Garff Ranches Ownership Distances Themselves From Proposal to Found City
The majority landowner – and namesake – of Garff Ranches says that they have no plans to change the current use of their property.
Last week, KPCW reported on a proposal by Anderson Development, one of Utah’s largest master plan developers, to incorporate 17,000 acres of land between Park City and Kamas into a new city called Garff Ranch, Utah. The executive summary and strategic plan KPCW obtained call for a town center, both urban and suburban villages as well as rural and mountain estate lots. The property is currently zoned for one unit per 80 acres.
A representative of Anderson Development told KPCW the documents were outdated and meant for internal use, but declined to comment further on the matter.
On Wednesday, a statement signed by Ben Rogers, a representative for Garff Rogers Ranch and the Rogers family, and John Garff, representative for the Garff family, was emailed to KPCW with the intent of clarifying the owners' position on the development of Garff Ranches.
The owners state that Garff Rogers Ranch, LLC owns over 4,000 acres that have been proposed to be part of a new Garff Ranch City. Additionally, the Garff and Rogers families separately own many hundreds of acres that are also proposed to be part of this project.
“Neither Garff Rogers Ranch nor any of the Garff or Rogers family property owners have had any discussions with this developer and using the ‘Garff’ name was never discussed nor approved by the Garff family,” the statement reads. “While this proposal is bold and optimistic, we do not appreciate the unilateral and presumptive approach this developer has taken, nor have we agreed to contribute our property or participate in this project. We value our relations with our neighbors and the local government officials. We also value the open space of the property we own and have actively ranched and grazed our property for nearly 5 decades. We have no plans at this time to change the current use of this beautiful land.”