Multimillion-dollar expansion of Wasatch County Justice Center will add courtrooms, increase parking

Multimillion-dollar expansion of Wasatch County Justice Center will add courtrooms, increase parking

The Justice Center includes the Fourth District Court, the County Justice Court, the Sheriff’s Office and the County Jail.

It is located near Heber Valley Hospital on US 40, just south of downtown Heber.

On Tuesday, July 10, the Heber City Planning Commission discussed a request to expand the Justice Center.

If the project is approved, plans call for the site to be significantly larger, planning consultant Aubrey Larsen told the commission.

“The total area is 16.22 acres, with the current building area being 45,690 square feet,” she said. “The expansion will increase that area by 19,885 square feet, for a total of 65,575 square feet.”

The expansion will renovate existing facilities and add new courtrooms and attorney offices to the building. It will also add additional parking and access to the justice center.

The planning commission approved the application and a conditional use permit, required because of the size of the property. Next, the plans will be discussed by city engineers, including details such as weed control and water rights.

During the last budget process, Wasatch County Executive Dustin Grabau said the county planned to spend about $10 million on the expansion project. The state will contribute several million more dollars because it uses the building space for the Fourth District Court.