The Salt Lake County Council should, quickly and firmly, affirm the planning commission's recommendation to reject Terry Diehl's rezone request for property at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.
There are simply too many downsides to the rezone for county residents and an upside only for the property owners and developer, who has pursued this project through two jurisdictions for a decade but has convinced few of its merits.
At a public hearing before the planning commission in June, opponents included the Wasatch canyons watchdog group Save Our Canyons, representatives of the Wasatch Mountain Club and Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club. They cited harm to wildlife habitat, recreation and the fragile foothill terrain. The Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities pointed out that the water system servicing the 47 acres probably would be insufficient to support dense development that the requested FM10 zone would allow.