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  • (Daily Herald) Alpine's planning commission met Tuesday night to discuss drafting an ordinance to limit "monster houses" in the city. Though no decision was made, the discussion laid the groundwork for where the commission was going.

    "An appropriate scale of houses is a nice way of saying no monster houses," Chairman Jannicke Brewer said referring to the city's plan.

    "It seems to me like if there is a neighborhood where people want those, why should we oppose it?" commissioner Brad Reneer said.

  • FARMINGTON (Deseret News) — Three months after denying an exemption for property taxes for the military housing at Hill Air Force Base, Davis County commissioners reversed that decision Tuesday.

    The 2-1 vote followed a presentation by Boyer Hill Military Housing, which operates, builds and maintains the 1,018 houses at Hill Air Force Base, and counter-arguments by Deputy Davis County Attorney Craig Bott.

  • (Deseret News) Most of Utah's "Main Street" banks have signed agreements to help each other out with space to operate in the event of a physical disaster that puts a branch out of commission.

  • (Deseret News) Zions Bancorp, the Utah lender that operates in 10 Western states, may buy one or more failed Texas banks if given the opportunity next year, said Chief Financial Officer Doyle Arnold.

    "There may be more failures in Texas, I think the problems there are just beginning," Arnold said at a conference in New York hosted by Barclays Capital. "We won't do any more FDIC-assisted transactions in the next two quarters."

  • After a years-long movement within Millcreek to keep so-called "monster homes" from reshaping skylines and crowding neighbors, the Salt Lake County Council pledged Tuesday to settle the debate next month.

  • (Murray Journal) Despite the unpredictable economic times, businesses are still flourishing and opening shop in Murray. This summer, over 30 new stores opened their doors to the Murray community.

    “A lot of them are small businesses, which should not be overlooked from an economic development perspective,” said Tim Tingey, Murray’s economic development director. “They are a big strength for our community.”

  • (Murray Journal) The Community Development Corporation of Utah has collaborated with the city’s Community Economic Development department to offer a down payment assistance program to homebuyers in Murray.

    “There’s been a lot of interest in seeing Murray City offer some assistance,” said Tim Tingey, community and economic development director. “It’s established as a loan program.”

  • (Murray Journal) They’ve only been in Murray for two years, but the state of the art Intermountain Medical Center has not only changed the landscape of city but also making national headlines. The 12-floor building is now a landmark on State Street, attracting related businesses to the area.

    “It’s changing the face of our community,” said Tim Tingey, the city’s community economic development director. “Physically, the size and scale of the building will impact future development. It’s setting the standard for quality.”

  • (Millcreek Journal) A lot of changes will take place over the next year and a half on Evergreen Avenue but Millcreek residents now have reassurance that the designers of the new recreation center and park are keeping a piece of the original park -- the pumpkin.

    Designers from Architectural Nexus have completed the schematic design phase of the new recreation center. They held an open house at United Christ Methodist Church on Aug. 19 to present the new design and to gather additional input from the community.

  • AMERICAN FORK (Daily Herald) -- They came, they saw, they created.

    American Fork City and Mountainland Association of Governments asked for the public's vision of American Fork's downtown, and residents responded, making suggestions for the future of the city's downtown district.

    "They came out and gave us some great ideas," said Mayor Heber Thompson. "They were thinking out of the box. I am delighted with that."

  • (Deseret News) Picture a light-rail line connecting the Salt Lake airport to premier ski resorts.

    Or dedicated bicycle lanes up the recreation-friendly canyons along the Wasatch Front in Salt Lake Valley.

    How about a ban on dogs in those canyons?

    Those are just a few of the ideas that emerged from a public opinion survey recently released by a Wasatch canyons planning group in which enhancing public transit, limiting private development and addressing overuse also figure prominently.

  • Parowan » Three years ago, a land use plan for Iron County floated the idea of turning Cedar Breaks National Monument into a national park. Nothing has happened since.

  • CEDAR CITY - In a precedent-setting ruling, landowner Bruce Hughes was awarded his appeal to Iron County and the state regarding his property value appraisal because his land is covered in prairie dogs and arguably worth less than originally appraised.

  • (Daily Herald) Time is running out for first-time homebuyers who want to take advantage of the $8,000 federal tax credit that's scheduled to expire Nov. 30.

    For Craig and Melissa Lindsey of Provo, who are tired of paying rent and are enticed by the first-time homebuyer tax credit, they wished they had started the search for their home much earlier this year.

  • (Park Record) Like many communities, the Park City area is seeing more people without health insurance as the town grows in a down economy. Keeping them healthy is the mission of the People's Health Clinic, which is slated to move in November from Kearns Boulevard into a bigger facility at Quinn's Junction.

    The building that will house People's Health alongside the Summit County Health Department is nearly complete.

  • ELBERTA (Deseret News) — A cloak of secrecy continues to surround plans for an apparent industrial complex near this rural south Utah County town.

    Utah County Commissioners, state economic officials and others involved in the project have signed an agreement of confidentiality regarding the plans near the Kern River gas line while the details are worked out.

    Utah County Commission Chairman Larry Ellertson says he's optimistic the deal will come together so an announcement can be made.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) Two analysts lowered their target price for Zions Bancorp's shares Friday and said that the Utah-based bank-holding company will need up to $800 million in new capital if the economy were to continue to significantly deteriorate.

    But the report by John Pancari and Dana King, putting their target price at $15 a share, failed to convince investors, who bid down the company's stock slightly to close the week at $15.89.

  • Cedar City — Despite laws under the Utah Fair Housing Act that protect renters, discrimination is still seen in apartment rental practices throughout the state, including those in Cedar City.

  • Cedar City » It has taken more than three years of planning and the acquisition of 2,000 acres, but Cedar City is poised to give final approval to the largest development in the city's history -- perhaps one of the biggest in Utah.

    The Cordero development will include commercial space, nearly 8,000 housing units and a 36-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, and will take 25 to 30 years to complete.

    "Cordero" is Spanish for lamb, reflecting the important sheep industry in the region.

  • Salt Lake City » A sportsmen's group has placed two Utah wildlife areas on a list of the West's 10 most imperiled places to hunt and fish because of threats posed by oil and gas development.
  • By Kelly Lux

    Real Estate News Utah Editor

  • St. George (Spectrum) - Find answers to all your home improvement and building questions beginning today at the 6th Annual Ultimate Home Expo.

    A number of professionals will be available to answer your questions at the expo set today and Saturday at the Dixie Center today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Visitors will experience the best in home improvements and find great deals at this year's event. Participating exhibitors are ready with information about their businesses and plan to offer their best price the current slow economy.

  • (Deseret News) The Governor's Office of Economic Development Board on Thursday decided against a proposal to issue a $100,000 grant for the Utah Association of Industrial Banks to study the impact of retention and expansion of industrial banks in Utah. Numerous members voiced concern about the appropriateness of the board funding such a study. The proposal, which would have been unprecedented, was criticized as showing favor to a particular business sector, which could result in other industries asking for similar studies to bolster their respective sectors.

  • OREM (Deseret News) — Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will hold its first Tour de Habitat Bike Ride on Saturday.

    The benefit ride will go throughout Utah County with stops at several Habitat for Humanity homes.

    There are three ride options: 13 miles, 30 miles and 60 miles. The ride begins at 8 a.m. at Harmons, 870 E. 800 North. The pre-registration fee is $15 for students and $20 for adults. It's an additional $5 on the day of the event.

  • EAGLE MOUNTAIN (Deseret News) — Residents broke ground on an expansion project that will more than double the city library's current size.

    The additional 2,500-square feet will give room to new computer workstations, a children's collection and a story time area.

    The library will buy new materials with a $95,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for 123,000 libraries nationwide, and a $1,000 grant from Target.

  • (Deseret News) Senate appropriators endorsed Thursday spending $104 million for defense projects in Utah during the next fiscal year, which begins at the end of the month. Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a long list of those Utah projects. The spending now goes to the full Senate for consideration. A few of the projects include:

    $12 million to augment Hill Air Force Base repair depot capabilities with a high-tech center for fiber placement and tape-laying composite aircraft manufacturing technologies.

  • (Salt Lake Tribune) The state of Utah approved a $27.3 million incentive package Thursday for financial services firm Goldman Sachs, bringing the total amount the company stands to collect to $47.3 million.

    The money, one of the larger incentive packages ever offered by the state, is in the form of a tax credit payable over the next 20 years.

  • Prosecutors have filed more criminal charges over the developments at two Utah subdivisions that left Canadian and California investors out of around $1.
  • OREM (Daily Herald) -- Commercial activity is picking up at the 65-acre Northgate Village mixed-use project on 800 North in Orem.

    Idaho-based discount grocery chain WinCo Foods began construction of its first 94,000-square-foot store in Utah County several weeks ago, and is scheduled to open in spring 2010. Negotiations to acquire an 8.5-acre lot for the store began last fall and were completed in July, said Spencer Croshaw, a real estate agent with NAI Commercial Real Estate.

    The store is expected to hire about 200 workers.

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