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West Jordan Journal

West Jordan airport bill ‘dead’

Mar 23, 2020 02:53PM ● By Erin Dixon

Airport in West Jordan is operated by Salt Lake City. West Jordan has no say in it’s future. (photo/Google Maps)

By Erin Dixon | [email protected]

Last month, City Journals reported on a Utah House Bill proposed in 2020’s legislative session. House Bill 310 would have allowed the transfer of the South Valley Regional Airport (or Airport 2) from Salt Lake City to West Jordan City at a low, or even zero cost.

“It’s dead. West Jordan chose to oppose the bill allowing them to explore options,” Kim Coleman, District 42 representative, said.

The bill was sent to committee for language revision but then ultimately failed without West Jordan and Salt Lake City’s support

“West Jordan city officials entered into an agreement with Salt Lake City that limited our (West Jordan) city’s future options, and it remains unclear why,” Coleman said.

Creighton King, business and aircraft owner, has used the South Valley Regional airport as his base for 35 years. He is frustrated that the airport has been neglected and left without a future to grow.

“West Jordan City needs to look at all of the great aviation based business, jobs and growth that can happen, because I know that two companies right now would be willing to build manufacturing there, build jobs there,” King said.

“Unfortunately, Salt Lake City has a very restrictive land leasing policy that makes it nearly impossible for any smart businessman or woman to invest in the airport because the land lease restrictions are preposterous,” King said.