S.B. 187

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Chief Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

House Sponsor: Daniel McCay


             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Rights-Of-Way Act by amending provisions relating to public
             10      uses constituting an abandonment and dedication of a highway to the public.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides that a highway, street, or road, for purposes of determining whether a
             14      highway is abandoned and dedicated to the use of the public, does not include an
             15      area principally used as a parking lot;
             16          .    repeals the requirement that a barricade be manned for it to be considered an
             17      interruption of the continuous use as a public thoroughfare; and
             18          .    makes technical corrections.
             19      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          72-5-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 341

             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

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House Committee Amendments 3-6-2014 le/sch
         Section 1. Section 72-5-104 is amended to read:
             29           72-5-104. Public use constituting dedication -- Scope.
             30          (1) As used in this section,"highway," "street," or "road" does not include an area
             31      principally used as a parking lot.
             32          [(1)] (2) (a) A highway is dedicated and abandoned to the use of the public when it has
             33      been continuously used as a public thoroughfare for a period of 10 years.
             34          (b) Dedication to the use of the public under Subsection [(1)] (2) does not require an
             35      act of dedication or implied dedication by the property owner.
             36          [(2)] (3) The requirement of continuous use under Subsection [(1)] (2) is satisfied if the
             37      use is as frequent as the public finds convenient or necessary and may be seasonal or follow
             38      some other pattern.
             39          [(3)] (4) Continuous use as a public thoroughfare under Subsection [(1)] (2) is
             40      interrupted only when:
             41          (a) the regularly established pattern and frequency of public use for the given road has
             42      actually been interrupted H. for a period of no less than 24 hours .H to a degree that
             42a      reasonably puts the traveling public on notice; or
             43          (b) for interruptions by use of a [manned] barricade on or after May 10, 2011:
             44          (i) H. if .H the person or entity interrupting the continuous use gives not less
             44a      than 72 hours
             45      advance written notice of the interruption to the highway authority having jurisdiction of the
             46      highway, street, or road; and
             47          (ii) the [manned] barricade is [maintained] in place for at least 24 consecutive hours
             47a      H. , then an interruption will be deemed to have occurred .H .
             48          [(4)] (5) Installation of gates and posting of no trespassing signs are relevant forms of
             49      evidence but are not solely determinative of whether an interruption has occurred.
             50          [(5)] (6) If the highway authority having jurisdiction of the highway, street, or road
             51      demands that an interruption cease or that a barrier or barricade blocking public access be
             52      removed and the property owner accedes to the demand, the attempted interruption does not
             53      constitute an interruption under Subsection [(3)] (4).
             54          [(6)] (7) (a) The burden of proving dedication under Subsection [(1)] (2) is on the party
             55      asserting the dedication.
             56          (b) The burden of proving interruption under Subsection [(3)] (4) is on the party
             57      asserting the interruption.
             58          [(7)] (8) The dedication and abandonment creates a right-of-way held by the state in

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     accordance with Sections 72-3-102 , 72-3-104 , 72-3-105 , and 72-5-103 .
             60          [(8)] (9) The scope of the right-of-way is that which is reasonable and necessary to
             61      ensure safe travel according to the facts and circumstances.
             62          [(9)] (10) (a) The provisions of this section apply to any claim under this section for
             63      which a court of competent jurisdiction has not issued a final unappealable judgment or order.
             64          (b) The Legislature finds that the application of this section:
             65          (i) does not enlarge, eliminate, or destroy vested rights; and
             66          (ii) clarifies legislative intent in light of Utah Supreme Court rulings in Wasatch
             67      County v. Okelberry, 179 P.3d 768 (Utah 2008), Town of Leeds v. Prisbrey, 179 P.3d 757
             68      (Utah 2008), and Utah County v. Butler, 179 P.3d 775 (Utah 2008).

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