Chief Sponsor: Kim F. Coleman

Senate Sponsor: ____________


9     General Description:
10          This bill amends provisions in Title 17, Chapter 41, Agriculture and Industrial
11     Protection Areas.
12     Highlighted Provisions:
13          This bill:
14          ▸     establishes a process by which a person may challenge a legislative body's rejection
15     of a proposal to create an agriculture protection area, industrial protection area, or
16     mining protection area.
17     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18          None
19     Other Special Clauses:
20          None
21     Utah Code Sections Affected:
22     ENACTS:
23          17-41-308, Utah Code Annotated 1953
24          17-41-309, Utah Code Annotated 1953

26     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27          Section 1. Section 17-41-308 is enacted to read:

28          17-41-308. District court review.
29          (1) As used in this section, "affected person" means a person who signs a proposal
30     under Subsection 17-41-301(1)(b).
31          (2) No later than 30 days after the day on which an applicable legislative body rejects a
32     proposal under Subsection 17-41-304(3)(a), an affected person may challenge the applicable
33     legislative body's rejection by filing a petition for review with the district court.
34          (3) When reviewing a challenge described in Subsection (2), a court shall:
35          (a) presume that a rejection of a proposal to create an agriculture protection area,
36     industrial protection area, or mining protection area under the authority of this chapter is valid;
37          (b) determine only whether the rejection is:
38          (i) arbitrary and capricious; or
39          (ii) illegal; and
40          (c) uphold the rejection unless the rejection is:
41          (i) arbitrary and capricious; or
42          (ii) illegal.
43          (4) An applicable legislative body's rejection is:
44          (a) arbitrary and capricious if:
45          (i) the rejection is not supported by substantial evidence in the record; or
46          (ii) it is reasonably debatable that the agriculture protection area, industrial protection
47     area, or mining protection area is consistent with this chapter; and
48          (b) illegal if the rejection is:
49          (i) based on an incorrect interpretation of this chapter; or
50          (ii) expressly preempted by or contrary to state or federal law.
51          (5) (a) An applicable legislative body shall transmit to the reviewing court the record of
52     the applicable legislative body's proceedings, including minutes, findings, orders, and, if
53     available, a true and correct transcript of the applicable legislative body's proceeding.
54          (b) If an applicable legislative body's proceeding is recorded, a transcript of that
55     recording is a true and correct transcript for the purposes of this Subsection (5).
56          (6) (a) (i) If there is a record, the district court's review is limited to the record that the
57     applicable legislative body provides.
58          (ii) The court may not accept or consider any evidence outside the record of the

59     applicable legislative body unless:
60          (A) the evidence was offered to the applicable legislative body; and
61          (B) the court determines that the applicable legislative body improperly excluded the
62     evidence.
63          (b) If there is no record, the court may call witnesses and take evidence.
64          Section 2. Section 17-41-309 is enacted to read:
65          17-41-309. Enforcement.
66          (1) A county, municipality, or any adversely affected person in the county or
67     municipality in which a violation of this chapter or ordinances enacted under the authority of
68     this chapter occur or are about to occur may, in addition to other remedies provided by law,
69     institute injunctions, mandamus, abatement, or any other appropriate actions.
70          (2) A county or municipality need only establish the violation to obtain an injunction
71     described in Subsection (1).