Public meeting on “Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone” Thursday, 9/15

The next step in the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone and Mountain Resort Zone revision process takes place this Thursday, 9/15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Salt Lake County, the open house is your chance to learn about the newly revised FCOZ ordinance and new zoning laws governing ski resorts. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and submit comments that will be provided to the Salt Lake County Council.

Can’t make it? Send comments by clicking HERE.

FCOZ is responsible for protecting the water, wildlife habitat, and other environmental attributes on the privately owned lands of the Wasatch within S.L County.

If you have been reading the quarterly SOC newsletter or following our email alerts you’ll know we’ve been working on FCOZ and MRZ for the past four years. While public input is always important, we are now at a point where your comments are critical to achieving strong regulations governing private lands within SL County.

Save Our Canyons relies on FCOZ, to keep ski resorts and other ambitious developers of the Wasatch in check. Without FCOZ, or with a weakened FCOZ, our ability to protect the wildness and beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, canyons and foothills would be significantly impaired!

There is no single ordinance more important for protecting the environmental quality of private lands in the Wasatch than FCOZ. 

Of course, comments are always most successful when put in your own words.Below you’ll find some suggested talking points to help get your comments started:

Strengthen the FCOZ and MRZ ordinances to better protect the Wasatch Mountains.

1. Increase stream setbacks in the FCOZ to better protect important wildlife corridors and water quality. Currently, the ordinance limits building to within 100 feet of streams but has exceptions that allow for building within 50 feet of waterways. This is inadequate!

2. Discourage infrastructure such as mountain coasters, zip lines and other activiites that create noise pollution and conflict with the natural environment.

3. Tie the Mountain Resort Zone to the Forest Service Ski Area Boundary. This would effectively limit resort development to existing boundaries.

4. The purpose statement for the new FCOZ is far more friendly to development interests than necessary. This should be changed to better emphasize the importance of preserving the foothills and canyons.

5. One of the most frequent comments SOC receives from our supporters is concern about old cabins in the Cottonwoods being knocked down and replaced with mountain style McMansions. If this concerns you, ask the county to decrease the maximum limits of disturbance and increase building setback for property lines.


FCOZ Open House

Thursday, September 15, 2016

6:00 to 7:30 p.m

SL County Government Center

North Building, Atrium (2001 S. State Street, SLC, UT 84190)

If you are unable to attend in person you may submit comments via telephone (385-468-6673) or by clicking HERE.

SOC staff will be at Thursday’s meeting to let the County know why these rules must be stringent in order to protect the mountains we depend on. We ask that you join us. You don’t need to be an expert but you do need to be there! County officials will be leaning heavily on public sentiment when finalizing FCOZ ordinances.


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