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Hearing on Snyderville Basin growth and development framework document

Angelique McNaughton

Residents will have their first opportunity to discuss certain components of the Snyderville Basin General Plan on Tuesday.

The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission plans to hold a public hearing focused on the sustainability and transportation elements in the second phase of the General Plan at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Sheldon Richins Buildings Auditorium, 1885 West Ute Blvd., in Park City.

"This will give the public the opportunity to look at what we are looking at," commission member Chuck Klingenstein said. "This will be the most important part of this General Plan because we are looking ahead far enough that this will be the redevelopment plan for the Snyderville Basin for years to come."

The second phase of the General Plan primarily addresses regional planning and future growth in Summit County, in conjunction with what occurs in Park City and Wasatch County.

"The bottom line is, if we enjoy where we live, if we want the air to stay clean, if we want to be able to move around the Basin somewhat efficiently, we have to try and use these tools to shape the future growth to honor that quality of life the best we can," Klingenstein said.

When the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission completed Phase 1 of the General Plan, it had sustainability objectives and policies throughout each element or chapter.

But when the commission approached the County Council at the end of October, the council requested adding the sustainability goals, policies and objectives to a pre-existing chapter on natural resources. The County Council originally adopted the sustainability separate from the General Plan in 2011.

An extension from 2014 to 2016, with unfinished goals and actions items, was drafted for the sustainability plan.

Jennifer Strader, Summit County senior planner, said the commission incorporated those items into the general plan, so the sustainability elements were not in conflict with it.

The engineering department is also adding the long-range transportation plan for the Basin as an appendix and making some additional language changes, Strader said.

The hearing on Tuesday will be specific to the sustainability and transportation language that was amended.

"We really want people to come to these meetings and provide public input and have the opportunity to comment on what is happening in our community," Strader said.

Additional public hearings will be scheduled on this topic throughout December.

The planning commission’s goal is to have Phase 2 complete and ready for County Council approval sometime in January. The commission already finished the land use portion of the second phase.

Once the General Plan is adopted, it will go into the Development Code and provide the framework for future development of the Basin.

For more information about the sustainability or transportation amendments to the General Plan, go to SummitCounty.org or contact Strader at (435) 615-3157.