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Man wants neighborhood gated

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A developer at Parleys Summit sued Summit County after his request to gate the Woods at Parleys Lane was rejected.

Gating the 43-lot subdivision would reduce crime and make private roads in the ritzy neighborhood safer, Woods developer Roger Knight claims, adding that a judge should overturn the county’s "illegal" decision.

Park City firefighters and Summit County Sheriff’s Office officials endorsed the construction of a gate at the entrance to the Woods at Parleys Lane near Interstate 80, Knight said.

"This evidence established without question that the security from crime, fire and trespass of the project, the neighboring projects and their owners and residents, would be significantly enhanced by installation and use of a gate," a lawsuit filed against Summit County Oct. 26 by the Woods at Parleys Lane states.

But in September the Summit County Commission voted 2-1 to deny the gate proposal because it would encourage "exclusivity" in the neighborhood formerly known as Aspen Highlands.

Still, gated communities are not prohibited by the Snyderville Basin General Plan and Development Code, the lawsuit claims.

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The County Commission "rejected the request on the sole and erroneous, arbitrary and capricious grounds that ‘exclusivity’ is discouraged in Summit County," the lawsuit contends.

"Summit County contains no less than 17 gated residential communities, many approved within the last 10 years," according to the complaint filed in 3rd District Court.

The gated Glenwild, Quarry Mountain and Colony subdivisions were approved under the same development code as the Woods at Parleys Lane, the lawsuit states, "evidencing that gated communities are indeed not discouraged in Summit County."

Other gated communities in Summit County include the Preserve, the Trails at Jeremy Ranch, Red Hawk, the Ridge at Red Hawk, Promontory and Rockport Estates.