After a review of hundreds of documents, a hearing that lasted over three hours, and over a month of deliberations, the Kanab Appeals Officer has denied an appeal by the Taxpayers Association of Kane County (TPA) challenging the Kanab City Planning Commission’s issuance of a conditional use permit to Viresco Energy.

The full decision, available on the Kanab City website, dismisses all the arguments presented by the TPA, stating unequivocally that the planning commission did not act arbitrarily or illegally, as had been accused.

The permit allows Viresco to exceed the height limitations in the M-2 zone for two smokestacks, if the applicant meets seven conditions. The conditions cover areas such as emissions, appearance, safety, and removal of the smokestacks if operations cease.

This is the third appeal brought forward by the TPA regarding land use decisions over the last year, and in each instance, the city’s actions have been upheld after careful review.