Dr. John Carter, Engineer, Ecologist, and Manager of Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, sent the following comment on August 13 to the Morgan County, Utah, Planning Commission, who were considering the application to change the designation of a 3,000 acre site of land from “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community.”
Unfortunately, the change in designation was passed at the Planning Commission’s August 14 meeting, despite the room being packed, with standing room only, by a large number of supporters of wildlife and advocates for protection for the Sage Grouse, a threatened species.
The change in designation will pave the way for re-zoning and then development of the land. Despite the loss of this vote, the battle continues to preserve Utah’s wild places and prevent their being taken over by development. Dr. John Carter’s comment contains valuable points, relevant to much of Utah’s wild lands.
Mr. Bill Cobabe, AICP, Zoning Administrator
I have been following the Yaryca Future Land Use Map Amendment: An application for an amendment to the Morgan County Future Land Use Map, redesignating approximately 2980.4 acres currently designated “Natural Resources and Recreation” to “Master Planned Community”.
The County should place high value on this undeveloped land for the benefits it provides such as water storage and purification, wildlife and open space. A developer’s profits should not take highest priority and the County should consider the long term impacts to the local environment and community, such as increased maintenance costs, taxes, traffic, noise, public safety, crime, polluted runoff and the other negatives that follow such development.
Sage grouse are in trouble and you have a chance to help this situation instead of contributing to the extirpation of the species. Morgan County should be proud it has established this Natural area for its citizens and for wildlife and the environment and should not lightly change the designation. After all, we can see development all over the County and adjacent Urban areas….Keep the open space and be supportive of nature for the benefits it brings.
John Carter, Manager
Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
Photos: ©, 2014, Sharon St Joan / wild lands in Utah
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