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Massage Therapy Business Approved In Silver Summit Neighborhood

As we have reported, an application for a home-based massage therapy business in Silver Summit was approved by the Snyderville Planning Commission this week.

Although it stirred some debate from neighbors, and within the Snyderville panel, Planning Commissioner Malena Stevens told us it is an allowed use as a Low Impact Permit.

At one point during the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday, the proposal was stuck in a 3-3 tie vote. Stevens said some panel members wanted to mitigate what they perceived as impacts.

“and the rest of us felt that they could be mitigated just by the county code and what’s already being done.” KPCW asked if it’s the responsibility of people to know the rules before they purchase in a neighborhood. Stevens responded, “I think that’s definitely something for people to be aware of. There’s a lot of uses that are allowed in rural residential areas that people wouldn’t necessarily think if they hadn’t read the code. So, reading the code I think is a very important step. Also, that is one reason why as a commission and as a planning staff we’re currently starting to go through the code. To look at all those uses, see what’s appropriate and see if there’s better ways to message that as well so that’s something to stay tuned for.”

Stevens said she and others in the group feel the impacts of the business will be minimal.

“It’s just four cars essentially per day maximum. Not even, it could be less than that coming into the neighborhood. Really there’s a lot of people with lots of kids or teenagers that generate more trips than that every day. So, I think that it’ll be minimal. With the nature of the business being massage therapy, it’s not going to be loud or intrusive. I think that it will work out well the way that we’ve approved it.”

There was some debate about whether the applicant should enforce the county's anit-idling law with his customers. But Stevens sahd she sees that as more of a county-wide issue.

“Car idling is an issue within the county in general. By nature of kind of our climate in the wintertime it’s cold and if you have your kids or your dog or somebody in the car, you’re probably not going to turn off your car. I think that the county and the city have been pretty proactive about how they want to handle that. I personally just felt that we need to approach that from a more county-wide legislative manner then piecing it off one person at a time that may or may not be a little subjective.”

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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