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Summit County Receives First Development Application After Altering The East County Code

Summit County received a master plan development application for a subdivision in the east side of the county. It’s the first application since the re-working the Summit County East code.

Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt says the application comes after the county changed up the East code this spring.

“Earlier this year council went through a long, extensive re-working of our East side code.” Putt explained, “Part of that was some re-zonings of some specific areas over here on the east side and the establishment of a master planning process that would be done under certain conditions. Rezones, commercial developments, and so forth. This is the very first one that we’ve received. This is going to be our first opportunity to test some of the new tools that we have in place. We’ve already begun the process of internal review on it and I’d suspect that the project would get its first daylighting in front of the planning commission more than likely January.”

The subdivision is in the Wanship area.

“It’s an area called Cherry Canyon.” Putt said, “It’s a piece of property that I believe is 337 acres. It’s going to be proposing 25 single family homes. If you are driving on Interstate 80 and you’re going through Wanship say on your way to Coalville it’s going to be property that sits up into those eastern red hills just beyond where the county maintenance facilities are.”

Putt says that on the small end, the lots will at least be a couple of acres.

“What the masterplan process is really about is doing good land planning.” Putt continued, “Putting the development sites the lot locations, the building locations, in viable areas that retain not only good value for the property owners but being able to put them in a way that’s environmentally sensitive, visually sensitive, sustainably sensitive from providing roads and utilities and access. I think what we’re going to see is probably some lots as small as a couple of acres and then larger depending on the location.”

As part of the evaluation the county will also consider how to make sure the development has proper access.

“Certainly, we’re going to need to make sure that we provide secondary and primary access.” Putt explained, “We’re going to make sure that we have roads designed at both a grade and a width that are safe for the people who live and come to visit in the neighborhood as well as our emergency service providers. Where those roads are laid out and their impacts on the hillside are going to be very very important to look at.”

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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