FARMINGTON -- More than two-thirds of the land Davis County has purchased for the West Davis Corridor is outside of the state's preferred alignment for the road, but the money spent on those properties will eventually come back home.
Beginning in May 2008, the county began purchasing 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.
The properties encompass about 85 acres along western Davis County from Kaysville to West Point.
The money for the properties came from a corridor-preservation fund established in 2007 that collected $10 for every car registered in the county.
The county also received matching funds from the state for every dollar it spent before July 2009.
All of the properties were purchased under a "willing seller/willing buyer" scenario, and no homes or buildings were acquired.
The purchased parcels north of Gentile Street in Layton are not within any of the Utah Department of Transportation's final three preferred alternatives for the West Davis Corridor.
Davis County Planner Scott Hess said approximately 25 of the 85 acres purchased are still viable for the project.
"We didn't expect it, but we knew this could happen," Hess said of the corridor route traversing outside of many of the county's purchased properties.
"It kind of comes with the territory, but the good thing is, that money (spent on the land) will come back to the county."
Hess said the county has reached an agreement in which UDOT will take over the properties and become the title holder.
The state will surplus the properties, and that money will go back to the county in the form of future transportation projects.
"Ultimately, all that money will come back to Davis County," Hess said.
At tonight's Davis County Council of Governments meeting, officials will discuss what the future looks like when it comes to corridor preservation.
The county will wait until UDOT reaches its final decision on the project in 2013 before preserving more corridor, Hess said.
UDOT Region One Director Kris Peterson said the state has been aware of the county's corridor-preservation efforts, but ultimately had to select three alignments that were in the best interest of all stakeholders involved in the project.