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Summit County Council Will Take A Look At Kimball Junction Master Plan

As part of their agenda this week, the Summit County Council will consider their major commercial area, Kimball Junction. Then they will look at an application for one hillside lot.

During their Wednesday meeting at the Richins Building, the council at 5:00 pm will look at the Kimball Junction Master Plan. They are meeting with the Kimball Blue Ribbon Committee and the Snyderville Planning Commission.

The area has a new major player, as the 52-acre site for the Tech Park has been bought by Dakota Pacific. But County Manager Tom Fisher said they haven’t seen an application from the company yet.

He said they’re working out a blueprint to enhance Kimball as a people-centered development.

“The mixed-use development concept, walkability,” Fisher continued. “How transportation and traffic interact with the land use. How properties redevelop in the Kimball Junction area as current development there ages out. Or in the case of the tech park, which is kind of the largest parcel still undeveloped, as it goes through its process. Very different look at this than what has happened in the past. We’re looking at it holistically about how it can all work together."

At 6:00 pm, the council holds a public hearing and may make a decision on a request from a lot owner in Glen Wilde, who is seeking a Special Exception to exceed the legal grading limits on the site. Fisher noted that the planning staff is recommending against it.

“It's already got an existing structure on it, an existing home,” Fisher explained. “It has already had the 20,000 square foot limit of disturbance on the property due to the driveway and the home that's already there. So, this would be increasing that disturbance by 16,000 square feet. Right now, the limit per code is 20,000 square feet. The current structure and its driveway already meet that limit and have already been done. So, this increase is quite a large increase over what the code allows.”

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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