Landowners west of Kamas are filing preliminary paperwork for the community

Some worry the city plans may include land that could become open space.

(West Hills Surveyor’s Certificate) The wannabe city of West Hills is located along State Route 248.

Residents between Kamas and the Jordanelle Basin have applied for township status. The site may include land that Summit County intends to purchase and keep as open space.

Landowners and residents submitted an application to the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Office on April 27 to conduct a feasibility study for a new city, tentatively named West Hills.

The approximately 3,400 acres are located along State Route 248 in the hills west of Kamas, extending from the Ure family ranch near Democrat Alley toward the town of Hideout.

The incorporation process is led by real estate attorney Derek Anderson. He is a founding partner in the law firm of Kimball Anderson, which owns land in the West Hills area.

Based on a map provided by the state surveyor, Summit County Council is concerned that the proposed West Hills site could include land on the Ure family ranch, which Summit County currently has a $25 million purchase option to preserve the vacant land.

Read more about the proposed city at

This article is published by the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations dedicated to educating readers across the state.

Justin Scaccy

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