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Summit County Council Introduced To New Zone

The Summit County Council on November 20th was introduced to the Neighborhood Mixed Use Zone—a concept that staff planners think can help change patterns of living in the Snyderville Basin.   

The Mixed-Use Zone, which got a recommendation from the Snyderville Planning Commisison, is being submitted in conjunction with a specific project—The Marketplace at Silver Creek proposed by developer Henry Sigg near the Highway 40 frontage road.

It envisions a neighborhood node, somewhat self-sufficient so that residents don’t always have to drive to Kimball Junction.

Council Chairman Roger Armstrong said he likes  the concept, given the development that exists around the 40 corridor.       

“I wanta be careful how I say this, but the Silver Creek Village development was something we inherited as a Council.  It was already entitled, and we attempted to put the best, to build in the best elements that we could to benefit the community.  Affordable housing is in there.  There’s some community services in there.   There’s a lot of green space.  There’s some fields for Basin Rec.  There are some community benefits that we were able to get out of that, to make it work better.  I think one of the biggest issues out there is that it’s still isolated from any kind of retail grocery stores and the like.   So is Promontory.  To some degree I think Silver Summit neighborhood has some isolation in the same way.”

But at the same time, he said he’s concerned about the density.     

“It’s really potentially extremely dense, much denser than I ever thought it would be, and not necessarily specific to that development.  This NMU that was proposed I think was developed by that particular developer as the starting point for potentially a template that would be used for other NMU’s.  And I think we’ve got to work on the density part of that.”

Summit County Council Chairman Roger Armstrong

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covers Summit County meetings and issues. KPCW snagged him from The Park Record in the '80s, and he's been on air and covering the entire county ever since. He produces the Week In Review podcast, as well a heads the Friday Film Review team.
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