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Salt Lake County’s Wasatch Canyons General Plan Receives High Achievement Award from Industry Professionals

Posted By Regional Development
October 23, 2020

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Wasatch Canyons General Plan is Award Winning


Salt Lake County received a High Achievement Award for the recently adopted Wasatch Canyons General Plan from the American Planning Association Utah Chapter on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

The General Plan guides the future for some of Utah’s most beloved recreation destinations including Big Cottonwood Canyon, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Mill Creek Canyon, Parleys Canyon, and the Foothills. 

Salt Lake County worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service, UDOT, UTA, Salt Lake City, the Central Wasatch Commission, towns of Alta and Brighton, MSD and many stakeholders in developing the General Plan that was adopted in June 2020 to be used for the next 20 or more years.

“Our dedicated Regional Development staff expended extraordinary efforts to ensure that the planning process included a robust public engagement, as well as the input of dozens of community partners and stakeholders,” Catherine Kanter, Deputy Mayor of Regional Operations, said. “All in all, it was a heavy lift, but well worth the effort.”

The honor of excellence recognizes the hard work and significant collaboration spanning three years in creating and drafting the Wasatch Canyons General Plan. From Mayor Jenny Wilson’s leadership to the County Council, Mountainous Planning District commission, Deputy Mayor Catherine Kanter, Regional Development Director Dina Blaes, Planning and Transportation Director Ryan Perry, Project Manager Jake Young, and Logan Simpson.

“This plan establishes a clear vision for the canyons with big pictures goals and detail strategies to achieve the goals,” Young said.

Read more about the plan in detail at For more information about the recognition from the American Planning Association Utah Chapter, visit