Housing proposal pleases Planning Commission
May 29, 2009
A proposal to rezone about 300 acres of land for an ambitious work force housing project in the Snyderville Basin was presented Tuesday to the Planning Commission.
Sellers would target people who earn between 40 and 60 percent of the area median income, which is more than $93,000 per year, for about 81 of the 240 homes proposed at Stone Ridge on Silver Summit Parkway.
"The development is much less dense than neighborhoods located within 1,000 feet," Summit County planner Kimber Gabryszak said.
The plan contains fewer homes than subdivisions in Trailside and Silver Summit, Gabryszak added.
Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner Julie Baker praised the developer before endorsing the plan, which is located on land adjacent to the Trailside LDS church near Old Ranch Road in unincorporated Summit County.
"I think this is the ideal location for this project I’m thrilled," Baker said. "Kudos for making it less dense than you could have made it."
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The project’s size is compatible with the area, Basin Planning Commissioner Mike Washington said.
"Overall, I think (it’s a) good opening shot," Washington told the developer.
South Summit resident Nadine Gillmor owns the property, which has been mired in controversy.
"There was a large development that was proposed there," Garbryszak explained.
In 2004, Gillmor sued Summit County when officials denied a request to build about 300 houses on the property.
But the latest proposal was filed under newer zoning rules that provide the developer with financial incentives, like more density, for building restricted work force housing that targets those earning less than $56,000 per year.
Stone Ridge would likely contain townhouses, estate lots and smaller single-family homes, said Jack Johnson Company Project Director Michael Barille, the private planner overseeing the development.
The current plan could preserve open space on more than 80 percent of the property, Barille said, adding that a bus route and nearby school make it an ideal location for work force housing.
"It’s one of the reasons to consider work force housing as part of an existing neighborhood," Barille said.
The restricted units would likely be townhouses and smaller homes, Barille explained.
But the Snyderville Basin Development Code requires the builder spread work force housing throughout the development, Basin Planning Commissioner Jeff Smith said.
Some townhouses should be market rate and estate lots need to be available to those earning under the median income, Smith said.
More feedback is needed from surrounding communities before a development agreement is approved, Planning Commissioner Bassam Salem said.
"There will be quite a bit of process and community involvement," Gabryszak replied, adding that several hearings will allow the public to weigh in before any final decisions are made.
The Park City Ranches, LLC, development firm has an option to purchase Gillmor’s property, Barille said.
The developer has begun addressing concerns from neighboring homeowners, he said.
"There is a lot of room for input," Barille said.