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Summit County And Promontory Resolve Dispute

It looks like a dispute has been ironed out between Summit County and the Promontory development.

County Development Director Pat Putt says Promontory will be able to move forward with its expanded Jack Nicklaus Clubhouse.

Putt told KPCW last week that the Clubhouse has been planned as a 17,000 square-foot structure, with a small conference facility.   But the county had asked for details on when Promontory’s affordable housing would be implemented.

“I’m happy to report, I think we’ve kind of broken through the logjam as recently as yesterday,” Putt said. “I’ve been informed that Promontory folks have agreed to an Affordable Housing strategy moving forward.”

Putt detailed the points of the agreement.

“They’ve agreed to build seven units here in the near term,” Putt explained. Depending on where they’re built—if they’re built within the Promontory area, they’re to complete these within 24 months. If they’re proposed to be out of the Promontory SPA area, somewhere else in the general area, the agreement is they’ll complete those within 18 months.   The remaining obligation, which is 28 units, would need to occur within 5 years.   There’s two units already provided.”

He said he expects that the County Manager will execute an agreement quickly.    Putt said the Nicklaus construction will probably take place this year and planning for the workforce housing will start quickly.

The plan, though, allows for much of the employee housing to take place out of the Promontory boundaries.   Putt said the East Side Planning Commission was concerned about traffic impacts.   That led to the timing in the plan.

“The Planning Commission said, hey listen, if you are going to put them inside the development, we realize that’s probably going to take some time to go through the siting, go through the design, go through the construction,” Putt continued. “That’s probably unrealistic to think that’s going to get done in one year.  So, we’ll work with you.   We’ll give you two building seasons. If you’re gonna take em outside of the SPA boundary—say you’re gonna put em in the Silver Summit area, or somewhere out in the Basin—that’s less desirable.   So we’re going to incentivize you to get that done quicker. And so that’s why there’s a shorter time frame or shorter fuse on that.”

He said that likely the workforce units won’t be placed in remote locations such as Kamas, Wanship or Echo, but will be in the Basin, with adequate access to transit and services.

Meanwhile, Putt said they’re continuing to look at a revised plan for the South Pointe phase of Promontory.

About two years ago, developers proposed changing South Pointe to a plan for over 1000 residential units and 190,000 square feet of commercial. That ran into opposition from citizens and the East Side Commission. Putt said the plan was  withdrawn last summer.

Earlier this year, the East Side Commission got a look at a plan to move about 45 units from other areas of Promontory to add to the 285 units already entitled at South Pointe—for a total of 330 units.    The new plan would also have 10,000 square feet of Support Commercial.

Putt said the new plan also has some changes on lot size and residency requirements.

“There’s a request to be allowed under certain conditions to reduce the lot sizes in the area from—what exists now is a one acre minimum down to a third-acre minimum,” Putt said. “I think the last discussion point is eliminating some development agreement language that has a six-month maximum residency limitation on some of their resort units.   Or said more simply, there’s a restriction on the amount of time that a property owner could occupy some of these resort units, that they couldn’t be full-time residences.   And they’re asking that that be released.”

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