Residents voice disapproval of Stone Ridge development
December 16, 2011
Neighbors packed a Snyderville Basin Planning Commission public hearing Tuesday night to voice their opposition to the proposed Stone Ridge development. The meeting was standing room only with a Sheriff’s deputy on hand to maintain crowd control, if needed.
After listening to over three hours of public input, the Planning Commission was unable to reach a decision on whether or not to forward a positive recommendation of the project to the Summit County Council.
The Stone Ridge property is located on 300 acres east of Old Ranch Road.
According to Planning Commissioner Chuck Klingenstein, board members want to double check whether the developers plan will preserve over 80 percent of the property as open space. Only through this open space contribution are the developers allowed the high density and 230-units they are requesting.
"The county staff was not positive that it was exactly over 80 percent, so we need to verify that and make sure all the CORE requirements are checked off before forwarding a recommendation," he said.
Many of the neighbors who spoke out against the development said pushing the approval through right before the CORE development code is repealed seemed like mismanagement on behalf of the county.
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Chris Hague, who owns a house across from the proposed development, said that putting so many houses on such pristine land is against the Summit County General Code.
"This would never be allowed if it was not for CORE. The developer is asking for 230 homes on property that would normally only allow 15," he said. "Affordable housing needs have been met in the area and CORE is being repealed by the County Council for a reason, so why are we allowing another development through."
Many other residents who spoke at the meeting said the project would threaten the elk population that is abundant in the area and clog the neighborhood roads.
Kathy Einhorn, the principle of Trailside Elementary School, said the area already has too much traffic congestion.
"Most of our kids walk to school and if this development was built it would add significantly more traffic to Trailside Drive and endanger the children who cross that road every day," she said.
One of the requirements of CORE is that workforce housing be located near mass transit. Multiple residents pointed out the bus line that serves the area only runs once an hour and does not begin service early enough for resort workers to use.
"The workforce housing is segregated from the rest of the development, isn’t that against code, CORE and every other building principle?" said Bob Ainsworth, Homeowner’s Association president of Trailside neighborhood.
After hearing 33 residents testify and receiving multiple emails, the Commission said they understood the neighbors’ concerns that the recreational aspect of Old Ranch Road may be threatened by the increased traffic from the development and they would follow the law as closely as possible when making their decision.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to reconvene on Jan. 10 to forward its recommendation to the County Council. The final decision on the development will be made by the County Council.