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New Planning Commissioners appointed

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

After weeks of operating without a full board, the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will return to seven members next week with the recent appointment of three new commissioners by the Summit County Council.

Eleven people applied for the three open positions, including Julie Hooker’s unexpired term, a surprisingly large amount, according to Commissioner Mike Washington who is retiring from the Commission after serving nine years. Hooker resigned midterm during a controversy with the Summit County Council.

Chuck Klingenstein, a resident of Park City, was appointed to fill Sibyl Bogardus’s unexpired term this fall and was appointed for a full term. Colin DeFord, who lives in the Basin, was appointed to a three-year term that will expire in 2015 and Martin Kingston, a Basin resident, was appointed to fill Julie Hooker’s term that expires in February, 2013.

Klingenstein has previously served on the Park City Planning Commission, Park City Council and worked as a developer.

According to his resume, DeFord has 25 years of broad-based media industry experience and is the president of the Fat Brain Group, L.P., a Park City based media service and consulting company.

Kingston works as a programming development and training consultant at Kingston Consulting, according to his resume.

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Washington said there was an interesting mix of applicants this year and the recent Stone Ridge development decision may have motivated a lot of people to apply.

"I hope the county gets a good balance of people and views," he said. "After serving three terms, I was hoping to see the General Plan get updated before I left, but that did not happen. We are in a situation now where the planning district has evolved and we can either try to keep the area how it was or move on. It is hard to undo all the development that has happened in the Basin and we can’t go back to rural Park City."

With the appointment of Kingston and Deford, the Planning Commission has had five new members since June.