Over 21 developments in the Basin built through lawsuits
June 26, 2012
At first glance, the map showing the subdivisions in the Basin that were built as a result of a lawsuit seems overwhelming. But Summit County Manager Bob Jasper said he thinks it is important information for planning commission and County Council members to have as they move forward with the creation of a new development code.
"The map is not black and white," Jasper said, adding that some of the neighborhoods that were approved through legal settlements are a mix of county-approved buildings and additional density dictated by lawyers. "Some of the areas we don’t even have clear records of because they were approved or the lawsuit happened so long ago. Jeremy Ranch and Pinebrook, for example, are mixed developments and were built through multiple lawsuits by developers in the early 1990s."
Other neighborhoods in the Basin that are identified as being built in part through lawsuit settlements include: Quarry Village, Red Hawk, Silver Summit, Willow Creek Estates, Ranch Place and Promontory. There are 20 neighborhoods whose parameters were dictated by lawsuit outcomes.
"We need to examine the result of some of our decisions in the past as we move forward and see how we came to have some of these developments," Jasper said.
Summit County Planner Kimber Gabryszak said the while the community may not want too much growth in the Basin, if the county says ‘no’ to everything, more developments may be allowed through lawsuit settlements.
"Lawsuits over development rights have had a huge impact on the area," she said. "The map shows how the county got to where it is and that going forward, we need to plan for growth and allow it in a smart way. Otherwise, we won’t have control over it because it will all be settled through lawsuits."
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Gabryszak added that as the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission and County Council move forward on adopting a new development code, they should consider what hasn’t worked in the past.
"Just saying ‘no’ doesn’t always work. And sometimes what they decide in the end isn’t effective and then a development is built anyway, but now the county has no control over it," she said. "How can we take control going forward so a developer doesn’t think we are just saying ‘no’ to say ‘no.’ Instead, we can say, ‘you can build here, just not here’."
The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission is in the final stages of drafting a new General Code and development plan and met with the Summit County Council Monday night to discuss how each entity would define smart growth in the Basin.