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County Development Director Gives Update On Indian Hollow Project

The Indian Hollow residential project approved west of Kamas came to a hearing last week held by County Manager Tom Fisher. Development Director Pat Putt gave us an update on the outcome.

The project consists of a plan for 65 residential lots. It is located north of the intersection of Highway 248 with Democrat Alley.

Putt said it was approved a couple of years ago, under the 1996 East County Code. The owner last week was requesting a bundle of changes.

“Clarifications, not necessarily changes, but clarifications to a couple of conditions and a request for one change. What Tom Fisher approved as part of this action yesterday was a change in that project that just clarifies who the water provider is going to be. My understanding is that that water provider is going to be the Indian Hollow Creek Water Company. They’ve clarified that the developer when they move forward can either install the sewer system which is going to be a package treatment plant. Or they can bond for that meaning that if they bond for that they can get started with the construction, but that package treatment plant would need to be completed prior to lots being sold.”

Putt said although he wasn’t at last week’s meeting, there was reportedly also a requested change to the perimeter fence. That brought out more than a dozen residents who wanted to keep the fence as planned.

“When the planning commission approved this there was a requirement for a six-foot-high fence. I believe the intent of that was to prevent trespass from the development onto the adjacent agricultural properties. The fence was pretty specific in its approval. It was supposed to be six-feet-high. The top two strands were supposed to be constructed with barbwire. The applicants were coming in requesting that they be able to modify that fence to be able to have a more wildlife friendly fence. Based on the public comment and the input received yesterday the county manager did not change that condition of approval. So what we’ll end up seeing will be a six-foot-high fence, the top two strands will be barbwire.”

On a related item, Putt noted that most of Democrat Alley is on septic service. County planners want to look at the sewer issue there.

“It’s going to be something both the Summit County Health Department and Community Development Commission Staff will be most likely looking at what our strategies are going to be moving into the future. Is there going to be some possibilities in the short term and maybe in the mid-to-long term to move towards a public system in that area? I know it’s a high priority for council.”

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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