Canyons resubmits maintenance facility plan
June 12, 2015
Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioners say they are "much more comfortable" this time around with the location and proposed site plan for a new ski maintenance facility at Canyons Resort.
"It makes a lot more sense in this new location and we are looking forward to them bringing us a nice application based on the all the input we gave the other night," said commissioner Chuck Klingenstein. "We want to make sure it’s done right."
The chosen site for the facility is northwest of the Grand Summit Lodge near the end of Willow Draw Road. It will be approximately 19,000 square feet, with 65 parking spaces, and will include a fuel depot, food commissary and storage space for snow cats, snowmobiles and operations equipment. The facility would be accessed from Willow Draw Road.
The Summit County Planning Department has already received the three applications that are required for the project. The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission held its first work session to address the applications Tuesday. A public hearing is expected to take place sometime next month.
In order to move forward with the project, an amendment to the Canyons development agreement regarding land use and zoning is required because the current agreement doesn’t allow for a ski maintenance facility. This amendment will eventually have to go before the Summit County Council for final approval.
The other two applications submitted on behalf of the project pertain to changes to the West Willow Draw Area Master Plat and the final site plan. Both of those applications will be sent to Tom Fisher, county manager, for final approval.
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A component of the Canyons development agreement stipulates that the resort must have a maintenance building. The current building is located in the Frostwood area, but has to be removed by June 2016 to allow for the completion of the golf course.
In 2013, the Planning Department received an application for the project, but in a different location, essentially in the core of Canyons Resort on Canyons Resort Drive between the Grand Summit Hotel and the Hidden Creek Condos. That application received a negative recommendation from the Planning Commission and was ultimately denied at that site.
"Regardless of a negative recommendation, the previous location was less than ideal," Commissioner Colin DeFord said in an email to The Park Record. "It placed a back-of-house operation smack dab in the front of the house. As well there were light and noise issues as a majority of the operations will be at night during the winter."
The new facility is approximately 600 square feet larger than the original proposal. It is slated to be constructed during the summer of 2016.
Spencer White, vice president of development for Replay Resorts who appeared on behalf of Canyons at the meeting, said "we think this is a great site for the ski maintenance facility."
"We are pretty excited about it," White said. "We feel like it makes sense and fits all of the requirements that we need for a ski maintenance facility."
The proposed location in Willow Draw will be screened from guests during their mountain experience, DeFord said.
"The immediate area is slated for more hotels, but as long as this building is first in, future building designs will be built with this building in mind," DeFord said.
However, DeFord said he would like to see more detailed renderings on how the building "sets into the topography including the grading plan, how the location interacts with the golf course as well as the nearest buildings and an understanding of setbacks in Willow Draw." He said he is interested in specific site details, such as how truck deliveries will enter the property and turn around.
As the proposal is further vetted, DeFord said he is "looking forward to hearing from the neighbors and the public" at the upcoming public hearing.
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