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Community Members Protest Proposed Inland Port Bill

Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community members voiced their concerns over a proposed bill to create an Inland Port Authority to oversee development in Salt Lake City's northwest quadrant.

Westpointe Community Council Vice Chairman Terry Thomas says the council believes the Legislature's late introduction of the bill is "by design to impede fair and proper citizen and stakeholder due process."

Thomas and other opponents spoke Sunday at the state Capitol to detail their objections to the measure unveiled last week by Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson.

Critics of the bill worry it strips Salt Lake City of its power over land use and zoning because of the power of an appeals board for the port authority.

Stevenson insists Salt Lake City will retain its taxing and zoning authority, but Salt Lake officials say it takes away their autonomy over the city's last undeveloped strip of land.