Summit County to establish group to develop a neighborhood plan for Kimball Junction
Blue Ribbon Committee would examine land use, transit and connectivity
Summit County plans on creating a Blue Ribbon Citizen’s Advisory Committee to develop a preliminary neighborhood master plan for Kimball Junction and the surrounding areas.
On Wednesday, Pat Putt, Summit County’s Community Development director, met with County Council members to discuss creating a committee comprised of property owners, elected officials and private residents to explore issues of land use, transportation/transit, neighborhood connectivity and way-finding, and plan implementation strategies. County staff has already held preliminary meetings with commercial representatives and property owners, leading them on a tour of the area.
The proposed planning area would generally include Redstone, Fox Pointe, Newpark, the Village at Kimball Junction, Park City Tech Center, High Bluffs, which includes Walmart, Canyon Corners, Tanger Outlets, Utah Olympic Park, and other smaller commercial developments, according to a county staff report.
“The notion is that this is a complicated area of the county with several different demands from different developments. It’s our entryway into Park City and it is already quite challenged in terms of traffic,” said County Council member Roger Armstrong. “We know that there is going to be additional development there and our general plan contemplates trying to master pan neighborhoods around a notion of what they would look like and how they would function best.”
County staff are suggesting that the County Council appoint members to the committee soon to stay in-line with a six-month program schedule. Once the members are selected, the commission will begin analyzing the neighborhoods and existing entitlements.
“It would just be looking at concepts from a master plan basis to determine what makes the most sense to make that area work for the residents of the Basin,” Armstrong said. “We know the Olympic folks are looking to bring their plans forward for housing and Skullcandy is going to go in there soon. We are going to see some of those impacts starting to manifest themselves and instead of waiting until we have a situation like Redstone, which is not as artful as it could have been, we are anticipating it now.”
Armstrong stressed that the committee would not be amending any development agreements. He said, instead, it would be used for a combination of fact finding and analysis that would result in recommendations to the County Council. If a neighborhood master plan is created it “will not directly change any existing zoning or development agreement. However, the plan could outline and describe where, and under what conditions, future changes could take place,” according to a county staff report.
“It’s an opportunity to have a broader discussion where we can look at it the way we want it to,” Armstrong said. “Is there a better way or something we should be doing? You always have to have an eye for redevelopment and consider better ways for moving around.
“The Kimball Junction area is essentially the heart of the West Side and the center of everything right now,” he said. “We have an opportunity to get that right.”
County Council members are scheduled to revisit the issue at a later date.
To view the staff report prepared for the meeting, go to http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/4671.
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