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Snyderville Planning Commission Approve Lot-Line Adjustment And Pressure Valve Station

Among the items for the Snyderville Planning Commission this week, the panel made decisions about two different parcels in the Canyons Resort area.

The Snyderville Commission approved a lot-line adjustment for a parcel in the Colony—the kind of routine item that often comes to the group.

In this case, though, the request involved protecting a lot from an avalanche hazard. The Chairwoman for the Planning Commission, Malena Stevens, explained.

“There was a property up in the canyons that as the developer was developing the parcel had some concerns regarding an avalanche area that could at some point if setoff run into the house from what I understand,” Stevens continued. “So, it was a safety concern. They worked with TCFC and avalanche experts and determined that yes indeed it was a concern. So, they fenced that area to prevent the avalanche from occurring. However, TCFC didn't want to have that on their property as far as, from what I understand, maintenance and all of those sorts of things. So, in essence the owner of the parcel that would have been affected by the avalanche purchased two acres or it was a small portion of TCFC’s land in order to then themselves be able to maintain that fencing for the avalanche.”

On another item, as we’ve reported, the Planning Commission approved a pressure valve station for the county’s Mountain Regional Water District. Stevens said they found there was a valid basis for the approval, although four residents from the neighboring Hidden Creek condos protested that the location was in an open space easement, and it overlooks a pond near their residences.

“The neighbors concern was that it was visible,” Stevens explained. “There's a pond in that neighborhood that is highly valued. It will be visible I think the back of it from the pond. There was also some concern of the precedent of constructing a structure within an open space area. We asked legal counsel extensively because within the community open space is very valued, as it should be. Apparently with different types of open space there are different contingencies on the open space. With how this was written with the easement this was the appropriate avenue in which to add that utility. There's precedent within the Canyons as well, that there's other open space preserved areas that have ski lifts or other utilities that are vital to the area.” 

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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