Crowd opposes new hotel in Sun Peak Patrick Parkinson Of the Record staff
An overflow crowd of Snyderville residents packed the Summit County Commission chambers Wednesday hoping to speak against a developer’s plans to construct a 275,000 square-foot hotel in residential Sun Peak.
Slated in the master plan that guides growth in Sun Peak, homeowners west of S.R. 224 have braced for the development for years. But most of them were only expecting 140,000 square feet with about 140 units.
The builder, Terrace Development Partners, has also requested the option to construct an extra 5,000 square feet of commercial space at the Sun Canyon Lodge. The hotel is slated for a parcel south of Bear Hollow Drive, about one mile from S.R. 224.
"There should be some more uses," Summit County planner Don Sargent said, adding that a restaurant on site would reduce traffic around the hotel.
A gift shop, laundry room and other auxiliary uses would also complement the building, he said.
"Initially, they aren’t proposing any commercial, however, they are reserving the right to apply that use at some time in the future," Sargent said. The project’s opponents heard Wednesday from planners, and the builder, James Haft, but were not allowed to comment during the Coalville meeting. A public hearing is scheduled to discuss the Sun Canyon Lodge proposal before the County Commission on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. at the Summit County Courthouse, 60 N. Main in Coalville. The Summit County engineer has determined that the hotel wouldn’t cause traffic conditions on Bear Hollow Drive to fall below the acceptable county standard, Sargent said, adding that planners are still investigating whether Sun Peak has adequate water to sustain the project. Haft’s application contemplates some 5-bedroom units with lofts at the hotel. The plan could result in 326 new bedrooms in Sun Peak. Though Haft has no final site plan approval, some Basin residents say he is already advertising units for sale at Sun Canyon Lodge.
"We can certainly understand why the neighborhood has concerns about this project," Haft said Thursday. "There is probably an impression on the part of the residents that this thing hasn’t been approved before."
A hotel has been contemplated near the intersection of Bear Hollow Drive and Bear View Drive since the early 1990s. The Sun Peak stipulation agreement cleared the way for the project in 1994, and in 2001, the Summit County Commission granted preliminary approval for the footprint proposed today, Haft said, adding, "this is nothing new people shouldn’t be surprised."
"We feel like this is a good project," Haft said. "It’s really a tasteful and attractive design."
Former Summit County Commissioner Patrick Cone says the current request is larger than the proposal commissioners debated in 2001.
"It think it’s a bigger deal now because it sounds like they’re asking for twice what the original approval was," Cone said. "I know that we were pretty adamant that the original approval was going to be what they got."
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