Salt Lake County's Planning Commission has given Brighton Ski Resort preliminary approval to proceed with improvement and expansion plans.

The approval will allow Brighton to relocate and lengthen the Mary lift, add a beginners run and ski tow for youngsters and build a new ski school facility.However, the Planning Commission temporarily withheld approval on a Brighton request to construct a new skiers service center intended to provide lockers, ski rentals and ticket sales, especially for skiers using mass transit.

The skier services building may be reconsidered after the county has completed and adopted its Wasatch Canyons Master Plan, the Planning Commission agreed.

The county's approval follows the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow Brighton to move ahead with its plans.

The county's preliminary approvals are subject to the same environmental and mitigation conditions set by the Forest Service. Once those conditions have been satisfied, the resort may apply for final approval of its plans.

Brighton plans to replace the current Mary lift with a new high-speed quad ski lift that will eliminate base-area congestion and long lift lines. The new Mary lift will open additional ski terrain.