A 15-member committee that will oversee a major overhaul of the Salt Lake County ordinance governing development in the county's canyons and foothills was finalized without fanfare Tuesday.
Only one change was made to the committee membership originally proposed two weeks earlier by Mayor Peter Corroon. He originally had recommended that Thomas Chace and Walter Hoffman represent the southwestern part of the valley, where the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone (FCOZ) ordinance impacts the flanks of the Oquirrh Mountains.
But because Chace and Hoffman belonged to the same homeowners association and there are two in that area Corroon replaced Chace with William Coon, a member of the other homeowners' association, who has been actively involved in planning for Rose Canyon and Yellow Fork Canyon Park.
Otherwise, the FCOZ committee maintained its mixture of representatives from the ski industry and environmental groups, property owners and community councils, water quality protectors and an independent economist, along with former television anchorman Terry Wood.
"We have the waterfront covered by this board," said County Public Works Director Patrick Leary, whose portfolio includes the planning department.
"This ordinance really is about future development for all of us in the county and the surrounding region," he said. "Having all of the parties at the table to guide that discussion is critical to our success. Even the perception of having a biased process would be dangerous to us."
Leary said he hoped to pull the group together for its first meeting before the end of June, then to meet every other week through late August.
"We're going to be aggressive in the first couple of months," he said. "We want to get as much done [on the ordinance] as we can by the end of the year" when Corroon's term as mayor expires.
P Mark Crockett and Mike Winder, who are vying to be the GOP candidate for Salt Lake County mayor, will debate at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 S.