Wasatch Environmental Update for September 24, 2017
By John Worlock, Once-up-a-Time Member of the Board of Directors of Save Our Canyons
“Autumn in the Wasatch and the Wasatch Canyons General Plan”
Autumn has officially arrived, and it’s time to plan your weekly visits to the nearby Wasatch Canyons. You will enjoy watching the spectacular fall colors as they creep, week by week, down the mountainsides from their first appearance in the highest reaches, toward their later decorations in the valley floor.
Your visits to the canyons will remind you why you treasure the beauty and the quiet of the Central Wasatch. And they will prepare you for your role in protecting and perpetuating those qualities of beauty and solitude.
For your role is an important one. It is for you that Salt Lake County is preparing a new master plan for the Central Wasatch: for you and your grandkids and for all the future residents of the Salt Lake Valley.
The county has just completed the short season for public comment on the new Wasatch Canyons General Plan. We hope you participated. But if you didn’t, then it is even more important that you attend the imminent open house at which the county planners will present their ideas.
The Wasatch Canyons General Plan will function as a master plan for the area of the county lying in the watersheds of the Big and Little Cottonwood Creeks, Mill Creek, and Parley’s Creek. As a master plan, it will not be specific and detailed, but will try to lay out something like the philosophy that should govern future actual zoning laws and regulations. Its generality is actually the source of its importance, as it must become a definite guide for many years to come. The previous such master plan is now three decades old. When you think of the changes in the valley and in the canyons in those thirty years you understand the importance of a new plan.
- Now pay close attention and get out your calendar for this week. This Wednesday, September 27, the county will host an open house on the Wasatch Canyons General Plan. It will be from 5 to 7 pm at the Whitmore Library, on Fort Union Boulevard at 2197 East. To refresh your memory of these details, visit saveourcanyons dot org. This Wednesday at 5 pm at the Whitmore Library: Wasatch Canyons General Plan Open House!