The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have to wait a while longer to start retrieving granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon.
As expected, two residents have appealed last week's decision by the Salt Lake County Planning Com-mission to allow the church a conditional use permit to split and remove granite boulders from a site 1.4 miles from the canyon mouth. The County Commission is scheduled to hear the appeal May 20.While the Granite Community Council has been involved in the effort to educate residents on the issue, it was not involved in the appeal.
Even if the County Commission declines to change the decision, the appeal will change the church's original plan to start operations in April.
"They have to go through the same procedure as everybody else," said commission spokesman Jim Braden.
The County Commission also hears Planning Commission appeals two weeks earlier, on May 6, but that meeting was already fully booked.
In any case, the church still had to jump through a number of hoops to get the conditional use permit - namely, satisfying the 16 conditions the Planning Commission put on its approval.