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Council to consider pipeline regulations

To protect the health, safety and welfare of residents on both sides of the county, the Summit County Council will consider approving the addition of amendments to the Eastern Summit County and the Snyderville Basin Development Codes that would create new criteria for hazardous liquids or materials transmission pipelines.

The County Council plans to hold a public hearing to address the new criteria pertaining to transmission pipelines at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 West Ute Blvd., in Park City.

Both planning commissions held public hearings in November and were asked to forward positive recommendations on the amendments to the County Council, resulting in the formation of a subcommittee to review the code language and provide feedback.

In the current East Side Development code, any transmission line greater than 12 inches in diameter, regardless of the material inside, requires a conditional use permit. In the Snyderville Basin, a low-impact permit is required.

While each code addresses transmission pipelines, the proposed language would specifically identify pipelines carrying hazardous materials, with regulations specific to those.

Both codes are a 1,000-foot setback from water sources, rather than the previously suggested 2,500-foot setback.

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On Dec. 16, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission forwarded a positive recommendation on the addition of the regulations, while on Dec. 18 the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission forwarded a negative recommendation on the same language.

As a stop gap measure to Tesoro Refining and Marketing’s proposal to place a pipeline in the county, the County Council voted to adopt a Temporary Zoning Ordinance to address deficiencies in the existing code, specifically pertaining to hazardous liquids or materials transmission pipelines. The temporary ordinance is due to expire on Jan. 10, 2015.

For more information about the changes the planning department is proposing to the both the Eastern Summit County and Snyderville Basin Development Codes, contact the planning department or visit the county website at http://summitcounty.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/01072015-356?html=true and click on ‘Staff Report’.

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