Juab County agrees to support Nebo Loop Scenic Byway Management Plan
By Myrna Trauntvein
A new plan for the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway was adopted by resolution by Juab County.
The roadway is classified as a Utah State Scenic Byway and a National Scenic Byway in accordance with the State of Utah Scenic Byways Program and a United State Code.
As such, said Chad Winn, commission chairman, it requires periodic updates to the plan governing it.
The committee worked closely together and the document reflects the many ideas exchanged, he said.
"The changes that were suggested were made," said Winn.
The byway is accessed from I-15 north and exit 225 in Nephi, and the route extends east along SR 132 for approximately five miles to Salt Creek Canyon Road (national Forest Road 015); then continues north along Salt Creek Canyon Road which transitions into Nebo Loop Road through Juab County and Utah County and ends in the city of Payson.
Since the byway traverses Juab County and provides various scenic, leisure, and recreational opportunities for its residents the county commission is required to approve the plan before it can go into effect.
Winn said that Juab County commissioners, Rick Carlton, Byron Woodland, and himself, were listened to and their ideas considered.
Winn said that the CMP Update was prepared with the active participation of the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway committee. Locals sitting on the committee were Glenn Greenhalgh, county planning director, Randy McKnight, Nephi City Administrator, and Holly Young, Juab Travel Council.
Representatives of the municipalities along the byway corridor and Utah County and Juab County officials were not the only entities included in the planning.
Assistance from individuals representing other agencies and interests, along with technical planning assistance provided by the staff of Fehr and Peers was also utilized.
"The portion talking about dispersed camping was toned down," said Winn.
"There is no recommendation to change," said Greenhalgh. "Personally, I would not recommend an agreement that had a change in the way dispersed camping is handled."
The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway CMP Update includes strategies to preserve, protect, and promote intrinsic qualities of the byway through actions that are not regulatory or otherwise mandated by the Plan.
"Anything that requires matching funds will still need to be approved," said Winn. "All projects will satisfy a local need or value verified by members of the committe."
The scenic byway Corridor Management Plan (CMP) Update, as defined in Utah Code, has been prepared for the roadway currently designated as a State Scenic Byway and a National Scenic Byways.
The Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway constitutes the basis of the corridor and connects the many archeological, historic, scenic, cultural and recreational intrinsic qualities found along and within the byway corridor that are of influence.
Part of the resolution passed by the commission recognizes that the Nebo Loop CMP Update will reinforce the existing Nebo Loop Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.
Winn said that public meeting opportunities were provided to explain the Nebo Loop CMP Update and obtain input from the general public.
Successful implementation of the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway CMP Update depends on cooperation, collaboration and support of the municipalities along the Byway, Juab and Utah counties, and the U.S. Forest Service.
Juab County Commissioners agreed in the resolution to support the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway CMP Update.
The county will also provide commitment to collaborate in the process necessary for its implementation.
"Now therefore, be it resolved by the Juab County Commission that it does hereby adopt the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan Update and affirms its intention to participate in future implementation strategies described in the Plan," reads the conclusion of the resolution.
"This resolution shall be effective on the date it is adopted."
The plan was then voted for and was adopted as of June 17 with Winn signing the resolution which was attested to Patricia M. Ingram, clerk.
Much of the land bordering the central portion Byway is under U.S. Forest Service management, with the exception of Camp Maple Dell owned by the Boy Scouts of America and a 20-acre parcel near the Beaver Dam Overlook.
The land bordering the northern and southern reaches of the Byway are dominated by private property.