Commission seat still open
Ryan Summerlin October 30, 2012
The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission seat left open by former Commissioner Martyn Kingston’s departure to Colorado remains unfilled.
Summit County Secretary Annette Singleton said she got word out about the open seat to as many places as possible but there was no interest.
"The application deadline closed but we had no applicants," Singleton said. "Sometimes we re-advertise, but where no one was interested this go around, and the cost to advertise is over $200, I think the plan is to wait a while before we re-advertise to drum up some interest."
Commissioners can serve up to three terms of three years each, for a possible total of nine years. Terms expire Feb. 28 each year, after which the Summit County Council reconsiders the commissioners.
"It’s a very good way to get involved," Summit County Community Development Director Don Sargent said. "If they want to know what’s going on in the Snyderville Basin, particularly land use matters, there is no better avenue."
The primary focus of the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission is to prepare and recommend the Snyderville Basin Planning District General Plan, consider and recommend Development Code agreements and review project applications, either approving them or recommending approval to the county manager or county council.
"It’s an exciting position to hold along with fellow commissioners to debate and discuss land use decisions in an advisory capacity," Sargent said.
Sargent said that while it is nice for commissioners to have a planning, legal, architecture or engineering background, it is not required. Applicants need only be residents of the Snyderville Basin Planning District, including Park City.
"The planning staff and, I think, the community appreciate anyone’s perspective from any background coming onto the commission to provide their expertise, whatever it might be," he said. "They only need an interest in the community’s build environment and the development that will occur over time."
Kingston accepted a college teaching position in Steamboat Springs, Colo., and while he maintains a residence in the Snyderville Basin, where he spends his weekends, he found it difficult to maintain the Planning Commission’s attendance requirements and resigned, Sargent said.
Commissioners meet twice a month and cannot miss more than three meetings in three consecutive months, or they risk expulsion.
Contact Annette Singleton at (435) 336-3025 for more information.