Revised Plan For Summit Research Park
The massive Dakota Pacific mixed use development will be back before the Snyderville Planning Commission Tuesday night when the commission will consider a revised plan that fits within the approved density.
The 50 acres at Kimball Junction was originally approved as the Park City Tech Center with nearly 1.3 million square feet for a research park and about 200,000 square feet of residential housing. The new owner of the property, Dakota Pacific Real Estate brought forth a new plan last year that added about a half million square feet and did away with the Tech center idea. Now, the planning commission will consider a revised plan to avoid Section 2.3 of the Snyderville Development Code from kidding. This section requires that the county not approve any new entitlements unless it offers a significant countervailing public interest.
Summit County Planner Kirsten Whetstone says the revised plan reduces the total square footage to within 6,000 square feet of the original approval. “So, this new plan reduces the overall square footage of residential, office, retail and hotel components so that now they are proposing 1.289 million square feet that excludes the deed restricted housing," said Whetstone. "Now their entitlement is 1.295 million square feet, which also excluded the deed restricted housing which got built as the Liberty Peak apartments. And so, they now have an overall reduction in what we call floor area or the million square feet at 1.289.”
Whetstone said the applicant is also proposing 35 few residential units. "Now they're proposing 1,100 of which 306 are deed restricted and 794 fall into the market range. All but 80 of those are rental units although there are 714 market rental units, 306 deed restricted rental units, and then 80 market rate condominium ownership condominiums and we still don’t know what the restrictions will be on those whether they'll be nightly rental or they allowed to be you know we haven't really gotten to that point.”
So, the question for the planning commission is now a change of use application. Instead of a research office park, does the county want a mixed used area with a 122,000 square foot hotel, 235,000 square feet of office space – in addition to the already approved 1100 residential units?
Gone is the proposed 50,000 square foot civic center. Whetstone says that was taken out of the plan because the applicant was hoping to do a land swap with the county for the parcel where the Richins Building and Transit Center are located. But Whetstone says that swap is on hold until they have some direction from the county council. She believes the land swap thought is still part of the long-term plan. “Because those discussions are likely to take some time in terms of working out all the details, we really haven't had a chance to get to the County Council to see whether that would be the direction they would even want to go. So, what they did was they left those two, which are at the far northeast corner of this property, they left those out that they don't control them anyway. Their county owns them and what they did was they went back to sort of a hybrid of the old plan which was to show offices.”
The proposed underground transit center with structured parking has also, for now, gone away and has been changed to surface parking. Again, Whetstone says a new underground transit center would require a number of other improvements to happen, so for now, the applicant just wants to build in some flexibility.