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The Town of Hideout To Hold First, Only Public Hearing On Their Annexation Plans

The Hideout Town Council will hear public comment about their intent to annex land in Summit County for the first time Monday night. 


Hideout has been trying to annex a parcel of land in Summit County through a state law that was approved in March, and a portion of it was later repealed. The repeal, however, doesn’t take effect until October 19, which gave Hideout 60 days to get the annexation through. 

Under that same law, before the town council can make a final vote on the annexation, they have to hold a public hearing meeting. 

Hideout Mayor Phil Rubin said in a statement released last month that the town council wants to use the land to build services like grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers to accommodate the more than 20,000 residential units approved, but not yet built, in the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Even if Hideout approves the annexation, they might face problems moving forward because of the lawsuits Summit County has filed against the town and the developers of the property, Nate Brockbank and Josh Romney.  Summit County contends that Hideout will be in violation of the court-ordered injunction, if it approves the annexation of disputed property near Richardson Flat. 


Hideout Town Council released public input guidelines. In the release they said, "Public Hearings are an opportunity for the public to provide their opinion on proposed legislation. It is a critical part of the Public Process."


The release also explained the council was required to wait 30-days until they could take public comment, which is why they hadn't received public input before.


The council said they're taking extra steps to minimize the potential for disruption and said they will prosecute anyone who purposefully disrupts the session.


If you want to make a public comment during the meeting you can call 408-638-0986 or you can zoom into the meeting.  


This story has been updated to include information about input guidelines released by the Town of Hideout.


Jessica joins KPCW as a general assignment reporter and Sunday Weekend Edition host. A Florida native, she graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in English — concentrating in film studies — and journalism. Before moving to Utah, she spent time in Atlanta, GA.
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