Discovery Project requesting setbacks
November 12, 2013
The Discovery CORE project, a combination of mixed affordable housing and market-rate housing located south of Kilby Road and the Weilenmann School of Discovery, may be going on to the next stage of what has been a multi-year process.
The area encompasses 70 acres, although less than 15 acres will actually be utilized for 105 units of development, according to Summit County documents. Glen Lent, the project manager for the developer, is requesting to the Summit County Council that structure setbacks from roads be changed.
The Discovery development is being executed under the now-outdated Community Oriented Residential Enhancement (CORE) code, the intent of which was to "promote workforce housing, avoid suburban sprawl through clustering, provide meaningful open space and preserve important view sheds," according to county documents.
"In the concept of clustering, when you set aside 80 percent open space and you put all of your units in a small area, you have to have different road standards," Lent said.
Among other requests, Lent is asking for reduced building setbacks for townhomes and single-family residences. Current code requires 30-foot front yard setbacks and 12-foot side and rear yard setbacks. One of Lent’s proposals is an 8-foot setback for a single-family residence on a 44-foot right-of-way with a 15-foot side and rear setback.
Lent also wants to increase road grades, reduce pavement width, reduce the distance between driveways and street intersections and increase the number of lots accessed by a single private driveway. He added that the CORE code incentivized developers with additional density to provide affordable housing.
"This will provide affordable housing in the community, which is desperately needed," Lent said. "We will set aside between 55 and 60 acres of open space in the view corridor to the community."
Other benefits, Lent said, include the addition of a trailhead to the Toll Canyon open space parcel, multiple pedestrian and biking trails throughout the open space that provide access to Toll Canyon and an extension of the Millennium Trail through the project space.
Questar Gas, Mountain Regional Water and the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District have said that they are in favor of Lent’s requests as long as there continues to be enough room for equipment to be installed to their standards, according to county documents.
The Summit County Council will accept public input on Lent’s special exception requests for the Discovery CORE project during its regular session at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Summit County Courthouse, 60 N. Main Street in Coalville. For more information, visit summitcounty.org.