LAYTON -- With public meetings on the west Davis corridor only two weeks away, Davis County is a few steps ahead of the game.
While the state may not be purchasing property or discussing a preferred alignment for a possible extension of the Legacy Parkway, Davis County officials are.
At a Davis County Commission meeting last week, Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said the county has already purchased several properties along a route in western Davis County that was identified in a 2001 study by the Wasatch Front Regional Council as the preferred alternative for the extension of Legacy Parkway.
Officials hope the extension will stretch from Farmington to the county's north border and eventually run through Weber County, completing Legacy Parkway.
The roadway will offer motorists an alternative route to Interstate 15.
The properties Davis County has purchased encompass 92 total acres of raw land along western Davis County from Kaysville to West Point.
The money for the properties comes from a corridor preservation fund established in 2007.
The fund collects $10 for every car registration in the county. The county also received matching funds from the state for every dollar it spent before July 2009.
Petroff said the county is buying the property in a "willing seller/willing buyer" scenario and plans to continue to purchase properties along the corridor.
"We will continue to move forward at a reasonable pace and continue to buy up the land," he said.
Ultimately, the Utah Department of Transportation will make the final decision on whether Legacy North is built.
In January, UDOT began the West Davis Corridor Environmental Study, which will examine the need for the road, potential impacts and a final alignment.
The study will not only identify whether an extension of Legacy is needed, but also what other alternatives should be considered.
West Davis corridor project manager Randy Jeffries said those alternatives could include east/west roads, a transit corridor or even a "no-build" option.
UDOT will hold public meetings for the corridor study Feb. 23 at Syracuse High School, 665 S. 2000 West; Feb. 24 at Legacy Events Center at Davis County Fairgrounds, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington; and Feb. 25 at West Weber Elementary School, 4178 W. 900 South.
All meetings will be from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.