Citizens appealing conditional use permit issued for ski resort based on "flawed evidence"

<strong>RICHMOND—</strong>A citizens group has filed an appeal of a conditional use permit approved by the Cache County Planning Commission in an effort to stop construction of a ski resort one mile east of Richmond.

The permit was approved for Logan Checketts to build the Cherry Peak Ski Resort, which includes four lifts, a lodge, mid-mountain warming hut, numerous runs, snowmaking equipment, and parking for 600 vehicles.

Attorney Kirk Robinson, legal counsel for the plaintiffs, said the commission used flawed evidence to support its decision because the resort is incompatible with the adjacent Richmond Wildlife Management Area.

On KVNU’s Crosstlk show Monday, Dan Miller, Executive Director of the Bear River Watershed Council, said the commissioners conducted a so-called wildlife study on their own that said the project would not impact anything.

Robinson said the law requires that conditional use permits be granted only on substantial evidence that a proposed property use will be compatible with a nearby existing property use. The court is scheduled to hear the appeal in April.

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