Salt Lake growth documents say little about Park City area
Salt Lake County officials make scattered references alluding to Summit County in documents that will eventually guide growth in three canyons that either abut the line between the two counties or are within a few miles of the boundary.
The officials in Salt Lake County are crafting documents known as General Plans for Parleys Canyon, Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon. The plans will be broadly worded documents that offer ideas about growth. Leaders in Summit County and Park City could have an interest in the discussions in Salt Lake County since topics include high-profile issues like transportation.
Salt Lake County on Wednesday held an open house at the government center building, drawing a crowd that seemed to be almost exclusively from the Salt Lake Valley. One Park City official, senior transportation planner Brooks Robinson, was in attendance. Nathan Rafferty, the president and CEO of Ski Utah, was also at the open house.
Some of the references to Park City or Summit County in the drafts of the General Plans, or statements that might be of local interest, include:
Rafferty, the Ski Utah official, said in an interview there is an "invisible line" between Summit County and Salt Lake County. He talked about the "availability to move between resorts" either through on-the-snow connections or a mode of transit.
"It’s all incremental changes and improvements. Every little box here is an improvement to Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon," he said, referring to the displays at the open house.
Robinson, the Park City official in attendance, said he was especially interested in the General Plan drafts for Parleys Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon, saying he would like Summit County and, possibly, Park City to be involved in the discussions as stakeholders eventually.
"I wouldn’t express any concerns from what I saw here tonight," he said.
Some in the crowd, meanwhile, asked the Salt Lake County officials about the idea to connect Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon with Canyons Resort in the Snyderville Basin via the SkiLink gondola. The presenters indicated there has not been a formal proposal to Salt Lake County for SkiLink and they declined to speculate about a gondola connection.
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