A Utah landowner in Emigration Canyon envisions a zip line, sledding hill and gun ranges on his property. His neighbors hate the idea

A landowner in Emigration Canyon is seeking approval for a commercial development that would include a zip-line, two shooting ranges and a gazebo and picnic area for events. At a public meeting on Thursday, his neighbors vehemently protested the plan, expressing concern about fire danger, traffic and ecological damage. / Photo by Francisco Kjolseth / The Salt Lake Tribune

 

By Taylor Stevens | The Salt Lake Tribune

A small mountainside community in Emigration Canyon is fighting a commercial development proposal from one of its own neighbors that they worry would exacerbate traffic, environmental damage and fire danger near their homes.

John Walsh, an attorney who owns more than 58 acres of land at the top of Pinecrest Canyon Road, wants to create a gazebo for weddings and parties, two single-lane shooting ranges, a zip line and a winter sledding hill on about 12 acres of his property.

But during an emotional, three-hour long meeting Thursday of the Emigration Canyon Planning Commission, the more than 20 residents who spoke on Walsh’s proposal during a public hearing urged commissioners to “pump the brakes” on the project.

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