Public can soon start weighing in on Draper planning project

Rick Bowmer
FILE – This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. A new commission looking at redeveloping the site of Utah’s aging state prison in Draper meets Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, to discuss next steps in planning for the 700-acre site and how officials can avoiding compounding traffic snarls on the nearby highway bridging the state’s two biggest urban areas. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah is kicking off a massive planning project centered on the aging state prison in Draper by collecting ideas online from the public and mapping out the water, traffic and other infrastructure will be needed.

Those are the first steps in a multiyear plan to address not only what to do with the 700-acres where the soon-to-be-relocated prison sits, but to create a roadmap for the surrounding 20,000 acres owned by local governments, private landowners and more.

Envision Utah, the planning firm hired by the state to help, told a state redevelopment commission Monday that that it hopes to launch a website this week that will allow the public to weigh in.

The planning firm hopes to release a final report on the massive planning project next winter.

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