The argument over development in Utah's ski resorts is warming up, as a citizens group sponsors a debate on Brighton's expansion plans and the U.S. Forest Service begins studying a sewer line proposal.
Save Our Canyons, a conservation group, has scheduled a debate for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the South Salt Lake auditorium, 25th S. State. Bob Bailey, president of the Utah Ski Association, will debate Rep. David Jones, D-Salt Lake.Admission is free and refreshments will be provided, according to Save Our Canyons. The debate will cover the topics, "Ski area expansion - who profits? Who pays?"
The group maintains that the Forest Service is trying to rush through a proposal for Brighton's expansion "in an attempt to minimize public input and public review."
Save Our Canyons has advocated that members of the public should also attend an informal open house on the proposal, set for 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Service offices, 6944 S. 30th East.
Meanwhile, the Forest Service announced it is starting a study of a sewer line from Solitude to Brighton.
"Solitude Improvement District has requested the Forest Service to issue a special use permit authorizing the construction of a sewer line . . . across the national forest," said a spokesman for Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Agency experts must decide whether to allow the construction across the forest. If they do allow it, they must determine the route to follow, the size of the pipe and the mitigating measures to be imposed.
Written comments and suggestions on the pipeline should be mailed to the district ranger, Salt Lake Ranger District, 6944 S. 30th East, Salt Lake City, UT 84121.
Comments should be received by April 20. An environmental assessment is due to be released a month later. The assessment will determine whether a full-blown environmental impact statement is needed.