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Military Installation Development Authority Act
The Military Installation Development Authority Act (MIDA) of 2007 (§ 63H-1-201) established an independent, nonprofit, separate body corporate and politic, with perpetual succession and statewide jurisdiction, whose purpose is to facilitate the development of military land in a project area. The authority is invested with the powers to facilitate the development of land within one or more project areas, including the ongoing operation of facilities within a project area. 

Utah S.B. 124 of 2009 further modified the Act by authorizing the MIDA to: impose a resort communities tax; contract with the federal government, a public entity, or other authorized source; exempt land within a project area from certain state law, ordinances, or regulations; and, authorize the authority to include, under certain circumstances, public or private land in a project area that is noncontiguous to military land. Additionally, H.B. 325 of 2013 modified the law to allow a MIDA to levy an energy tax on an energy supplier within a project area based on the delivered value of the energy; allows an energy supplier to recover an amount equal to its MIDA energy tax from its customers; provides that a MIDA energy tax is offset by any municipal energy tax paid by that customer on the same delivered value; amends MIDA board membership provisions; allows MIDA to use MIDA energy tax revenues for certain purposes, including uses outside of the project area where the revenue was generated. S.B. 45 of 2014 modified the law to address changes to the definition of property tax to ensure that it does not include a privilege tax on a portion of a facility on military land leased back to the military under certain circumstances. 

Current law in Utah prohibits a municipality from annexing an unincorporated area located within a project area described in a project area plan adopted by the military installation development authority. Utah S.B. 293 of 2011 allows a Military Installation Development Authority (MIDA) to petition for annexation of a project area as if it was the sole private property owner if the area to be annexed is entirely contained within the boundaries of a military installation. 

Utah Code Annotated § 63H-1-201
Utah S.B. 124 of 2009
S.B. 293 of 2011
Utah H.B. 325 of 2013
Utah S.B. 45 of 2014​

Acquisition of Easements Near Hill Air Force Base
Utah Code Annotated §63M-6-201 through §63M-6-203 requires the Department of Community and Economic Development to ensure specific easements that are located in a critical operating area of Hill Air Force Base are acquired by purchase or condemnation. The state is to acquire the easements "restricting the use of those lands and air space above them in order to assure the continued operation of Hill Air Force Base as an active military base" and to protect the public. The restricted land uses are identified in the amended October 1982 Hill Air Force Base Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) Land Use Compatibility Guidelines Study. The laws stipulate that if "Hill Air Force Base runways have not been used for seven years to accommodate the arrival and departure of airplanes than the easements may be sold back to the owner of the property of the land."

Utah Code Annotated §63M-6-201 through §63M-6-203


Open Space/Conservation

Forest Legacy Program
The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands administers the state’s Forest Legacy Program.  The program is intended to protect forest areas that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses through fee simple title or conservation easement purchases. The Forest Legacy program is a federal program that is voluntary for eligible states. 

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LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund
The Quality Growth Act of 1999 (Chapter 24) created the LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund, a loan fund available to local governments and non-profit organizations to be used for the preservation or restoration of open lands and agricultural lands. The Fund, managed by the Quality Growth Commission, can be used to finance projects that protect lands possessing resources deemed critical to the community. These resources may include agricultural lands, historical and cultural sites, wildlife habitat, natural recreation, wetlands and watershed protection areas. Funds may not be used to purchase land for "active recreation" sites such as city parks containing constructed playgrounds, baseball or soccer fields. A funded project must be one that will be preserved or restored to its natural state or used for agricultural production.

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Land Conservation Easement Act
Utah Code Annotated §57-18-1 et seq. provides for the state’s conservation easement statutes that authorize the creation of permanent easements on real property for conservation and historic preservation purposes.

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Municipal Land Use Plan Preparation
Utah Code Annotated 10-9a-403 requires municipal planning commissions to identify and consider agriculture protection areas in drafting a land use element of a general plan and to avoid uses that are inconsistent with or detrimental to agriculture in those areas.

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County Land Use Plan Preparation 
Utah Code Annotated 17-27a-403 requires county planning commissions to identify and consider agriculture protection areas in drafting a land use element of a general plan and to avoid uses that are inconsistent with or detrimental to agriculture in those areas.

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Administrative

Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Impacts of Closing Hill Air Force Base
The Utah Defense Alliance sponsored an economic study prepared by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. This study, titled "Economic, Demographic and Fiscal Impacts of Closing Hill Air Force Base," demonstrates the economic contributions of the base.

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Chambers of Commerce Military Committees
•  The Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee has over 250 business members.  The purpose of the Committee is to build relationships between military installation units and businesses along the Wasatch Front.
•  The Military Affairs Committee is a joint committee between the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce and the Davis Chamber of Commerce. The Committee works to foster beneficial relationships between Hill Air Force Base and the business community.

Contact:
Al Walker
Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Chair
(801) 864-5960
alanjwalker@utah.gov

Salt Lake City Chamber
Ogden/Weber Chamber
Davis Chamber

Governor’s Office of Economic Development/Utah Defense Alliance
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development worked to establish the Utah Defense Alliance, a non-profit organization charged with defending the state’s military installations from closure by the federal government.

Contact:
Mr. Gary Harter, Managing Director
801-538-8784
gharter@utah.gov 
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Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs 
Ted Fredrick 
550 Foothill Drive, Suite 202
P.O. box 58897
Salt Lake City, UT 84158-0897
801-388-1327
801-326-2372

State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Peter Jenks, President
Utah Defense Alliance
450 Simmons Way, Suite 400
P.O. Box 967
Kaysville, Utah 84037-0967
(801) 593-2113
info@utahdefensealliance.com

Legislative Liaison
Major Aaron Drake
Utah National Guard
12953 South Minuteman Drive
Draper, Utah 84020-1776
(801) 432-4407
801-866-6884
Aaron.m.drake6.mil@mail.mil
ngut-pao@ng.army.mil

Adjutant General
Major General Brian L. Tarbet, Adjutant General
Utah National Guard
12953 South Minuteman Drive
Draper, Utah 84020-1776
(801) 523-4402
(801) 523-4677 fax
brian.tarbet@ut.ngb.army.mil

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Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
While jurisdiction over military issues is spread across numerous legislative committees, the bulk of legislation pertaining to military affairs is referred to the Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee and the House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Veterans’ and Military Affairs Commission
Senator Peter C. Knudson, Chair
Richard C. North, Policy Analyst
West Office Building, Room W015
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
(801) 337-4182

Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee
Senator Aaron Osmond, Chair
Mr. Benjamin Christensen, Committee Analyst
West Office Building, 
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
(801) 337-4182
aosmond@le.utah.gov

House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee
Representative Rebecca Edwards, Chair
Ms. Rosemary Young, Committee Secretary
Mr. Benjamin Christensen, Committee Analyst
West Office Building, 
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
(801) 538-1029
beckyedwards@le.utah.gov