Fate of Cherry Peak ski area appeal still undecided

LOGAN — Almost every seat in the historic Cache County Courthouse was filled Thursday evening as the Cache County Board of Adjustments addressed an appeal to deny a conditional use permit for the Cherry Peak Ski Area in Richmond. After representatives from the appellants and the developers made their arguments, the meeting resulted in a continuance in order for the board to further review the controversial issue. “It is simple to look at the record and see, without question, that the commission properly consulted the standards and had sufficient data and support to make an informed decision,” said Chris Daines, the attorney representing the developers. A group of Richmond residents filed the appeal on Feb. 15, arguing that the County Planning Commission made the decision on a whim and did not take into consideration the negative impacts of the resort. The attorney for the appellants, Kirk Robinson refuted claims that the commission spent adequate time reviewing the facts and making an educated decision. “What I think needs to be done, is real illumination,” Robinson said. “And that requires real looking at the data and thinking about it.” Josh Ruhaar, Cache County’s director of development services, discussed in depth, the process the commission went through to approve the permit.

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