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Utah’s Zion National Park’s signature red road takes visitors along a five-mile scenic drive through the park’s Kolob Canyons section.

Washington Country turned down a proposal Tuesday (Dec. 3) for a commercial development that would have moved in outside of Zion National Park’s Kolob Canyons area in Utah, according to The Spectrum.

The proposed zone change for land just off Interstate 15 near New Harmony was denied unanimously by the Washington County Board of Commissioners. The application had requested to change the zoning from agriculture and residential to commercial, and included plans for a potential RV park, hotel and gas station.

The decision was made by the commissioners after the county planning commission had recommended approval on Nov. 12.

“If we’re going to let commercial facilities go in there, we have to have the infrastructure developed to keep up,” Commission Chair Dean Cox said.

Dozens of residents from New Harmony and surrounding areas were present at the county commissioner meeting to present their concerns about the development. Residents talked about light pollution, response times of law enforcement, infrastructure and water supply among other issues during the public hearing.

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