East Side Planning Commissioners to consider large commercial and housing development in Promontory
Proposal includes 1,020 residential units and 190,000 square feet of commercial
Promontory Development is asking the East Side Planning Commission to more than quadruple its previously allowable residential density on property it owns for a large commercial and housing development in Browns Canyon.
The South Point Master Plan proposes 190,000 square feet of commercial space, 350 hotel rooms, 735 residential units for a total of 1,020 units, a 40-acre site dedicated for a high school and a helicopter pad for the southernmost 802 acres of the Promontory Development.
Part of the proposal includes a 110-acre reservoir and 20 additional lakeside lots. The development would be located between Roger’s Ranch and Black Rock Ridge development on Brown’s Canyon Road.
The planning commission is scheduled to host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Kamas City Offices to provide the applicant, South Point LLC, with direction regarding the proposal. Commissioners will not make a decision about the proposal following the hearing, according to Amir Cause, a Summit County Planner.
According to a summary of the project, the South Point development proposal also shows a conservation easement of 348 acres, with 134 acres of open space, an indoor recreation plan that may include a water park, a transit center and dedication of a site for the Children’s Justice Center.
The area is currently planned for two private golf courses, 150 base density estate lots, 100 resort cabins, a clubhouse complex, approximately 35 units of affordable housing and 602 acres of open space. The applicant plans to restrict 35 units for the affordable housing component required by the existing development agreement. The remaining 985 units would be market-rate.
Rich Sonntag, who was Promontory’s general manager for more than 15 years and is currently a member of the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, said he will recuse himself from the discussion at the upcoming hearing.
Dave Bobrowsky, whose property is located directly northeast of the proposed development site, said his concerns about the project have grown as more details have emerged.
“What they want to do now is they want to add a helicopter and it will have the greatest impact on me out of all of my neighbors,” Bobrowsky said. “It just seems like they don’t care what this project is affecting, especially now by adding a helipad in a valley that has cattle and horses and residences. We are going to add a helipad so the Promontory people don’t have to take a car from Salt Lake.”
Bobrowsky built his house in Browns Canyon five years ago as a vacation home and moved into it nearly three years ago as a permanent residence. He said his property will have a direct view of the proposed development.
Bobrowsky said he hopes the planning commission will hold Promontory Development to the original agreement. He added, “I would also like Promontory to uphold the agreement to build low-income housing.”
“I don’t understand how they can be asking to change this SPA when they haven’t even abided by the original one. Abide by what you agree to,” Bobrowsky said. “All of our neighbors knew there were 250 homes and we can deal with that, but now they (Promontory) are saying 250 is not enough and they want to quadruple that. It’s like a kick in the teeth.”
The planning commission is scheduled to host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Kamas City Offices, 170 North Main Street. To view the staff report about the proposal once it becomes available, go to http://www.summitcounty.org under Agendas and Minutes.
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