Salt Lake County planners have voted to rezone land in an area on the side of the Oquirrh Mountains where BP Minerals wants to mine for gold.
Company officials still must get approval from state health officials before they begin the 650-foot-deep open-pit mine. County planners also must approve details of the plan.The county Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to rezone the 2,320-acre site.
Company officials said the mine will produce about 70,000 ounces of gold each year for eight years. It will add about 200 permanent jobs to the local economy. Ugly scars on the side of the mountains would be covered with new vegetation when the project has ended, officials said.
Officials said the mine will be much smaller than the nearby Bingham Canyon Mine.