Neighbors tapped for input
July 5, 2011
Summit County planners are asking for residents’ help as they update the Snyderville Basin General Plan and decide what changes need to be made to create the kind of county people want to see in 2050.
Four open-house-style workshops will be held in July and August for specific neighborhoods. Residents can discuss their neighborhood goals and priorities and give input on the neighborhood plan updates. The meetings will have a hands-on format, allowing citizens to stop by for 10 minutes or spend the entire hour and a half at the open house.
Summit County 2050 workshops will also be held for both the Snyderville Basin and Eastern Summit County this week. Unlike the neighborhood workshops, where residents will be expressing their values and thoughts for only their area, the 2050 workshops will help decide the plan for the entire county.
According to Snyderville Basin Planner Kimber Gabryszak, there are quite a few substantial changes being made to neighborhood plans that residents can learn about at the meetings.
"The chapters [of the General Plan] devoted to each neighborhood we want to make sure reflect the values and goals of those neighborhoods," Gabryszak said.
Similar workshops were held last year by planners to get feedback on the future of the Snyderville Basin. Participants were asked to show where they saw problems with growth, if low-income housing should be built, and where more trails were needed. Gabryszak said the workshops helped the planners learn the priorities and concerns of the neighborhoods.
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Around 200 people came to the two meetings and gave comments that ranged from, "I would make Old Ranch Road a biking road with a lane the whole way I love the view but can’t enjoy it for fear of the cars" to, "Affordable housing should not just be dumped in with new projects. It is unfair to the people living next to those projects."
As the Snyderville Basin General Plan gets reformatted and simplified, Gabryszak wants to make sure nothing gets lost, and thinks the best way to do that is to have the neighbors look over the new proposals first.
Summit County Planning Commissioner Chair Julie Hooker hopes that people come to the meetings with the understanding that open houses like these allow the public and planners to work together.
The Summit County 2050 workshops will explore where future open space and new communities should be added over the next 40 years, giving residents a voice in the future of the county. In 2008 and 2010 similar meetings occurred. The combined results of all the meetings will be examined incorporated into the new plan.
"No one comes to these meetings, then when things happen, people wonder why and ask how was that was allowed," said Gabryszak. "This is residents’ chance to give input and make sure they know what is going to be allowed and what isn’t."
The current neighborhood plans can be found in the Snyderville Basin General Plan online at http://www.co.summit.ut.us/communitydevelopment , proposed changes to the plan will be presented at the neighborhood meetings.
The first neighborhood meeting will be held on July 12 and focus on the Summit and North Mountain neighborhood planning areas. If you live in any of the following general areas please participate in the first session:
Jeremy Ranch area
Silver Creek area
Summit Park area
Goshawk, Preserve, Glenwild, Red Hawk, Stagecoach area
Any lots outside or inside these subdivisions but still in these general areas
Other neighborhood meetings scheduled are:
July 26, 2011 Kimball Junction & Rasmussen Bitner neighborhoods
This includes: Kimball Junction businesses, Redstone, Newpark, Tanger, Powderwood area, Bear Hollow Village, Blackhawk Station & Spring Creek area, etc.
August 9, 2011 East Basin, Old Ranch Road, and eastern half of the Sun Peak / Silver Springs neighborhood
This includes: Silver Springs, Snyder’s Mill, Old Ranch Road subdivisions and parcels, Trailside, Mountain Ranch Estates, Highland Estates area, and area east of U.S. 40
August 23, 2011 West Mountain and western half of Sun Peak neighborhood
Canyons, Sun Peak, White Pine Ranches & Ivers
All meetings will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 W Ute Blvd.
Summit County 2050 Meetings:
July 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Snyderville Basin Meeting
Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 Ute Blvd. Park City
July 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Eastern Summit County Meeting
Wanship Fire Station, 2000 S. Hoytsville Rd. Wanship