Salt Lake County approves new Wasatch Canyons General Plan crafted with key Utah partners to protect and manage beloved areas
Posted By Regional Development
June 09, 2020
SALT LAKE COUNTY – An updated Wasatch Canyons General Plan, presented to the Salt Lake County Council on Tuesday, was approved 7-1 in a vote, and will be formally adopted June 16. This process was facilitated by the Planning and Transportation department in the Office of Regional Development.
“The Wasatch Canyons are one of the most defining features of the Salt Lake Valley,” said Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson. “The preservation of this precious resource is a top priority. I am excited to implement the vision and strategies in this plan to protect the solitude, wildlife, scenery, water quality, and best snow on earth, that our canyons provide.”
Salt Lake County Regional Planning staff and partners have worked on an update the Wasatch Canyons General Plan for three years, with the planning process dating back to the summer of 2017. This robust process involved significant public and stakeholder involvement, including input from local governmental entities, canyon visitors and property owners.
Data was gathered through online surveys, public meetings, interviews, work sessions and community events, such as open houses and educational forums. The County hosted at least three public hearings, 10 open houses, nine educational forums and other community events. Key partners – including nonprofits, local municipalities, transportation agencies and community councils ̶ were consulted to consider a variety of perspectives.
Through this collaboration, a common vision was created, and subsequent goals and strategies were identified to achieve the vision. The newly adopted plan will replace the 1989 Wasatch Canyons Master Plan for Parleys, Mill Creek, Big Cottonwood, associated unincorporated foothills and Little Cottonwood – excluding the Town of Alta.
“Big Cottonwood Canyon Community Council (BCCA) is grateful to the staff and consultants who have included our community in this General Plan update every step of the way,” said Barbara Cameron, chair for BCCA. “It is a comprehensive plan for our future, and we look forward to helping implement its suggestions and guidelines.”
Each year the canyons receive millions of visits for recreation, employment and tourism. These precious resources are important to residents and visitors alike. As the County’s million-plus population grows, it is critical to plan for and preserve our canyons so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.