Roads, trails: opinions sought
December 31, 2012
DeAnna Miller was walking her dog, Filo, on Democrat Alley, an unpaved road on the west side of the Kamas Valley, on Saturday afternoon and said she frequently takes Filo there because of the open space with little traffic.
"I come here after I get done with work," Miller said. "It’s one of the few spots around that isn’t a thoroughfare. The other people that moved here probably did so for that reason. It’s really cool because there are cows out here and it’s just rural. I like that a lot."
Miller acknowledged the area will eventually be developed, and said that since she moved to Park City in 1978, it has changed a lot.
"But that’s why we live in Peoa now," she said. "We can afford it and we don’t have to worry about as many building and zoning codes."
According to the Eastern Summit County Transportation plan, which the county has been drafting, Democrat Alley will eventually be paved and upgraded with minor improvements.
"The plan tries to look through 2040, and considers trails, roads and anything transportation-related," Wilkerson said. "We even have a few blurbs in there on wildlife transportation, which is obviously pretty critical relative to the deer crashes we have."
In drawing up the transportation plan, staff drew a "faint" line to represent recreational trails, due to the scope of the plan, Wilkerson said.
"It doesn’t show a lot of recreational trails that may impact private property. It’s more than we are willing to address in this plan. That should be more of a recreation district function," he added.
The transportation plan has gone before Summit County staff, as well as several town planning boards in Eastern Summit County.
"Some have already adopted the plan by resolution, and others are still considering it," Summit County Engineer Kent Wilkerson said.
Now the plan is going before the public for input. On Jan. 3 and 17, the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission will hold public hearings, first in Kamas, then in Coalville.
"We want to make it available in each end of Summit County," Wilkerson said.
If the Planning Commission approves the plan, it will go before the Summit County Council for consideration as an ordinance.
"This is the first opportunity for us to formally request public input," Wilkerson said. "We seek input on every aspect of transportation. Hopefully the diversity of people’s interests relative to trails, transit and traffic will assist us. I encourage everyone to take a look at the plan."
The Eastern Summit County Transportation Plan is available on the Summit County website at http://www.summitcounty.org .
Eastern Summit County Transportation Plan public hearings
Jan. 3: 6 p.m. at the Kamas City Offices at 170 North Main Street in Kamas
Jan. 17: 6 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse at 60 Main Street in Coalville