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DRAPER PULLS IN THE REINS ON 2 RIDING STABLES

In a reflection of changing times here, the City Council on Tuesday voted to revoke permits for two riding stables.

Once a farming community, Draper, in recent years, has built its reputation on being horse-friendly. The city's Chamber of Commerce literature even brags about the city's trails and wide-open country.But last year, the South Mountain housing development displaced a riding school owned by Terry Coppin. She found a temporary haven next to another horse stable on 13200 South near the border of the Corner Canyon Preservation Area.

But both operations recently came under fire from neighboring residents and Duane Sadler, president of the Corner Canyon Irrigation Co., who said the horses were promoting erosion and threatening the canyon's watershed.

In February, the Planning Commission gave Coppin and neighboring stable operator Boyd Fitzgerald until July 1 to leave the area. But Sadler appealed the decision to the City Council, which voted 3-1 Tuesday to revoke the stables' conditional-use permits by the first of June, a month earlier.

Mayor Elaine Redd and some council members indicated the city still supports residents who own horses, but they hinted that horse-related businesses may have worn out their welcome.

"It's the type of business that's seen the writing on the wall for a number of years," said Councilman Darrell Smith, who made the motion to shorten the stables' lifetimes.

"I don't think anyone hates horses or anything," Redd offered, "but they're causing a lot of problems."

Sadler and two residents asked the council to oust the stables. Earl Garfield, who lives nearby, said the stables' horses are damaging private property.

Three other residents, including Coppin, used the public hearing to plead for more time. Coppin said she had hoped to complete her school's spring quarter before being forced out. She said she tentatively plans to relocate her business in Sandy.

Janice Klein, who said she has been harassed by fellow residents for riding her horse on a public roadway, told the council the stables were being blamed for things that aren't their fault.

"This is purely propaganda if you have to go to a meeting like this to beg for a place to ride," she said.

City officials pointed out that Coppin had failed to comply with several conditions the Planning Commission imposed upon her more than a month ago.