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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

As developers haggle with the Basin Planning Commission, some Pinebrook residents are bracing for construction of 70 new homes near the intersection of Kilby Road and Pinebrook Boulevard.

"It looks really crowded to me and I’m not sure how to resolve this," Planning Commissioner Kathy Kinsman said, calling the plan "overwhelming for the small area."

Plans for the 114,000 square-foot condominium project include 18 two-story buildings, which mostly contain four units each.

Rights to develop commercial and residential real estate, which expire in February, were approved by Summit County to settle a vested-rights lawsuit in Pinebrook in 1997, according to a staff report from the Summit County Community Development Department.

Still, planners are concerned about potential impacts of the Quarry Springs at Pinebrook subdivision on storm drainage and area viewsheds.

"Structures will be designed architecturally and sited in a manner that presents a variety of façade treatments to the viewer from Kilby Road and [Interstate 80]," states the staff report, which adds that roughly 20 two-bedroom, 30 three-bedroom and 20 four-bedroom condos are planned at Quarry Springs.

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According to Basin Planning Commissioner Mike Washington, "I’m wary of architecture that all looks alike."

However, he cautioned developer Rane Smith not to create a "hodgepodge" of architecture in the area.

"I look forward to seeing some variation in the architecture," added Planning Commissioner Kurt Danitz.

To make the neighborhood appear less dense, Commissioner Tom Brennan suggested constructing fewer three-story buildings.

"You’ve got density and square footage," Brennan said about the developer’s vested property rights. "But if the physical parameters of the site won’t accommodate it, those are the parameters."

Bruce Taylor, who chairs the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission, acknowledged the board had lots of concerns about the project during a work session last week.

"I think it would be helpful for the commission to see a whole streetscape," Taylor concluded.

Christmas tree permits available

With Christmas around the corner, families can have a unique recreational outing by obtaining permits to cut their own holiday trees in forests near Park City, U.S. Forest Service officials say.

Trees must be cut close to the ground leaving the stump no higher than six inches, according to Kathy Jo Pollock, a Forest Service public information officer for the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

A shovel should be used to dig through the snow to the base of the tree, she said, adding that a flashlight, hatchet, ax and rope might also come in handy.

"Tree topping is not allowed," Pollock said.

Holiday trees cannot be cut within 200 feet of lakes or streams, roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites or summer home areas.

Contact the Ashley National Forest at (435) 789-1181 for information about tree cutting in Vernal, Duchesne or Roosevelt.

Information about obtaining tree permits in the Evanston or Mountain View ranger districts in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest can be obtained by calling (307) 789-3194.

Due to infestations of bark beetles, Christmas tree permits are not issued in the Kamas Ranger District.