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HOUSE OKS BILL TO CONSIDER 7 S.L. VALLEY INCORPORATIONS

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In a Friday night scramble, the House passed 60-6 a bill that would allow seven incorporations in Salt Lake Valley to be considered this year.

But in last-minute amendments to the bill, supporters of The Cottonwoods' incorporation were losers as well as the owners of the Fort Union Family Center development. The House narrowly passed an amendment to keep The Cottonwoods' incorporation from going to a vote; the vote was 37-34.The House by a wide margin also passed a second amendment that prohibits commercial developments from annexing into existing cities, thus leaving a prospective city without a tax base.

Rep. Ray Short, R-Salt Lake, supported the The Cottonwoods amendment, saying that without it "the little group of 7,000 people and the Cottonwood Mall would be allowed to get back into the system even though the incorporation was denied by the County Commission."

Rep. Brian R. Allen, R-Salt Lake, sponsored the second amendment. It's aimed at keeping the Fort Union commercial area from annexing into Midvale before the proposed Cottonwood-Union City incorporation could be considered. That proposed incorporation relies heavily on the Fort Union tax base.

The incorporation bill creates a review committee that would consider all petitions for incorporation and would decide which are feasible under guidelines outlined in the bill. The bill grandfathers in most existing incorporation petitions, requires the county to pick up incorporation costs and outlines a process for public hearings and feasibility studies on proposed incorporations.