Grand Summit owners opposed to maintenance building |

Grand Summit owners opposed to maintenance building

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will not be conducting another work session on the proposed ski maintenance building on Canyons Resort Drive until next month, but owners at the Grand Summit Hotel have already come out in opposition to the project.

The Canyons Grand Summit Resort Hotel Owners Association passed a resolution on Dec. 7 voicing opposition to the location of the proposed ski maintenance building on Canyons Resort Drive. The requested location is just east of the Grand Summit Hotel and west of the Hidden Creek Condos.

Edward Rofes, President of the association, sent an e-mail to its over 600 owners asking whether they were in support of or opposed to the requested location of the building. He said 218 owners e-mailed back that they were opposed, with no one e-mailing in support.

"We knew this [building] was in the works, we just didn’t realize how quickly it was going to happen," Rofes said.

The first phase of the maintenance building project would encompass 18,360 square feet, with the second phase utilizing the remaining 146,941 square feet. The structure would be a relocation of the current building on Frostwood Drive, which must be moved by June 2014 to comply with the County Manager’s order in completing the Canyons Golf Course.

Spencer White, who represents the owner, TCFC Finance Company, said their staff is in the process of collecting more information for county planning staff, which it should have by the end of the week. The Planning Commission wanted TCFC to provide more information on how certain impacts such as lighting and building function would be addressed.

"A lot of the comments we got back from the Planning Commission mostly had to do with hours of operation," White said, adding that those issues will be looked at as will the specifics of what equipment will be stored at the future site and the on-mountain site.

Shift changes at the proposed maintenance building could also be an issue, as up to 10 snow cats could enter the facility at midnight. Rofes said vehicle travel next to the Grand Summit is already a problem, as a first-aid station is located below the building.

"This would really be horrid. It just doesn’t belong there it’s an industrial site," Rofes said. "The temporary site is a dump, who’s to say they’ll do it any different with a new one?"

The Grand Summit HOA’s resolution said the proposed facility would "present a continuous source of noise and visual pollution for owners and guests" of the hotel and would be "detrimental to property values."

White said TCFC will be addressing other issues related to snow storage, trash bins and lighting in parking areas and is confident he will provide planning staff with as much information as possible on how potential problems will be addressed.

Summit County Planner Tiffanie Robinson said if the requested information is received from TCFC then a work session on the building will be scheduled for the Jan. 14 Planning Commission meeting. She said staff had asked why this site was selected and what the function and operation of this particular structure would be.

Rofes said he hopes the developers see that this proposed location is an "atrocity" and added it would hurt future development in the area.

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