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Planning Commission jobs not for thin-skinned

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

During Greg Voth’s last night on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission he heard arguments for big-box retail in Silver Creek, a developer’s plans for new units in Pinebrook and reasons why officials at The Canyons resort should be allowed to make significant changes to their development agreement — pretty much the norm during his time on the board.

Voth retired Tuesday as Planning Commission chair after helping watch over growth on the West Side for about six years.

"Greg brought a good perspective and intelligence and a strong sense of preserving our mountain resort community to the job," Summit County Commissioner Bob Richer said. "I think he did an excellent, excellent job, and we all appreciate what he’s done."

With two seats available on the Basin Planning Commission, Voth did not apply for another term. Basin Planning Commissioner Mike Washington has filed for a second term, Richer added.

"Even though some in the legal community would like to portray us in a negative light, Greg and all his colleagues are truly the ones who wear the white hats and are working hard for the community," Richer said referring to several development-related lawsuits filed against the county during the past few years.

Summit County Commissioner Ken Woolstenhulme, a staunch supporter of property rights who sometimes disagreed with Voth, praised the retiring planning commissioner this week.

"I think Greg did a good job. He was respected and he made the kinds of decisions he felt were right," Woolstenhulme said.

Though he encourages Basin residents to serve on the Planning Commission, it’s not for the thin-skinned, Woolstenhulme stressed.

"People, they just get tired of getting beat up all the time and I don’t blame them," he said. "I would like to see some of the natives get involved over there."

Those willing to serve on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission can submit letters of interest to the Summit County Commission at P.O. Box 128, Coalville, Utah, 84017. Or contact Commission Administrator Anita Lewis at 615-3220 for more information. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 22.

"On both sides (of the county) they are very significant positions," Richer said, adding that candidates would likely be interviewed within the next month. "We’re always looking for a broad cross-section, but we’re also looking for people with specific skills relating to planning, engineering, architects, things of that sort."

Two seats available on East Side

After nine years on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, Doug Geary has reached his term limits leaving an open position on the board. East Side planning commissioner Ray Milliner, whose term is ending, applied for another stint on the commission.

Six people applied for the two seats and interviews for eastsiders are expected to begin next week.

The Basin Planning Commission meets each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The East Side board meets the first and third Wednesdays each month.


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