Coalville Planning Commission accepts fairgrounds concept plan
Commissioners commend county’s commitment to the city
Coalville City Planning Commissioners commended the county Monday night for its commitment to improving the fairgrounds.
Planning commissioners unanimously approved the concept plan for the Summit County Fairgrounds, located in Coalville. An open house was held prior to the meeting at the County Courthouse. More than 15 people attended.
“What we are asking for is preliminary approval of where we are laying everything out on the property,” said Ron Boyer, Summit County’s project manager.
Last year, the county purchased two properties adjacent to the current fairgrounds in Coalville and began working on a master plan for the new site, which nearly doubled in size. In March, the County Council approved Phase 1 of the master plan.
The Quonset Hut, one of North Summit’s most popular facilities, will be among the first buildings demolished during the first phase of construction. The playground, pavilion and livestock buildings will also come down. A new access road, multi-purpose building and associated plazas will be constructed in their place.
“The idea tonight is just for you guys to get a feel for what their plan is, conceptually,” said Shane McFarland, Coalville community development director. “There already has been a lot of effort from a large group of people pushing and making decisions. Our purpose as a city is to really determine whether this meets our intent.”
Commissioner Jason Moore said he is in favor of the building’s location and layout. He added, “It couldn’t get much worse than what is over there now.”
“I think this is a huge asset to Coalville and anyone will be able to use this,” Moore said. “I want to thank the county for wanting to investing money into Coalville.”
Commissioner Dusty France said echoed Moore’s comments. He said he particularly liked the concept to not encroach on the sledding hill that is currently behind the Quonset Hut. Several residents raised concerns about the future of the hill during the open houses in the spring.
Boyer said 50 percent of the buildings’ design is complete. He said the county is expediting the process to be able to begin constructing the foundation before winter. On Tuesday, Boyer said he plans to apply for a demolition permit, which will take about two weeks to get. He anticipated demolition could begin as early as Sept. 11.
During the master planning process, county officials announced that they would not be moving the fair while the new site is under construction. The intent is to hold the 2018 Fair at the expanded site with the newly constructed buildings. The city’s planning commission and council will both need to approval the final site plan and design.
“Of the comments I have heard, most have been from the North Summit area and they are positive about what the county is doing,” Boyer said. “We need to do something with the Quonset Hut, which is one of our most used buildings in the county, besides the Sheldon Richins Building, and it’s probably in the worst shape.”
For more information about the fairgrounds master plan, go to http://summitcounty.org/802/Summit-County-Fairgrounds-Master-Plan.
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The parcel lies to the east of the elementary school and is currently undeveloped. Basin Rec officials hope to add ballfields and trails and possibly a parking lot and bathrooms.