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The Latest On Canyons Worker Housing, Hoytsville Village Overlay

Summit County

During his monthly visit with KPCW, Summit County’s Development Director Pat Putt had some news about the employee housing expected at the Canyons Resort.’

In addition, ideas are being refined for the Village Overlay Zone at Hoytsville.  

Putt told KPCW that they just received an application, from the Canyons Village Management Association, and the prospective builder, Columbia Pacific, for the long-awaited employee-housing complex at the base of the Resort.

He said the project could accommodate up to 1150 beds.

Putt said they will try to introduce it to the Snyderville Planning Commission in December, and the project could start construction next year.

The area would also include a store, so the workers don’t always have to get in their cars to shop.   Putt said the store isn’t part of this application but should follow soon afterwards.

On another item, Putt said they’re still busy with the proposed Cedar Crest Village Overlay  near Hoytsville.

He said that on October 17th, an Open House at the  Ledges Event Center in Coalville drew  some 80-100 people.

It was a productive meeting, as the attendees addressed many of the basic questions about a possible Village.

“Those had to do with questions like, what were the attributes of the Hoytsville area that are important?   What would keep you in the Hoytsville area.  What would force you to make the decision to leave the Hoytsville area.    Are there needs or uses that you don’t have that you would like to see?   And then the big question is, what would you want to have Hoytsville, or the Cedar Crest area more specifically, be if you came back 25 years from now?”

Putt said it was gratifying to find that the sentiments from the citizens are basically in line with the property owners who make up the planning board for the Village Overlay.      

“We have a very large spectrum of input, everything from “We don’t want to see anything to change.   We don’t want to see any more development” to “Hey we need some specific things.  We need some smaller, more reasonably-priced affordable homes for our kids.  We need better access to the Rail Trail.  We could use a restaurant or a café”

Development Director Pat Putt, who said everybody is agreed that they don’t want the area to sprout into a city with 10,000 people.

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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