City Creek is now the city's creek.
The Salt Lake City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to annex 5,811 acres in City Creek Canyon, bringing the 10-mile-long canyon on the north edge of the city fully within city boundaries.The city already owns much of the land in the canyon, using it as watershed and maintaining it as a nature preserve. Annexation will enable the city to better manage the canyon, said Public Utilities Director LeRoy Hooton Jr.
Previously, the land was under city and county jurisdiction, meaning the area fell under Salt Lake County law enforcement and zoning jurisdiction in the upper canyon and city jurisdiction in the lower canyon, Hooton said.
"This (annexation) will unify law enforcement in the canyon," Hooton said, adding the city will be able to use its own zoning laws now to protect the canyon's watershed.
Additionally, annexation will permit the city to better address other land-use issues in the canyon under city zoning ordinances, said assistant Planning and Zoning director Bill Wright.
Little will change in the canyon, a haven for hikers, joggers, bikers and, in October, deer hunters. Hooton said use of the canyon by fun seekers will not be changed under the annexation.