Public To Address Snyderville Planning Commission Regarding Controversial Building In Silver Creek

Oct 8, 2018

Rendering of the proposed Gilmour Guest & Arena
Credit Summit County

The recurring debate about Recreation Facilities and Accessory Buildings in the Silver Creek neighborhood, is coming back to the Snyderville Planning Commission, as they look at a proposed soccer arena in their regular meeting set for Tuesday.

The Snyderville Commission meets on Tuesday, October 9th, 4:30 at the Sheldon Richins Building.

For their first item, they will hold a public hearing for a property owner at 532 Westwood Road, who is proposing a building, of a little over 14,000 square feet, containing a large soccer arena, an apartment or living area and a warm-up on storage space.

The parcel, of over 9 acres, is zoned Rural Residential, and already has a single-family home, barn and outdoor riding area.

The owner, under the code, needs a Conditional Use Permit, for an Accessory building over 10,000 square feet, and a Low Impact Permit for a Private Recreation Facility.

The staff report says that the county has received several verbal or written complaints about the proposal. The packet includes a number of letters.

Among other things, the opponents say that the project’s mas and scale is incompatible with a the neighborhood, that it will likely turn into a commercial operation, and there will be impacts form traffic and lighting.

One letter said Silver Creek is already a dumping ground for ugly buildings, boats, abandoned cars, tractors and other items. It says, “I am sick and tired of people with too much G.D. money doing whatever they want and screwing the rest of the neighborhood.”

The staff report doesn’t have a recommendation for or against. It notes that the building would have shifts in the façade and the design will make it look like an agricultural building. The staff is asking the Planning Commission to tell them and the applicant if anything further can be done to mitigate the project.