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Snyderville Planners Grant Approvals For Basin Park, Power Line Upgrade

Snyderville Basin Planning Commission

The Snyderville Planning Commission had a short work schedule Tuesday night.

They approved Conditional Use Permits for two projects—one dealing with recreation, the other with electric power.   

The Planning Commission gave an approval to the Snyderville Recreation District for a Community Park along Trailside Drive.    It would take up about 10 acres across the road from the existing Trailside Park.

During a public hearing, local resident Leslie Masters said there’s already parking problems on that road.       

“I want to reinforce the problem of parking on Trailside Drive, and that it’s time to get that cleared, so you can safely drive through when you have special events in those fields.   Cause right now it’s bad even with the fields on one side of the road.”

Speaking to KPCW later, Planning Chairman Thomas Cooke said she brought up a valid concern.        

“Parking on the streets always gonna be a problem up there.   It’s gonna be really interesting if Basin Rec and the County can work together to actually encourage prople to use the parking that’s provided for the fields instead of just parking willy-nilly in the shoulder of the road up there.”

With their approval, the Planning Commissioners added conditions that the park would have no lighting from dusk to dawn; that the county prevent street parking; and that the Rec District continue an existing trail through the area, that’s used by students to get to Trailside Elementary.

Next, the Snyderville Planners gave an approval to Rocky Mountain Power for a transmission line upgrade, running from their Park City substation, near the Bonanza Arts and Culture District, along the Highway 224 corridor to the Bear Hollow substation.

The poles would be raised from 59 to 75 feet, as wildfire mitigation.

Cooke said it’s an interesting plan.       

“Obviously it’s crossing jurisdictions from Park City Municipal into the county.  And I think we did our best to cover our bases.   Rocky Mountain Power had come in with a transmission line upgrade about a year ago.  And I think many of the issues that we had about the poles and the types and the height, the county did a good job of mitigating that last time around.”

Rocky Mountain Power representative Lisa Romney said they have talked to Park City about undergrounding the substation, but haven’t looked at burying the poles.

Snyderville Commisisoner Chris Conabee asked what the comparative costs are, of above-and underground poles.    Project Manager Chris Wilder answered.       

“It’s about $300,000 per mile, overhead, and $6.25 million underground per mile.   (Conabee) Am I correct in that I hear it’s about $6 million more per mile, is that correct?     (Wilder) Yeh, it’s about 20 times more.”

Chris Wilder from Rocky Mountain Power.

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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