Council reappoints Basin planning commissioners |

Council reappoints Basin planning commissioners

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

The Summit County Council voted unanimously Wednesday to reappoint Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioners Flint Decker and Julie Hooker to serve on the board through February 2013.

Decker has already served one term on the panel that holds great influence on development matters in the Basin.

"It’s an honor to be able to do this level of community service," Decker said as councilpersons interviewed him Wednesday.

The Basin Planning Commission is facing "some real serious challenges," Decker said.

"There are complicated, large developments," he said.

The Basin Planning Commission works well together and often votes unanimously, Decker said.

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But the learning curve is steep, he added.

"It’s about to go into a lot more complicated time than an easier time," Decker said.

Decker is a Realtor who sells units at the Montage development, which is under construction at Empire Pass. He said he does not expect to need to withdraw from any Planning Commission discussions because of conflicts of interest.

"With regard to the Montage, I don’t see a conflict of interest, or any upcoming issues with regard to recusing myself," Decker said.

Hooker has also served on the Planning Commission for the past three years.

"It took me three years to get up and running," she said Wednesday in a conference call with councilpersons.

The need for more work force housing on the West Side of Summit County is an issue the Planning Commission must continue to address, Hooker said.

Traffic is also a concern, she said.

"Traffic concerns are brought up in every single Planning Commission meeting," Hooker said.

Hooker is a teacher at Treasure Mountain International School.

The seven people interviewed for the two posts also included John Carty, Shawn Wiest, Joel Fine, Judith Jung and Kate Riggs.

18 applicants on the East Side

The Summit County Council is scheduled to interview 18 people who applied to two open seats on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission.

The applicants include: Allen McNeil, Rod Maxfield, Tonja Hanson, Tom Clyde, Rob Burkinshaw, Marion Wheaton, Bradley Marchant, Bill Wilde, Richard Gunnerson, Mike Crittenden, Chris Ure, Paul Weller, Thomas Boyer, Paul Evans, Richard Salowey, Preston Tholen, Kent Peterson and Brian Blazzard.

The openings on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission come as a result of the retirements of Planning Commissioners John Blazzard and Antone Powell, who are completing their third terms on the panel.