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Two members appointed to the East Side Planning Commission

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission is now set.

The Summit County Council last week appointed Clint Benson to the seven-member planning panel alongside incumbent Rich Sonntag. Benson replaces three-term commissioner Tonja Hanson. Hanson was first appointed in 2010 and was not eligible to reapply. Their terms will expire Feb. 28, 2022.

The County Council received applications for the openings from Nannette Bush, Gale Pace, Terry Diston, Benson and Sonntag. Elected officials were unable to reach Diston for an interview.

Sonntag was first appointed to the Planning Commission in 2016. He currently serves as the senior vice president of community development for Daybreak Community in South Jordan. He previously served as the managing director for Promontory Development for 17 years. His former position has caused him to recuse himself from several discussions that involve Promontory throughout his term.

Sonntag has said he wanted to reapply for his seat to continue having a hand in decisions regarding the future of the eastern end of the county. Sonntag contributed to the rewrite of the East Side Development Code.

Planning Commissioners are responsible for making land-use decisions and reviewing development applications. County Council Chair Roger Armstrong said the planning panel will help shape the eastern end of the county. He said County Councilors considered the background and experiences of each candidate that applied for the openings.

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"We will see more activity on the East Side over the next five years," he said. "The Development Code has created more opportunities for growth and we are hearing interest about people wanting to possibly take advantage of some of those tools."

Benson is self-employed and lives in Wanship. In his application, he described his background working as a residential and commercial appraiser with experience in understanding density and zoning.

"Summit County offers open space, wildlife and fresh air, which are elements I have enjoyed while running beef cattle and quarter horses," he stated. "I hope to preserve our open space while providing reasonable and accountable decisions on land use."

Benson and Sonntag will join Tom Clyde, Amy Rydalch, Don Sargent, Marion Wheaton and Bill Wilde on the planning panel. Their first meeting will be later this month.