Our topic today is national monuments within the state of Utah. The impacts they have on counties and some of the options in the land use and management that have come to the forefront over the last few years. Joining us today for this panel discussion, is Randy Johnson, former Emery County Commissioner and a consultant that worked on the Washington County land-use bill; Jeff Horrocks, a current Commissioner from every county and Ted Wilson, senior adviser on the environment from the governor’s office.
Archives for July 2011
Our topic today is the value and the future of national monuments in the state and their impact on counties. so far we have covered an attempt to make a monument a bit of historical background with our discussion and we have introduced the idea of land-use planning bills as an alternative. Is the designation of monuments an antiquated method to land planning? Do they still have a place?
In 1996 President Bill Clinton used the Antiquities Act to declare the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument in Utah. The monument covers about 80% of Garfield and Kane County and it has created some challenges for the local governments in terms of generating funds to support the services that they need to provide to their counties. Now 15 years later the question is has it created the economic benefits from tourism that the monument was supposed to create, and what direction are Kane and Garfield taking in order to make the Monument work. Terry Wood has the story.
We’ve been discussing monument land planning in the counties and the impacts of setting aside lands for protection vs. development. How are the county by county land use bills pulling groups together to become more collaborative in land use planning?