eminent domain for a trail, path, or other way for walking, hiking,
             32      bicycling, or equestrian use if:
             33          (a) after consultation with the property owner, the municipality has determined on the
             34      record that the segment of a trail, path, or other way is essential to connect or complete a
             35      discrete portion of the municipality's master planned urban trail system, the acquisition of
             36      which is at least H. [ 70% ] 85% .H complete;
             37          (b) when combined with any other trail, path or other way for walking, hiking,
             38      bicycling, or equestrian use authorized or created under this Section, requires no more than
             39      one-half mile in trail length in the aggregate from an individual property owner, including its
             40      parent, subsidiary, or related owned entities, regardless of the number of trails or trail segments
             41      within the municipality's urban trail system;
             42          (c) the property to be acquired by the municipality is within:
             43          (i) the incorporated boundary of the municipality;
             44          (ii) the annexation boundaries identified in the current annexation policy plan that the
             45      municipality has adopted pursuant to Section 10-2-401.5 , unless the property owner or its
             46      parent, subsidiary, or related owned entities provides a majority of municipal services on its
             47      property; or
             48          (iii) an area the municipality has continuously provided one or more municipal-type
             49      services for at least one year;
             50          (d) the municipality has, after obtaining input from the property owner, adopted the
             51      least disruptive trail segment alignment for the property owner consistent with the
             52      municipality's reasonable objectives for the public investment in the trail system; and
             53          (e) if requested by the property owner, the municipality has agreed to install screening
             54      or fencing on the owner's property at the municipality's expense to protect the property owner's
             55      reasonable expectation of privacy and security.
             56          (2) Any condemnation for a trail, path, or other way for walking, hiking or equestrian

             57      use shall be subordinate to competing public uses under Section 78B-6-501 .

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