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Snyderville Planning Commission Looks At Changing Regulations On Accessory Buildings

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The Snyderville Planning Commission meets on Tuesday. As part of the agenda, they will be inviting public input on proposed changes in regulations for accessory buildings; and lighting standards.

They will also hold a public hearing on a proposed home-based business in Silver Summit that has drawn opposition from neighbors. They will discuss a proposal to adapt a historic building along Highway 224 into a coffee shop.

The Snyderville Commission meets at 4:30 at the Richins Service Building.

First up, the panel will hold a public hearing on accessory buildings. The planning staff reports that last summer, the county council heard concerns from some Basin residents about the number of such buildings in residential neighborhoods, their size, and the use of metal storage containers.

The staff isn’t asking for a decision but wants the Planning Commissioners to give direction on some draft regulations. The rules would set a maximum number of three accessory buildings per lot; would set some maximum building footprints; mandates a structure have to be at least 10 feet from any other building; and wouldn’t be higher than 26 feet.

Next, the staff is proposing to amend lighting regulations in the Snyderville Code to bring them up to current technology. For instance, the staff reports says that while outdoor lighting is now required to be high-pressure sodium, other new sources like LED lighting are just as efficient.

The staff is asking for direction on a number of proposed changes. One provision would say that non-conforming lighting has to be brought into compliance within 7 years, during remodels, or if they’re broken or replaced. Parking lots of more than one acre would be required to have motion sensors or dimmable fixtures, so they are lit only when they’re in use. And light poles at athletic facilities would be limited to 18 feet.

For the next item, the Snyderville Commission will hold a public hearing and perhaps make a decision, about a couple asking to operate a massage therapy business at their home in Silver Summit.

The business, seeking a Low Impact Permit, would operate from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm four days a week, would have no more than four clients a day, and would have parking off street in the driveway.

Staff is reporting they’ve received letters or e-mails from eight neighbors in opposition. They argue that Silver Summit should stay a residential neighborhood, the proposal would set a precedent for other commercial business, and commercial office space is available elsewhere in the Basin.

However, the staff is recommending approval. The report says that a Home-Based Business is an allowed use, in the Rural Residential zone there, with conditions to mitigate any negative impacts.

Finally, the Snyderville Commissioners will hold a work session to discuss an application from the owners of Park City Nursey, to restore and preserve a historic structure to be a coffee shop for their business.

The structure is adjacent to Highway 224 and just to the south of the Nursery. The applicants are proposing it would sell snacks and drinks such as coffee, tea and espresso. It would not be a drive-through.

According to historical records, the building was known as the “Pace-Archibald General Store.” It was built sometime between 1880 and 1900 and operated up until the 1920’s. It was located on what is now Highway 224. When UDOT widened the highway, they moved it back to a foundation, where it sits today.

The building also sits on a parcel with a single-family house and a shed, dating back to 1902. The Planning Commission will be asked to determine if the building is historically significant and if it complies with six criteria for an adaptive re-use.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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