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Thousands of Basin units still not built

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Nearly 8,000 homes now dot the landscape of the Snyderville Basin and within several years those homeowners may have half again as many neighbors.

According to a recent inventory conducted by the Summit County Community Development Department, another roughly 4,000 residential units have already been approved.

"The main thrust of the report is stuff that’s already platted and approved," Summit County Planning Director Michael Barille said about documents that identify development already approved for construction in Snyderville. "It’s really just an expression of what’s been approved in the past and a way of tracking what continues to be built on a month-to-month basis."

But Citizens Allied for Responsible Growth President John Tuerff says "we are very much in jeopardy of having failing roads and intersections at Kimball Junction it’s important that now more than ever we pay attention to what projects we approve."

"I don’t think people realize just how much development is already approved in the Snyderville Basin," Tuerff said. "We just keep approving development without really having a strong solution to the Kimball Junction problem."

Newer, gated communities like Promontory, Glenwild and The Colony have recently experienced the most rapid residential development on the West Side, Summit County planner Tiffanie Northrup said.

Still, "the Jeremy Ranch and Silver Creek areas continue to be very steady," Northrup said, adding, "we’ll still see scattered development in some of these older subdivisions."

More than 250 homes have yet to built in Jeremy Ranch and developers are approved to construct another 300 units in Pinebrook.

"We knew there was a lot of already approved, pending development out there," Barille said. "But some of the totals were certainly things that opened our eyes a little bit."

Almost six million square feet of commercial development and two million square feet of lodging are approved in western Summit County.

"Given our current traffic situation and what we’re hearing from some of our other service providers, there does need to be some good growth management," Barille said.

Of that, 3.4 million square feet of commercial and 1.1 million square feet of hotel space currently exists, Barille estimates.

"All of our service providers had some questions about it and they were trying to do some long-range planning," Barille said. "Hopefully, we’re not just making guesses about the kind of facilities that need to be provided in the future and how impact fees are calculated."

Among the commercial projects approved in the Snyderville Basin that haven’t been built are:

The Canyons: 1.3 million square feet

Park City Presbyterian Church: 6,300 square feet

Summit Center: 96,000 square feet

Murnin development: 75,000 square feet

Park City Community Church: 30,720 square feet

Jeremy Center: 66,000 square feet

Equine hospital: 10 square feet

Canyon Corners: 61,000 square feet

Kimball Plaza: 38,500 square feet

Newpark: 208,170 square feet

Basin Fieldhouse: 64,000 square feet

Redstone Town Center: 100,000 square feet

Meanwhile, drivers frustrated by gridlock in Snyderville should perhaps brace for 775 new homes to be built at Kimball Junction.

Though Barille insisted permits for the houses haven’t yet been approved, Suburban Land Reserve, the development arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wants to construct those along with 400,000 square feet of commercial space west of S.R. 224 near the Utah Olympic Park.

"It could change dramatically from what’s being proposed," Barille said about the development application.

Homes already approved for construction in the Basin that haven’t been built include:

The Canyons area: 315 units

Old Ranch Road area: 44 units

Promontory: 1,756 units

Summit Park: 361 units

Silver Creek: 219 units

Silver Springs: 72 units

Sun Peak: 145 units


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