Ravell Call, Deseret News
Carl Fisher of Save Our Canyons speaks during a rally against SkiLink in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Anyone who says SkiLink is circumventing local jurisdictions, in regards to the process, doesn't understand how it works.

Our local municipalities already have a rigorous local public process in place that will ultimately decide the fate of the SkiLink project. First of all, the federal legislative process allows for public input. Congress is an open transparent process and conducts public hearings seeking input from concerned parties like you and I before they take any action. Without the approval of the federal legislation, local jurisdictions have no authority to consider, analyze or approve or deny SkiLink. If SkiLink is approved by Congress, SkiLink will not be built unless it obtains approvals from local jurisdictions, including Salt Lake and Summit Counties. Both will have a very rigorous open public process. In fact, four public hearings or meetings will be required in Salt Lake County alone.

SkiLink will require approval from Salt Lake County under the Foothills and Canyons Overlay Zone, which contains stringent environmental and watershed protections, including a specific grant of authority requirement with respect to watershed protection from Salt Lake City.

More than enough local public consideration will take place before SkiLink will be built.

Todd Lamoreaux