The Salt Lake County Council will be voting to adopt the West Bench General Plan during the council meeting on Tuesday May 10th at 4 pm.
This general plan will guide development on the west bench and in the Oquirrhs. Despite public opposition the plan still includes proposed development of over 1,000 acres in the Soldier Flats and Knee Weakener areas of Coon Canyon. This beautiful and unique area of the Oquirrhs has been preserved largely untouched to this day, and deserves to be protected for generations to come. Coon Canyon provides critical habitat for wildlife, is home to priceless indigenous artifacts, and could one day provide much needed outdoor recreation for the west side of the county.
There will be an opportunity for public comment during the County Council meeting on Tuesday. You can make a comment in person at the County Council Chamber or join the meeting virtually to make comment using this link:
You can read a copy of the West Bench Plan here: https://slco.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10876216&GUID=AE8E6557-3E91-4230-BCA0-0DB307194ADA
If you can’t attend the meeting in person or online you can also submit a comment ahead of time through email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending a short email to members of the County Council is another great way to make your voice heard. You can find their contact information here: https://slco.org/council/
This will be the final chance to impress upon County leaders the urgent need to protect the Oquirrhs. Please take a moment to reach out and and ask the County to not include any part of Coon Canyon for potential development, and instead work with Rio Tinto, the State of Utah, and other vested parties to plan for long term conservation. We can make a difference!