Summit County Council

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After a lengthy discussion on Wednesday, Summit County Council members are still deliberating the issue over an appeal of the Commons at Newpark development.

The developers from the Crandall family have proposed a four-story seven-townhome project near the Newpark amphitheater, which appellants claim the proposal doesn’t conform with Town Center principles.

Council member Roger Armstrong said a decision can be difficult when the issue is based on a particular Development Agreement, not a zone. He said they’re looking for more information and analysis.

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The Summit County Council Wednesday did not come to a decision, after hearing an appeal against the Commons at Newpark project.

Developer Gary Crandall and his sons Matt and Ryan have proposed the Commons as a building with seven townhomes, up to 43 feet high, just west of the Newpark Plaza.

The project got a positive vote from the Snyderville Commission earlier this year and received a final approval in June from County Manager Tom Fisher.

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  The Summit County Council has a long agenda Wednesday, with a variety of topics from a community market to improvements for the Olympic Park.

  The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse.

 Among the items at about 2:15, the council gets a briefing on the county Community Market, which starts next week, sponsored by the county Health Department. County manager Tom Fisher explained this continues a program they started last year.

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The Commons at Newpark project received an approval earlier this summer, but that's been appealed. The dispute goes before the Summit County Council during its Wednesday session.

The council meets at the Coalville Courthouse Wednesday and the appeal of the Commons takes place at about 4:30 pm.

 The plan, from developer Gary Crandall and his sons, would create a building with seven townhouse units, up to four stories, located to the west of the Newpark Plaza. Although the parcel was originally planned as commercial, the project now is residential.

The Tollgate Canyon fire has been contained, but it raises a future issue for Summit County planners—what to do about rural neighborhoods, some of them over 50 years old, that never had two dedicated accesses for safety?

The Tollgate and Forest Meadows neighborhoods don’t have a designated second access—although last week, the county sheriff planned to open a crash gate on the Redhawk Ridge Road nearby if it was necessary.

During his regular report with KPCW, Summit County development director Pat Putt said the recent fire was a “bell-ringer”.

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As part of their agenda on Wednesday, the Summit County Council gave their approval for the two new department heads.

First, the council approved a contract for a new General Manager at the Mountain Regional Water District. Council member Roger Armstrong talked about Scott Morrison, who’s been an engineer with the district.

Lynn Ware Peek.

It’s no surprise the Summit Cunty Council is focused on wildfire prevention this summer given the fires raging in the western United States, Utah and this week in Tollgate Canyon.

Council member Roger Armstrong said they need to keep educating neighborhood associations about measure like defensible space around homes. The Park City Fire Department offers a chipping program to help clear out the wood.

Armstrong said some associations have taken the bull by the horns.

A couple of weeks ago, county council member Roger Armstrong related the problems he had hooking onto the bus system from his home in Park Meadows.

He told fellow council members there needed to be a re-look at the transit system.

What he’s aiming at, he told KPCW this week, is getting the system to build from the advancements it’s made in recent years.

Armstrong told KPCW that his remarks weren’t motivated by an issue with Park City, the county’s partner in the area transit system.

Summit County Council members noted on Wednesday that, while the Tollgate Canyon Fire was bad news--it could have been worse.

They said the fire is a reminder that the county, and local neighborhoods, need to prepare for fires in areas that are more heavily populated and that are heavily forested.

County Council members, and County Manager Tom Fisher said that this week's fire-- and the Rockport fire of 2013-- were in sagebrush. Chris Robinson said it's only a matter of time before they have a catastrophe that poses a substantial threat to property and possibly even lives.

On today’s program, Leslie Thatcher speaks to Summit County Council member Roger Armstrong who has a recap of Wednesday's meeting. Wasatch School District Wellness Director Ben Springer and District Spokesperson Kirsta Albert talk about the mental health initiatives under way in the Wasatch school district. Violinist Lucia Micarelli has details about her show this Sunday at City Park - part of the Big Stars Bright Night Concert Series and Park City. And final guest Special Events Manager Jenny Diersen talks about how to plan for this weekend's Arts Festival impacts.