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Dakota Pacific hearing on November 17--Here's the rules and protocols

Dakota Pacific Real Estate

The Summit County Council and staff are preparing for what could be their most important public hearing in years. The council will take input on the proposed Dakota Pacific development at Kimball Junction on November 17th. Kirsten Whetstone, staff planner for the project, gave KPCW a short review of the protocols at the session.   

The Dakota Pacific project, a high density residential and commercial development plan that would amend the 2008 Boyer Tech Park approval, has sparked intense recent opposition in the community over growth and traffic worries.

Now it’s time for the public to weigh in and share thoughts with the council. The hearing begins at 6 p.m. on the 17th in the Richins building at Kimball Junction, as well as on Zoom.

Whetstone said that Council Chairman Glenn Wright may set time limits for speakers.

          “If there appear to be 100, or a large number of people who would like to speak, then it’s likely he’ll put some sort of a time limit, maybe 2 to 3 minute time limit on an individual’s opportunity to address the council.”

          She said it’s likely that as the meeting progresses, councilors will encourage speakers not to re-state comments others have already made. Citizens who agree with previous speakers are invited to acknowledge that briefly.

Whetstone said that, leading up to the meeting, citizens can also send e-mails.

          “If people have public input that they want to provide, and maybe they can’t be at the meeting or they’d rather write it down, then certainly they can e-mail to me.    And I’m collecting all of that until the time that the council packet, the deadline for that packet, and it goes out to be posted and published, that will be all in the council’s packet.   And then our will continue to collect e-mails until, say, noon or close to the end of the day on the 16th.    And any of those e-mails, I will collate them and put them into a PDF and I’ll get them to the council probably the morning of the 17th.”

          Summit County planner Kirsten Whetstone.

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.