A study tying the future of Wayne County to its treasures of the past is nearing fruition.
The principal aim of the county and its planning commission is to encourage the economic health of the county while protecting the rural quality an beauty of the area, said County Commissioner Clenn Okerlund. Historic county treasures include Goblin Valley, Butch Cassidy's Robbers' Roost country and Capitol Reef National Park.But the study isn't yet complete, and Planning Commission Chairman Forrest Sims said members want more input from the county's 2,400 residents and more discussion. A top priority is a development code for unincorporated areas of the county.
In addition to public meetings and written comments, some 400 county residents will be involved in a Utah State University survey regarding planning issues. That study is being conducted by county agent Verl Bagley.
Okerlund noted that a zoning map has been posted in the county courthouse in Loa, and copies of the proposed planning code are available at the assessor's office.
Written comments will be accepted by the planning commission and the public is invited to attend the group's meetings, held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.