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SAM Magazine—Richmond, Utah, July 25, 2012—The proposed Cherry Peak ski area has been stalled by a group of local opponents here, who are appealing a county conditional use permit in Utah’s 1st District Court.

The local planning commission approved the permit last February, and the board of adjustments upheld that decision. Opponents claim the planning commission relied on faulty evidence and argue that the resort development is incompatible with the adjacent Richmond Wildlife Management Area.

While developer Logan Checketts had hoped to begin construction this fall, the District Court is not expected to hear the appeal until April 2013. However, county commissioners said Checketts has not followed through after receiving his conditional use permit, so it appears that he is not on schedule to follow his original timetable in any case.

The plan for the area, located three miles from downtown Richmond, outlines four lifts with 1,000 skier-per-hour capacity on 200 acres, at an elevation of 5,800 to 7,000 feet. The plan includes a 10,000 square-foot base lodge, restaurant and rental shop, terrain park, tubing hill, and zip line, with the first phase leading to a ski season for 2013-14.

To make it happen, Checketts is partnering with local resident John Chadwick, who has a stake in the property for the proposed resort. Chadwick had earlier submitted a development plan of his own in 2010 for the Rainey Ranch Ski Resort, but later withdrew that application.