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Snyderville Commission Returns To Dakota Pacific Hearing, Aiming To Avoid Zoom Snafus This Time

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

The Snyderville Planning Commission, meeting in regular session on Tuesday, will resume a public hearing on the massive Dakota Pacific proposal at Kimball Junction.   That comes after public comments two weeks ago were postponed due to a technical snafu during the county’s electronic meeting.

The Planning Commission convenes Tuesday starting at 4:30, with Dakota Pacific as the first item on the agenda.

County meetings have been held remotely since the COVID-19 outbreak.    At the July 28th meeting, county officials found that their Zoom license, allowing up to 100 participants, was maxed out by the number of citizens wanting to link to the meeting.

County Development Director Pat Putt said that nobody could have predicted that.      

“Back in April, when we went back to work via Zoom, we knew that we were potentially going to hit some hiccups.  But we moved forward with that, believing that it was important to continue the work of local government.”

Putt said the Snyderville Planning Commisison made the right decision to postpone the hearing, given the importance of the project.

For this week, the county has a Zoom license that can accommodate up to 500 participants.          

“We’re gonna try to work both, sort of, on the planners who’ll be involved in that meeting with their applicants, to make sure that if there are applicants and their team, waiting to have their meeting, where they’re hearing what the Planning Commission addressed, that we’re not gonna be having them in the queue taking up spots for the public who wanna speak to the Tech Park.”

He said they will look at the Tech Park plan approved in 2008, and the revised mixed-use neighborhood now proposed by Dakota Pacific.     

“We’re gonna be talking about some of the bigger details.  Is this an increase in density?   The answer to that is “No.”  We’re gonna be talking about, whether or not this is taking away or impacting the existing open space.  The answer to that is “No”.  We’re gonna be talking about the transportation and traffic implications associated with this, both from the applicant’s mobility consultant, as well as our engineering department.”

The Snyderville Commission has four more items on its agenda.     Perhaps the most significant of those is the last item, which has the Snyderville Recreation District asking for a trailhead parking plan in the Spring Creek area north of Interstate 80.   

The District is asking for up to 11 parking spaces, most of them street-side on Glen Wilde Drive.       

“Basin Rec has been experiencing some management problems—the really popular portals for that whole trail system to the north.  And so this is a proposal to have a more formalized parking area for those guests and the users of the trail, hopefully balancing some of the concerns that were expressed from the neighborhood there.”

County Development Director Pat Putt.

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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