Basin board appoints new commissioners
When Julia Collins moved to Summit County more than 10 years ago, she was, admittedly, a ski bum.
The 33-year-old Silver Creek resident skied all day, more than 100 days a year, and worked at a restaurant in Park City "completely living it up."
"I traveled during the summers and went all over," Collins said. "It was great."
Collins now works as the project manager for a long-range transportation planning assistance grant program with the Wasatch Front Regional Council. She has a background in transportation and a master’s degree in city and metropolitan planning from the University of Utah.
Collins was recently appointed to serve on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission. She will fill the seat previously held by Mike Barnes. Her first meeting with the seven-member board will be Tuesday, March 8.
"Now that I have training and background I feel like it is kind of my duty to have a voice at the table and represent a younger demographic," Collins said. "I think that has really been my drive, that there is only one demographic represented."
Collins and her husband, Adam, have lived in Summit County for 11 years. She said her husband has lived in Park City for nearly 20 years and works in the ski industry.
"We are lifetime residents and we want it to be a place where we build our lives and families and a place where we can retire," Collins said. "But Summit County is going through some drastic changes and population is expected to grow. With such high growth rates there are some very big implications for the school districts, housing, land use, recreational demands, transportation and air quality to name some."
In order to maintain the Basin’s standards, there will have to be a coordinated effort to ensure that growth doesn’t change what "we love about this place," Collins said, adding that it "kind of makes sense for me to contribute."
"I’m hoping that some of my background will help contribute to those conversations. I already think that the staff and county have done an exceptional job and I am excited to build upon their work," Collins said. "It won’t just be one answer and one solution. There are so many different factors at play with what makes Summit County great and I will do my best to continue to make sure we create these awesome places and keep our quality of life."
Collins will join Mike Franklin, Colin DeFord, Canice Harte, Chuck Klingentsein, Grew Lawson and Bea Peck on the board. Peck, whose term was due to expire Feb. 28, was reappointed for another term. Barnes did not reapply.
"It’s challenging and exciting and I look forward to it," Peck said. "I am honored to be reappointed and I really mean that. It is good work."
‘An opportunity to do some good’
Peck, a Highland Estates resident and attorney, said her time as a commissioner has been "very interesting and very challenging."
Over the last three years, several major projects have gone before the commission including the Silver Creek Village Center, Whole Foods relocation and Phase 2 of the General Plan. Commissioners are currently in the process of rewriting the Development Code.
"I think is a really positive undertaking to rewrite the Development Code and it is something I am heavily involved in," Peck said. "It’s a great opportunity to do some good and get some things right."
Peck said she is looking forward to continuing to work with the commissioners, especially Collins.
"We have all noticed her when she would come and talk at meetings and we think she is incredibly talented," Peck said. "She has a background in planning and I’m sorry to see Mike Barnes did not reapply because he was a great member, but, given that, she is a welcome addition.
"I think there is nothing rubber stamp about our group," Peck said. "We put ourselves, the planning staff and the applicants through the paces. There is no question that doesn’t get asked and if the answer is something that doesn’t meet the code or part of our community objectives, we tell them to go back to the drawing board and put something together that may."
Planning Commissioners serve on a volunteer basis and are appointed to three-year terms. They are responsible for reviewing applications for conditional use permits or subdivision plans and making recommendations concerning zoning and development code revisions to the Summit County Council.
For more information about the Basin Planning Commission, go to http://summitcounty.org/591/Snyderville-Basin-Planning-District.
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