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In the Inland Port Case, the Court Rules in the State’s Favor.

The 16,000-acre inland port in Utah enables the movement of cargo using many means of transportation.

According to the website of the inland port authority, it also generates economic opportunities for the state of Utah. Officials in Salt Lake City, however, assert that the inland port depletes the city’s resources.

In 2019, the city sued the port authority and the state, but a 3rd district judge decided in the state’s favour.

Although Salt Lake City appealed the case to the Utah Supreme Court, the court issued a decision against the city on Wednesday, finding that the port’s zoning regulations do not contravene Utah law.

The inland port authority’s board member and representative Mike Schultz made the following statement:


“Today’s decision validates the inland port’s legitimate statewide purpose and enables us to continue working to convey its advantages to Utahns.

By the new framework approved during the 2022 General Session, we look forward to working with our numerous stakeholders, especially Salt Lake City, to construct an inland port that serves as an example of sustainable economic growth.

According to the inland port authority’s website, it also creates economic prospects for the state of Utah. The inland port, according to Salt Lake City officials, depletes the city’s resources.

In 2019, the city sued the state and the port authority; however, a 3rd district judge ruled in favour of the state.

The Utah Supreme Court rejected Salt Lake City’s appeal of the case on Wednesday, concluding that the port’s zoning requirements do not violate Utah law.

We look forward to collaborating with our many stakeholders, especially Salt Lake City, to build an inland port that serves as an example of sustainable economic growth by the new framework agreed upon during the 2022 General Session.

The office in Salt Lake City released the following statement:

“The Legislature shouldn’t be able to reroute tax dollars that belong to cities or change municipal property uses unilaterally to which it disagrees.

It is pretty disheartening to see the Utah Supreme Court’s ruling. The lawsuit filed by Salt Lake City was meant to highlight the special power that Utahn towns have to respond in real-time to the demands of their residents.

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The Utah Supreme Court may have serious adverse effects on all 249 Utah cities and towns’ local power by permitting the state to take municipal land use control.

Even though we are quite upset by this choice, the City is still in contract negotiations with the Utah Inland Port Authority to safeguard the health of our citizens and lessen the port’s negative impacts on our neighbourhood.

In addition, we are deciding how to proceed with the Court’s request for more information about the state’s rerouting of the City’s tax revenue, which they did not rule on today.

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