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Summit County Receives Proposal for Development Near Highland Estates


A brand-new development application to Summit County is asking for a considerable amount of residential housing in a vacant parcel near Highland Estates.


County Community Development Director Patt Putt said they just got a proposal called Highland Flats, located on 40 acres in the northeastern end of Highland Estates. It’s bounded by Highland Drive on one side, and the intersection of Interstate 80 and Highway 40 on the other.


The applicant is proposing 410 multi-family units. Around 125 of those would be designated as workforce housing—a little under a third of the units, according to Putt. The plan also has a church site.


He said the application is seeking a general plan amendment, a rezone and a conditional use permit.


“The general plan amendment would be necessary because right now the general plan’s future land use Map to that area calls out that piece of ground as being very low residential development and possible open space,” Putt said. “the reason for the general plan amendment is, if there was going to be consideration of a rezoning of that property, which in this case they’re gonna be requesting a rezoning to Community Commercial. One of the tests is whether or not that rezoning’s consistent with the general plan. Those two will be done hand-in-glove. The conditional use permit would just be for the multi-family development, part of the design concept.”


Putt said the proposal will be a good chance for them to evaluate, again, where they want to go with the Basin’s general plan.


“Are we looking to continue more of a low-density, dispersed development pattern, or should we look in some specific areas to re-think that, to maybe cluster to save or maybe advance some other open space strategies,” he said. “I think projects like this are sort of our gut-check whether or not we should continue with those values in the plan, or whether there are factors out there that would give us a reason to change that.”


On the other side of the Basin, the Snyderville Planning Commisison is looking at the Dakota Pacific proposal at Kimball Junction. Putt noted, though, that property already has a density entitlement approved back in 2008.


“Should we go from a very, very low threshold of development, one unit per 20, one unit per 40 acres, and upzone that, in this particular case, to accommodate up to 400 units. I think this will be one that the Planning Commission will be careful and deliberate in reviewing,” he said.


In other Basin news, we reported back in May that a moose was rescued after it stumbled into a flooded construction foundation at a house lot in Summit Park. 


Putt said he heard from a building inspector last week that that foundation has been filled in.

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