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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is slated to debate whether a 9-hole golf course should be built east of Interstate 80 near Hoytsville Road in Wanship.

During its Wednesday meeting commissioners will discuss an application for a conditional use permit for the Cherry Canyon Golf Club in North Summit.

A driving range for golfers has been operating on part of the property since 2006, according to a Summit County Community Development Department staff report.

"The land owner is now requesting approval of a 9-hole pitch and putt course to complement the driving range and provide an additional golf recreational opportunity to the general public," the staff report states.

Planning commissioners are slated to discuss the matter at the Summit County Courthouse at 60 N. Main in Coalville Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Trail talk at Swaner preserve

New additions to the public trail system in the Snyderville Basin are being discussed at the Swaner Nature Preserve.

The proposed list of improvements includes:

East Canyon Creek nature walk: a roughly 5,000-foot boardwalk designed for pedestrians north of Interstate 80.

Highland Drive upgrade: extends existing road shoulder for cyclists and pedestrians near Kimball Junction east to Old Ranch Road.

Boardwalk to nature center: the nearly 2,400-foot boardwalk would begin near the Swaner Nature Preserve kiosk south of Highland Drive and travel north across the preserve to the nature center at Wallin Farm.

Wallin Farm boardwalk: the 5,500 foot boardwalk would begin near the kiosk and head south eventually connecting to the trail system managed by the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District.

Swaner officials estimate the total cost of the projects at roughly $2.7 million. Their projected timetable has the boardwalks complete in 2009 and road improvements finished in 2010.

Deadline looms to join pathways committee

With formation of a committee underway in Summit County to address the growing needs of non-motorized trail users, the Summit County Commission is seeking interested citizens in eastern Summit County to apply to serve on the advisory board.

"This is a great opportunity for enthusiastic individuals who are horse riders, cyclists, walkers, mothers, fathers, skiers, runners, or individuals with experience in the health, planning, recreation, transportation, or legal fields," according to Summit County trail planner Trish Murphy.

Applications are due Feb. 21. For more information contact Murphy at (435) 640-2196 or Summit County planner Don Sargent at (435) 336-3125. Or visit summitcounty.org/commission/vacancies.html.

Hotel for Sun Peak will be reconsidered

After deciding against the proposal in January, the Summit County Board of Adjustment Thursday is slated to reconsider whether a large hotel should be built in residential Sun Peak west of State Road 224.

The meeting at the County Courthouse at 60 N. Main in Coalville is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 22.


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