Corroon picks 15 to help plan canyons' future
Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon on Tuesday unveiled his list of 15 nominees to oversee a monumental revision of the ordinance governing development in the canyons and foothills.
They included canyon residents and conservationists, community activists and outdoors enthusiasts, a resort attorney, a water manager, even a former TV anchorman.
None seemed to cause any obvious heartburn, but the County Council voted 5-4 to put off confirming the panel until its June 5 meeting.
First, Democratic Councilman Randy Horiuchi said he wanted to expand the board with the addition of Darlene Batatian, a county planning commissioner who has espoused ski industry positions in previous issues involving the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ) ordinance.
He also argued the committee should include a homebuilder and a real estate agent.
Then Republican Councilman Michael Jensen said he wanted to delay approval "because a guy I wanted on it didn't get on."
The two-week delay will provide time, said Council Chairman David Wilde, a Republican, "to digest the names and see if there is an appetite to replace a couple of [recommended] names with other people."
Or the committee could grow to 16, maybe 17 members.
The holdup frustrated Corroon, who observed that one of the goals of his final year in office is to finish the FCOZ makeover, which will play a vital role in determining future land issues in the canyons ringing the Salt Lake Valley.
Democratic Councilman Jim Bradley also was disturbed by the idea of the council asking the mayor to present a list of names, which he did, and then coming back with requests for their own people to serve.
"What are the rules of the game now?" he asked.
But Horiuchi maintained the council had a right to study the mayor's nominees, which were given to the council a few hours before Tuesday's meeting.
"Our consent is what it's all about," he said. "Do we deserve the right to look these over. The consent part is as important as the appointment part."
In general, Corroon, a Democrat, received plaudits from the Republican-led council for what he described as pulling together "a diverse group of people representing different interests."
The ski resorts would be represented, for example, by attorney Martin Banks, conservationists by Save Our Canyons' Carl Fisher, recreationists by the Wasatch Mountain Club's William McCarvill.
Representing property owners would be Barbara Cameron, of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and Sarah Bennett, of Emigration Canyon. And, from the hills and dales of southwest Salt Lake County, Thomas Chace and Walter Hoffman.
The influential Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities would have water resources manager Laura Briefer on the board, while a half dozen positions would go to planners or individuals who deal with issues involving the foothills and canyons, such as the Mount Olympus Community Council and the League of Women Voters.
Most well-known among the nominees is former television anchor Terry Wood, who now serves on a committee studying mountain transportation options.
And the list includes Holladay resident Marlin Struhs, an adjunct instructor in economics at private colleges, who "holds no political party affiliations ... would like to believe that his decisions are based on sound economic principles rather than emotion and ... has the time to devote to the committee."
Corroon's canyons panel
The 15 nominees from Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon to serve on a committee overseeing the rewriting of the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ) ordinance:
• Martin Banks, an attorney representing resorts in the Cottonwood canyons
• Sarah Bennett, Emigration Canyon resident and trails advocate on the county's Open Space Trust Fund
• Laura Briefer, water resources manager for the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities
• Barbara Cameron, chairwoman of the Big Cottonwood Community Council
• Thomas Chace, an engineer involved in development of Hi Country Estates in southwest Salt Lake Valley foothills
• Carl Fisher, executive director of Save Our Canyons conservation group
• Robert Grow, founding chairman of the Envision Utah 1997-99 planning effort
• Polly Hart, member of Salt Lake City's Historic Landmark Commission
• Walter Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Farms in the southwestern Salt Lake Valley
• Linda Johnson, co-president of the League of Women Voters, active in environmental issues
• William McCarvill, conservation director of the Wasatch Mountain Club
• Nicole Omer, former Cottonwood Heights councilwoman who was in office when the city passed a sensitive-lands ordinance
• Jeff Silvestrini, chairman of Millcreek Township Council and Mount Olympus Community Council
• Marlin Struhs, adjunct faculty member teaching economics at private colleges
• Terry Wood, former television anchor now on Mountain Transportation Stakeholder Committee