Potential amendments to the Snyderville Basin Development Code could allow for certain residents to continue having homes and structures that do not conform to code. A planning commission hearing on Tuesday could lead to language on non-conforming uses being changed in the code.

According to Summit County planner Tiffanie Northrup-Robinson, one aspect of the amendments would permit those residents whose structures were legally built before zoning changes to maintain their non-conformity to the code. They would not be permitted to increase non-conformity, however.

For instance, if a zone-required setback for a building from a road or right-of-way is 12 feet and the resident's home has an eight-foot setback, that resident would be able to maintain that distance. If a person's deck has a similar setback and they wanted to replace it, they would be able to do so, as long as 50 percent of the required setback is met.

Northrup-Robinson said these changes to the code were prompted by a recent large increase in the number of applications sent to the Board of Adjustment for older subdivisions, such as those in Silver Springs, which were in place prior to a 100-foot stream setback requirement.

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to discuss and potentially recommend proposed amendments to the Snyderville Basin Development Code regarding expansions of residential non-conforming uses on Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building, 1885 W. Ute Boulevard.


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For a staff report, visit summitcounty.org or contact Tiffanie Northrup-Robinson at 435-336-3139 or via trobinson@summitcounty.org.