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Utah lawmaker floats use of eminent domain for trails but runs into barriers

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Cyclists along the Jordan River Parkway in South Salt Lake on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Trail advocates hope to build a paved path on both sides of the river that runs the length of the Salt Lake Valley, but a proposal to allow the use of eminent domain to acquire land for such trail projects received a harsh reception in the Utah Legislature on Oct. 16. / Salt Lake Tribune

By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune

Advocates like West Valley City lawmaker and former Mayor Mike Winder want the Jordan River Parkway someday to host paved trails on both sides of the waterway that runs the entire length of the Salt Lake Valley connecting Utah Lake with the Great Salt Lake.

But numerous private properties back up against the river, which has been diked and channelized for parts of its 51-mile length. In hopes of developing new stretches of trail, Winder unveiled draft legislation this past week that would authorize local governments to exercise eminent domain to acquire private property needed for recreational trails.

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