The Salt Lake City Council will retire to the mountains Wednesday for a retreat to discuss long-range financial policy, land use and a recent study by the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team.

The council will meet at Alta Lodge in Little Cottonwood Canyon from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with staff members and officials involved in the R/UDAT study, completed last June."It (the retreat) gives the council an opportunity to get away and take a look at the big picture of everything," said Cindy Gust-Jenson, community relations coordinator.

At the retreat the council will consider a proposed statement of financial philosophy outlining fiscal goals for future budgets.

The council will also discuss land use at the retreat, a source of frustration for some council members, Council Chairman Tom Godfrey said. Last February, the council eliminated a land-use planning staff position.

Finally, the council will hear from R/UDAT officials who have drafted implementation guidelines from the R/UDAT study last June, when a group of planners visited Salt Lake City to study the ailing central business district.