Trib Talk: Explosive growth, traffic jams and talk of possible secession roil southwestern Salt Lake County

(Illustration by Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Southwestern Salt Lake County has big problems. Call them growing pains.

Because most of the available land in other parts of the county has already been developed, the southwestern county is left to absorb tremendous population growth. And it’s coming fast.

Too fast.

Local leaders are struggling to keep up with the demands of the ever-swelling number of residents — and they say they are not getting the support they need and deserve from the county and the state. So they’re banding together to demand action.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Riverton City Mayor Trent Staggs and Salt Lake Tribune reporters Tony Semerad and Taylor Stevens join Dan Harrie to discuss the frustration and challenges in Riverton and neighboring communities.

Click here to listen now. Listeners can also subscribe to “Trib Talk” on SoundCloud, iTunes and Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and other major podcast platforms.

“Trib Talk” is produced by Sara Weber. Comments and feedback can be sent to tribtalk@sltrib.com, or to @danattrib or @tribtalk on Twitter.