Council to decide amendment's fate

The next phase of the Bonneville Shoreline will be decided March 17 at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers. If you use the trail, or ever want to, it is time to come out and show your support.

The details sound fairly simple and mundane: the City Council will have a hearing on the suggested amendment of the Open Space Master Plan to authorize the completion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the North Cove area north of City Creek Canyon.

Behind the dry description is a battle that has been waging for over two years between trail supporters and some residents of the exclusive North Cove gaited community on the plateau to the north of City Creek. Trail supporters, with the support of the National Forest Service and the Salt Lake City Planning Division, have proposed to take the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the east of the North Cove community, outside of all community lots and along public land from City Creek to the Ensign Peak radio towers. From here the route would connect to Bountiful, Mueller Park and points north.

Some North Cove residents have opposed this trail, even though their gaited community was originally approved only with a clause requiring trail access. Previous hearings before the Salt Lake City Planning Commission have ended with unanimous approval for the proposed trail, but the residents continue their opposition. The upcoming hearing will decide if the Open Space Master Plan will be amended to include the proposed trail route, thus ending the debate and allowing trail construction to continue.

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee enthusiastically supports the amendment and urges all trail advocates to attend the hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17 in the City Council Chambers, 451 South State. It is necessary for as many trail users and supporters as possible to attend the hearing. Speak in favor of the amendment and of completing the North Cove. If you cannot stay long or are uncomfortable speaking, simply fill out a card expressing your support for the amendment. It is very important that friends of the trail show up at the meeting, record their support and help show the City Council that trails are important to the quality of life that makes the Salt Lake area so unique.