Builder wants a gate
May 20, 2008
A homebuilder at Parleys Summit wants to gate his subdivision to keep out the riff-raff.
But Doug Knight, who is developing the Woods at Parleys Lane, faces opposition from some Snyderville Basin planning commissioners who say gating the community near Interstate 80 would send the wrong message.
"My bottom line is, I’m opposed to any gates in our community," Basin Planning Commissioner Julie Hooker said. "A gate just doesn’t belong in our community."
Planning Commissioner Claudia McMullin said she would also vote against allowing a locked gate at the neighborhood west of Jeremy Ranch.
"I don’t find the Woods at Parleys Lane to have an ongoing safety and welfare situation," McMullin said.
But homeowners in the Jeremy Ranch area claimed a gate would keep drivers off private roads at the Woods at Parleys Lane, which is a 42-lot subdivision.
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"I would like to voice my support for a gate at the end of Parleys Lane," Basin resident Cris Schulz said. "Help us protect our families and our homes."
Outdoors lovers use a public trailhead in the area.
"We should probably consider a gate," Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Mike Washington said after hearing from residents in a public hearing May 13.
The proximity of the community to Interstate 80 makes the Woods at Parleys Lane an attractive spot for would-be partiers, Washington said.
"There are a lot of issues with parking already," Knight told the Planning Commission. "It is really critical that we get these gates."
Gating the community would reduce crime in the neighborhood, he said, adding that Park City firefighters and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office support locking the gate.
A gate that currently exists at the subdivision cannot be locked.
"We were told we could have a guard, and the guard could turn people away," Knight said.
Knight sued the county last year after the Summit County Commission voted 2-1 to deny the gate proposal because it would encourage "exclusivity." But gates are not prohibited by the Snyderville Basin General Plan and Development Code.
Other gated communities in Summit County include the Preserve, the Trails at Jeremy Ranch, Red Hawk, the Ridge at Red Hawk, Promontory, Rockport Estates, Glenwild, Quarry Mountain and The Colony.
Last week, the Basin Planning Commission did not vote on Knight’s request for a conditional use permit for the gate.