Cedar Hills passes resolution for American Fork Canyon preservation

CEDAR HILLS, UTAH (ABC 4 Utah) - Residents took to the City Council and the Mayor of Cedar Hills demanding that American Fork Canyon be preserved.

Much of the argument revolves around Snowbird Resort. It wants to swap 1000 acres of its land for 416 acres of U.S. Forest Service land.
The resort says it doesn't want to build hotels or condos but create better ski and snowboarding.

"We would be able to do better avalanche control and safety and we would be able to have better lift alignments in and out of Mary Ellen Gulch," said Vice President of Resort Operations Dave Fields.

Cedar Hills residents don't believe it.

Charelle Hagen said "Those lands are our lands and I think we need to do what we can to make sure that they're available for us to use in a way we want to use. Not commercialized."

The town is located at the bottom of American Fork Canyon.
Tuesday ,the City Council adopted a new non-binding resolution to preserve the canyon.

Councilman Daniel Zappala said, "We want to be represented. we want to be able to have residents from Utah County on a committee."

This comes after Utah County Commissioners passed a strong resolution hoping to send a message to the Mountain Accord.

"The resolution is to let the Mountain Accord know, anything that happens in Utah County we want to control and have our citizens have a say in Utah County," said Utah County Commissioner Greg Graves.

If Utah County is not included in the new plans, commissioners are telling the Mountain Accord to stay in its chartered areas of Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch Counties.

This land swap ultimately comes down to Snowbird and the U.S. Forest Service making this deal. U.S. Forest Service has its own process where it will take public input.

Stay with Good 4 Utah as this story develops.

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