An expansion could be in the works for the Tanger Outlets if Summit County comes to a new development agreement to accommodate the project. The expansion is set to be part of a public hearing at next week's Snyderville Basin Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 10.

The total requested expansion is 23,500 feet, to be divided into 21,270 square feet of gross leasable area and 2,230 square feet of storage space, according to Summit County Planner Amir Caus.

Originally approved and built as the Factory Store Outlet in 1985 with 208,669 square feet of density, the Tanger Outlets was part of a Specially Planned Area (SPA), located in a Town Center Zone. Through the SPA process, 106,835 square feet was added in 1999 through provisions in the Snyderville Basin Development Code.

Because the old SPA agreement expired, the developers were required to go through a new SPA process, Caus said, but only for the proposed expansion areas of the project.

In order to be allowed to go above the base zone density for the area, Caus said Tanger is required to provide community incentives along with the expansion. That includes providing 8.617 units of affordable housing, which Tanger will fund through a fee-in-lieu payment.

In addition to the affordable housing units, Caus said Tanger is also proposing to add $269,637 as a community incentive to be contributed to transitional housing for the Peace House. The Summit County Council, however, is the final authority on how any funds will be assigned.

Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten said Tanger initially approached them to see if they were interested in being the recipients of the community incentive funds. She said the Peace House is "desperately in need" of transitional housing and this could represent the "first seed planted" for it in the community.

Patten said the Peace House has an emergency shelter located in Park City, but that such a resource is not always the greatest in helping people get back on their feet.

"It's difficult for a family staying in an emergency shelter to find a place to live in the community while they're trying to get a job and stay self-sufficient," Patten said. "Transitional housing creates that extra time for them to get on their feet and move forward with their lives."

Caus said planning staff have been working on Tanger's expansion application since October 2011, but have had difficulties with the lack of community incentives that the developers had proposed. Depending on forthcoming design requirements that have yet to be finalized, Caus said staff is likely to forward a positive recommendation on the project. Additional community incentives, he added, include some environmental improvements to the design.

Patten said she does not know where the potential transitional housing would be located but said the Peace House would be searching for land. She said she "would love it" if someone would donate land and added it would not have to be in Park City but preferably on or near a bus route.

The Peace House has been in favor of the expansion, Patten said, and is pleased that the Tanger Outlets is willing to donate community incentive funds to their efforts.

"The Tanger Outlets want to be community partners and have really made the effort to show that in their interest in doing this," Patten said.

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing regarding the Tanger Outlets expansion on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 W. Ute Boulevard. For more information, contact Amir Caus at 435-336-3117 or at acaus@summitcounty.org.