‘Aspen’ decision expected Monday | ParkRecord.com

‘Aspen’ decision expected Monday

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The fate of a ritzy new ski town in Wasatch County may hinge on a decision the Daniel Town Council could make Monday.

The high-end recreation community called Aspen would feature alpine skiing "equivalent to Deer Valley" and a world class golf course on 8,366 acres in the Heber Valley, Aspen developer Dean Sellers said in a prepared statement.

A new law makes incorporation of a town possible without county approval. As the developer and major landowner, Sellers would have the power to nominate candidates for mayor and town council if Aspen incorporates.

But a request from 35 landowners to incorporate the new ski town was rejected by Wasatch County. The decision was a victory for Heber Valley property owners living south of U.S. 40 who fought tooth and nail to stop Sellers from incorporating their property into the new town.

The Daniel Town Council could decide Dec. 3 whether homeowners against the Aspen development are allowed to annex into the municipality. As Daniel residents, almost 100 landowners in unincorporated Wasatch County could avoid being forced to live in the town of Aspen, explained Wasatch County resident Kasey Bateman, who filed the annexation petition.

Sellers has not included enough people in Aspen to justify forming the town, Bateman said, adding that at least 100 people must live in an incorporated area.

"My concern is just what it’s doing to the citizens right now," Wasatch County Councilman Mike Kohler said about the divisive proposal.

Perhaps Wasatch County citizens haven’t been included enough in the debate, Wasatch County Councilman Kendall Crittenden said.

"We’ve just been sitting on the side waiting," Crittenden said.

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