Many of SunCrest's hundreds of homes teetering on the sides of the mountain separating Draper and Utah County never should have been built. Streets are too steep, and some have failed. Much of the development clings to hillsides that are unstable; getting enough water is a problem.
Draper City officials should have listened to U.S. Geological Survey scientists who have mapped all of Salt Lake and Utah counties and know which slopes cannot bear the weight and disturbance of construction. The Draper City Council should have stood its ground and refused to allow the original owner, SunCrest Development, to create homesites and a street plan and sell to unsuspecting buyers.
The city erred again when it accepted ownership of streets in the subdivision without thorough testing of their stability and quality of construction. Draper has been in and out of court over the boondoggle for years, and repairing roads and fixing other problems has cost the city millions.