Hideout Schedules Friday Night Meeting Hours After Judge's Ruling

Sep 4, 2020

Hideout's Town Council scheduled a Friday night meeting just hours after a judge's ruling Thursday.

Hideout's Town Council isn't done talking about annexing 655 acres in Summit County.

The council scheduled a meeting for Friday night of Labor Day weekend at 6:30pm.  On Thursday afternoon, a judge issued a preliminary injuction against Hideout's pre-annexation agreement with developers Josh Romney and Nate Brockbank.  Summit County had filed a lawsuit saying that agreement occured in violation of Utah's open meeting laws.  

Hideout had kept that agreement in place, even though it repealed its plans to annex the land after state lawmakers revoked a law that allowed it.  However, the legislature's action doesn't take effect until mid-October, which leaves a window in which Hideout could still try to annex the land if it acts quickly. 

That has Park City Mayor Andy Beerman concerned.  Beerman released a statement Friday morning saying the judge's ruling validates residents' concerns that "...covert land deals intended to deprive the public of transparency have no business in Utah."  Beerman added, "I cannot imagine any other scenario for Hideout than to withdraw its plans to force an annexation across county lines for a massive new development."  Beerman encourages opponents of the annexation to attend Friday's meeting. 

Hideout Mayor Phil Rubin has not replied to KPCW's request for comment.