WEST JORDAN — Protesters of a proposed development have collected 4,300 signatures to stop the city from moving forward with the project and instead put approval of it on the November ballot.
The controversy stems from differing visions over the future of the Main City Park and vacant sugar factory property just south of the park.
City Council member Natalie Argyle has been one of the protesters leading the charge, saying the city is wrong to pursue its park plans.
"It was taxpayer dollars that purchased that land. This initiative establishes it as a preservation area restricting it to parks and public facilities. For it to be sold or leased, it should go to a vote of the people."
Argyle said now that enough signatures have been collected, the petition has to be certified for placement in November's ballot.
Cindy Bee, a parks and recreation planner, said the petition is being presented in a manner that fails to explain the entire proposal.
Although the park is a major component of the plan, the proposal leaves the open space at the Main City Park untouched and calls for a variety of improvements, such as an interactive playground for children.
Opponents are seizing on part of the plan at the sugar factory property that sets aside 8 acres for mixed-use housing for seniors and families and another 9 acres dedicated to retail development similar to Trolley Square.
Overall, the plan leaves 65 acres of open space for park use.
Argyle said the city should not be entertaining the idea of selling or leasing the property at a time when open space is at a premium.
"People want more open space, not high-density housing."