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Silver Creek Village Center approval could come this week

Summit County Council members are hoping that all of the issues they had raised with the Silver Creek Village Center developers two months ago have been resolved and the Development Agreement is ready for approval.

The outline of the 240-acre residential and commercial town center slated for the open space north of the Silver Summit Business Park on the southeast corner of Interstate 80 and U.S. 40 has been approved. At this point, the Council is merely negotiating the details.

"The project itself is already approved, so now we are looking at the specifics of the SPA to make sure it meets all the requirements and does a good job of holding the developer’s accountable for the original intensions of that SPA," County Council Chair Kim Carson said. "I hope we have all the information we need."

A vote on the 42-page document was postponed at the end of March even though the SPA designation was set to expire March 31. Council members unanimously elected to extend the Specially Planned Area (SPA) deadline through May 31.

The topic is scheduled as a work session item, with the possibility of approval, at the County Council meeting on Wednesday, May 27, at the Sheldon Richins Building, in Park City. County staff is recommending County Council approve the agreement, County Planner Jennifer Strader said in an email to The Park Record.

At the last meeting, council members spent more than three hours questioning the developer about the community benefits attached to the project and how traffic would be mitigated.

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"I think we had a very good, thorough discussion during the last work session and public hearing and I’m hoping those issues will have been resolved," Carson said.

"But I don’t think I’ll ever feel comfortable with having just the one roundabout," Carson added. "That continues to be an area of concern and I don’t know that that will be resolved in the SPA agreement. I was pleased to see the edits they made regarding transportation."

The original SPA agreement was approved in 2011 for 50,000 square feet of commercial space, with 80 acres designated for a community park and connected trails. The development will also include 1,290 residential units, including 330 affordable housing units. The project is vested under the 1997 General Plan and 1998 Development Code.

For the amount of density that it is approved for, it is "fairly well planned and has a lot of sustainable qualities built into the project," Carson said.

"We just want to make sure the language in the SPA is written to ensure that it’s crafted in a manner that guarantees that the intent will be the outcome," she said.

In addressing the issues raised by County Council, the edited version of the agreement contains several stipulations.

For example, where concerns were raised regarding the potential amount of residential density that could be converted into commercial use, the agreement now states "up to a minimum of 75,000 square feet of additional commercial-square-footage." Anything beyond that would require a significant amendment to the agreement.

Other amendments to the agreement include a section outlining the developer’s responsibility to donate a five-acre parcel to the South Summit School District and financially contribute to regional traffic studies and improvements.

"We’re really just fiddling around the edges of this agreement," County Council member Chris Robinson said. "The project has been approved and we can do our best to make it better, but it is not going to go away."

Robinson’s statements are a response to public comments that have been overwhelmingly negative.

"So what we do is we make them live up to their commitments and to our code and that’s what the purpose of our Development Agreement is," he said.

Both Robinson and Carson said they would be amendable to extending the SPA deadline again if council members still aren’t comfortable with the language in the agreement.

"We’re not looking to pick a fight or to say, ‘you’ve run out of time so we’re going to pull the rug out from under you’," Robinson said. "I think there is a 75 percent chance we will finish it. If for some reason we don’t, I’d be in favor of extending it a little longer so we can get it right. We want to deal in good faith. And I think we are fairly close on this."

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