|Northwest Quadrant Master Plan Threatens Great Salt Lake: New Information about Earthquake Risk|
The Northwest Quadrant Master Plan raises many concerns for Great Salt Lake and for Salt Lake City's growth patterns. The proposed development, located between Bangerter Highway (4000 West) and 8800 West and 2100 South to 3700 North covers 29 square miles and includes 25,000 housing units and 25 schools to support a population of over 70,000 people. This satellite development is 8 miles outside of Salt Lake City's downtown, is unconnected to other developed parts of the city, and is in close proximity to landfills containing contaminants such as arsenic. Since there is no infrastructure in place, the project would come at tremendous cost to taxpayers.
In addition, the proposed plan involves developing a large section of flood plain. It would destroy and fragment valuable wildlife habitats and threaten the health and sustainability of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem. New evidence also suggests that the area may be located in close proximity to a fault line.
For more information, read the draft plan and fact sheet . City Weekly recently published an article about the proposal. Additional information is available in the May edition of the Catalyst and a recent article in the Salt Lake Tribune .
In October, the Salt Lake Tribune published an article discussing the recent findings of potential earthquake risks in the Northwest Quadrant.
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