Letters to the editor, Dec. 9-12, 2017
Submitted by Park Record readers
Officials responsive to bus problem
It’s a joy to live in a community where our elected officials and staff work hard every day to do the right thing. Last season, in an effort to provide safer and more efficient transit service, the Prospector Red bus route was changed. The change didn’t work well, so this year our transit planners staff changed it again. That change didn’t work well either, so they put their heads together once again and fixed the problem. We now have the very best service EVER and I hope you’ll join me in riding the bus more often to show our appreciation.
This year has been marked by some rather dramatic changes designed to reduce traffic and I applaud those efforts. Paid parking on Main Street is a powerful tool. Paid parking accompanied by increased transit efficiency is even more powerful. Yesterday’s news that automobiles have replaced electric generating plants as the primary producers of air pollution is a strong signal that we’re making progress in generating electric power. Using public transit, which includes those 6 amazing electric busses is the way we can say “thank you” to our amazing elected officials and our very talented, caring staff members.
Thank you. I’m riding the bus.
Colby School development threatens neighborhoods
I urge all Summit County citizens who care about the dangerous trend of allowing exception to the General Plan to voice your opposition to the unnecessary expansion of commercial uses proposed at the former Colby School/Snowed Inn. The Colby School CUP application seeks to expand non-conforming commercial uses by adding a large stand-alone restaurant/bar, a designated event center, and fitness/spa structures that will maximize the commercial footprint on this parcel zoned as rural residential. The development proposal would be detrimental to the character of adjacent residential neighborhoods surrounding the property on three sides, as well as traffic safety and congestion on Hwy 224. The representative for the owner has stated that their proposal is consistent with uses allowed in the Canyons SPA, effectively expanding the SPA’s density to the east side of 224. During 2010 neighborhood meetings, held to obtain public opinion on the future of Summit County, less density was cited as one of the top 5 priorities of the community. Consideration of the proposed expansion of existing Colby site buildings and commercial uses, with development of new large buildings and significantly enlarged commercial uses, blatantly defies the wishes of the larger community. A Public Hearing will be held by the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission on December 12, 4:30 pm, at the Sheldon Richins building in Kimball Junction (Co Library building). Please come support the neighborhoods threatened by the commercial desires of the current owners of the land, and inform the SBPC that you do not support the owner’s plan effectively expanding the Canyons’ commercial characteristics outside the boundaries of the SPA and into residential neighborhoods. If this type of expansion of previously established non-conforming uses is allowed on this parcel, then every citizen of the county should be concerned about what could happen in their own neighborhoods.
Colby School project is an overreach
I wanted to reach out to my fellow Parkites and let you know that there is a planning commissioners meeting to be held on Tuesday 12/12 at the Sheldon Richens Building (Kimball Junction Library) at 4:30. On the agenda is an application to fully develop the old Snowed Inn/Colby School property off of HWY 224; the applicants are requesting a vote so that they can move forward with construction. My concern with the vote on Tuesday is that if this application goes through, everyone who uses HWY 224 will see the effects of this project as they are hoping to max out the density, intensity and uses. It wasn’t until a few months ago that the county planners finally agreed to what was already opined by the county attorney and outlined in our county code to reign in this project to 15 rooms or less. However, that doesn’t change the additional 11,000sq feet of additional commercial space contained in two new buildings. The applicants hope to operate a hotel, public gym, 5,000sq ft restaurant/bar, event center and nightly lodging. This may not seem like a big deal until you realize that this lot is still zoned rural residential, on the opposite side of HWY 224 of where commercial operations are intended to be hosted as outlined in Summit County Master Plan, and outside of the Resort Core where intense density is meant to be. The applicant has also failed to complete a formal, and current traffic study to provided real life traffic impact on HWY224. Please attend this meeting and listen to the application for your self (share your thoughts if you like) as if this goes through, anyone living in RR zoned communities in Summit County could see a new precedent of giant non-conforming structures being built, an over reaching use of property and commercial operation in their neighborhood.
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