Commission proposes changes to development and zoning rules
The changes the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is proposing to the development code would create new zoning districts in Eastern Summit County and could allow residents more freedom with their properties.
The commission scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the
Kamas City Offices, 170 North Main, to take community input on the proposed amendments to the county’s current zoning and district requirements. If approved, the proposal would create new agricultural, residential, recreation and commercial zoning districts, according to the county’s website.
Until recently, Summit County senior planner Ray Milliner said Eastern Summit County had a highway corridor zone along the main roads, with the remaining land zoned for agricultural protection, with some very limited area zoned for commercial purposes.
Milliner said the changes would create a residential zone that would be one unit per acre, with requirements for the land owner to have access to sewer and water services. The new code would also create an agriculture protection zone measuring six acres, which would allow a person to use one acre for housing and the remaining five acres for agriculture use.
"We only had those two corridors and it limits the property owner with what that person is able to do with their land," Milliner said. "One scenario is that it gives people more options with what they can do with their ground and it still maintains the ideals and goals of maintaining agriculture integrity."
An area where the code fails, Milliner said, is if a family wants to pass property between family members.
"We have a lot of family ground and family farms on the East Side and when they want to pass land down, the current code is not conducive to that," he said.
The original code was adopted in 1996 and commission member Sean Wharton said it didn’t clearly define development terms, which created problems with administering it.
"Our objective as the planning commission is to simplify the code and try and make it easy to understand," Wharton said.
With such significant language changes to a document ignored in the past, Wharton said it’s necessary to engage the public throughout the process.
"It’s important for us moving forward so people don’t become disenfranchised," he said.
"We are going to make it happen but we need people to come to the meetings and help put your input in and let’s get it done."
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