Seats open up on East Side commission
January 23, 2016
Jeff Vernon has spent most of his term on the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission laboring over the reconfiguration of the zoning districts.
Planning commissioners have been working with staff for more than two years to readjust the districts in the unincorporated areas of the county to provide more flexibility for property owners. The commission agreed to forward a recommendation to the Summit County Council in December and recently began drafting new language for the development code to support the new districts.
"We have been working very diligently on establishing new codes and zones and completely rewriting everything, more or less," said Vernon, a Hoytsville resident. "We started this when I first came on board and moving into the next term I would like to be around to finish what we started."
Considering the amount of work still left to be done, Vernon indicated he will be reapplying for his seat on the planning commission. Vernon and Tonja Hanson’s seats are set to expire on Feb. 28.
"We have some different ideologies that take place on the commission and with the council and that’s another reason I think I need to run, to protect the rights and liberties of the people and those who own property," Vernon said.
Summit County is accepting letters of interest through Wednesday, Jan. 27. The County Council is scheduled to interview applicants on Feb. 3 and make the appointments on Feb. 10, according to Annette Singleton, Summit County secretary.
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Commissioners serve on a volunteer basis and are responsible for reviewing applications for conditional uses or subdivisions and making recommendations to the County Council regarding changes to the zoning maps and development code. Commissioners serve for three years and are eligible for three terms.
Interested citizens must have resided in the planning district for at least one year. Applicants may also reside within the municipalities. No other qualifications are required. The County began advertising for the positions last week. No applications have been submitted, Singleton said.
The seven-member board is also made up of Chris Ure, Doug Clyde, Ken Henrie, Sean Wharton and Louise Willoughby.
Those interested in serving on the commission need to be capable of "representing the people," Vernon said.
"My advice to anyone that runs for this position is to be in touch with those around them, especially their neighbors and their friends," Vernon said.
Council Chair Roger Armstrong said the planning commission is one of the most important bodies in the county because of what they are responsible for.
"They are responsible for hearing applications for development and making decisions that affect critical matters," Armstrong said. "It’s very significant work so we need them to be passionate about serving their community."
Two positions on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission are also set to expire on Feb. 28. Commission Chair Beatrice Peck and Mike Barnes’ positions will be up for appointment. Peck and Barnes have each served one term and will be eligible to reapply.
For more information about the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission go to http://summitcounty.org/590/Eastern-Summit-County-Planning-District . Letters of interest and resumes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.
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