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County Sees A New Colby Proposal, Plus New Residential Project Near 248

Summit County planners have received a new proposal for the Colby School site, seeking to re-establish it as a Bed n Breakfast.

County Development Director Pat Putt  said that an application for a residential project in South Summit is another new item that has come across his counter.

Putt said the application for the Colby School would set up eight guest rooms in the existing building—the maximum allowed by code—plus a managers unit.

This comes nearly two years after a revamped proposal for the Colby site, to include a hotel, restaurant, studios for yoga and pilates and other items, went to the Summit County Council.    The Council granted appeals from neighboring residents and turned down the proposal.

Putt said the scale of that proposal isn’t being revived.       

“This isn’t the case here.  I think the proposal is to come in, work within the existing structures and uses and go back to what you just touched on, was the original intent of the facility.

The building began as the Snowed Inn during the 1980’s.

Putt said under the current zoning, Rural Residential, the new plan would be allowed as a Conditional Use Permit.

Meanwhile, an application has been submitted for a project called Whisper Ridge, to be located on 22 acres off Highway 248 above the Tuhaye Development.

Putt said the applicant,  PC Developers LLC, is calling for up to 200 units, a mix of affordable and market-rate units.

Putt said it would be reviewed as a Master Planned Development.

He said one interesting issue will likely be the project’s impact on 248, since it’s located just about halfway between Quinn’s Junction and Kamas.  They will also consider how utilities, such as sewer, can get to the location.

He said it’s likely that the Colby School application, and Whisper Ridge, will go to their respective Planning

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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