Height exception requested for Woodward action camp facility at Gorgoza Park
Facility would exceed code by more than 10 feet
November 25, 2016
When Powdr Corp., the Snyderville Basin-based company, held an open house in June about the action-sports camp proposed for Gorgoza Park, one of the issues residents raised about the height of the facility.
As proposed, the structure would be about 52,000 square feet, with a height of 45.5 feet, with indoor trampolines, ramps, foam pits, a concrete skate park, and digital media studio, according to a planning department staff report. Gorgoza Park, a winter tubing facility located along Interstate 80 near Pinebrook, has been under Powdr Corp. ownership since the late 1990s.
The Summit County Council has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the County Courthouse, in Coalville. The County Council will consider Powdr Corp.'s request to increase the height of the facility by more than 10 feet beyond what is allowed in the Snyderville Basin Development Code.
The county has received three letters from residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch concerning the height exception. The letters were included in the planning department's staff report.
In his letter, Matt young stated, "For what it's worth, I believe the exception should be granted under Standard 1: The special exception is not detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare." Young lives in Pinebrook.
Jan Jaworski, also of Pinebrook, stated he is not in favor of the project being built at Gorgoza.
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"I feel this complex would be better suited for PCMR suggested or at the Sports Complex by the hospital. This is not indusive to the surrounding neighborhoods," Jaworski wrote.
Amy Lanzel, of Jeremy Ranch, wrote she would like to see the building height restricted. However, she suggested significant landscaping could help "alleviate the blight of a large, warehouse-type building with highly visible large paved parking lots located in a residential area."
"I believe most people would be less against this building height expansion knowing its visual impact would be greatly enhanced thru beautiful and creative landscaping," Lanzel wrote.
Michael Barille, of PlanWorks Design, said the height exception is essential to the primary uses of the building. The facility would serve athletes in several different sports, including skiing, snowboarding, gymnastics, cheerleading, skateboarding and BMX freestyle bicycling.
"A lot of what happens with this training is a progression from floor to trampoline to ramps," Barille said. "The use requires ceiling volume so they can really get a lot of amplitude."
The building would replace the existing yurts at Gorgoza Park that are used for ticket sales. There is also a stream that runs along the south side of the site, according to a staff report.
Barille said the design team has tried to be sensitive to the project site's location, which is in an entry corridor. He said the foundation cannot be set deeper into the ground because it would require additional disturbance to the project site and create a larger project footprint.
"We've tried to be very sensitive to the fact that we are in a mountain community and in an entry corridor. We are trying to sink it in the ground as much as we can on the site and locate it at the bottom of the site rather than one of the plateaus," Barille said. "This was a better solution for that site."
When a work session was held with the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission to consider the conditional-use permit application, Barille said, commissioners and staff suggested addressing the height exception and low-impact permit first.
"Hopefully, we can wrap up this piece before the end of the year and then delve back into the detailed process with the planning commission and the conditional-use permit. I expect there will be at least a couple of public hearings during that process," Barille said.
"I think my client, Powdr Corp., has been a longtime business partner in this community and they value input and would encourage people to come out to the hearing," he said. "I mean maybe they have a point of view that we haven't heard yet, but we think we have some good plans."
Wednesday's hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Coalville. To view the planning department's staff report, go to http://www.co.summit.ut.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/11302016-991?html=true.
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