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Murphy named to planning commission

Woolstenhulme opposed her appointment

Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme was outvoted Wednesday when, with a 2-1 vote, commissioners named Tollgate resident Diane Murphy to serve on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission.

"I felt it should be somebody who has grassroots in eastern Summit County," Woolstenhulme said about why he cast the dissenting vote. "We had applicants that have been here for a few generations and I feel those are the people we need to have representing us on the planning commission."

Woolstenhulme dismissed notions that his ‘nay’ vote was in response to Murphy pushing for a change in the form of government in Summit County, which he adamantly opposed. People voted recently to change the current three-member County Commission to a five-person council with an appointed manager.

Meanwhile, Murphy says she’s "psyched."

"I have a significant agenda," she joked, adding, "It’s reading, listening and learning."

Having transplanted to Summit County from the East Coast six years ago, Murphy recently moved into a home outside of Wanship. She is known for touting the principles of environmentally friendly building.

Murphy, who replaces former Planning Commissioner Ray Milliner, concedes she’s not familiar with the way many eastsiders think about planning issues.

"People in eastern Summit County, I don’t know what their perspectives on trails are," she said. "It’s all the things that deal with smart growth."

Planning commissioners must help ensure that builders provide adequate infrastructure to new subdivisions, Murphy said.

"Now when stuff gets approved no matter what side of the county it’s on, people are looking at things," she said, adding, "I think developments need to be self supporting."

— Patrick Parkinson


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