Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

October 13, 2020
Skywalk referendum

I moved to Erda 40 years ago and over those years I have watched Erda grow. I love my rural community and appreciated that the zoning requirements in place would keep our beloved Erda rural. I am now concerned that a high density development called Skywalk will take away the rural feel.

Skywalk will be on 246.64 acres of farmland at the intersection of SR-138 and Sheep Lane in west Erda, adjacent to the Tooele Valley airport. Skywalk is billed as a self-contained community where people will live, work, shop, and recreate. 

The developer says that the people living there will not need cars because everything they need will be right there. It consists of 984 housing units including 116 detached homes, 186 townhomes, 168 apartments, and 514 apartment-style units above the retail space. The tallest buildings will be four stories.

Skywalk would cause an exponential increase in traffic. This is Utah, after all, and we use our vehicles extensively. Data provided from the AAA Foundation estimates that Skywalk would bring approximately 2,000 vehicles resulting in 13,776 vehicle trips per day. And what about sewer and water and the new schools required for the additional homeowners?

A referendum is the only option available to have our voices heard. We do not want this development in our backyard. Please help us have a voice in our community and add your signature to the referendum. We will begin our 45-day signature collecting next week.

Kathleen Mallis

Erda

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