Snyderville Planning Commission Update Lighting Regulations

Feb 15, 2019

The Snyderville Planning Commission made a decision this week on new lighting regulations for the Snyderville Code. They’re continuing to discuss requested changes for the large Silver Creek Village project.

On Tuesday, the Snyderville Commission voted on regulations to update lighting technology and help preserve the night skies over the Basin.

The provision include a time-line for nonconforming lighting fixtures to be brought into compliance. Snyderville Chairwoman Bea Peck said they changed the deadline for that.

“That was shortened from seven years to five years,” Peck said. “It was our thought that five years was reasonable for everyone to adopt that. Including their homes, outside lights to meet the standards. It’s an aggressive posture but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

On another item, the developer for Silver Creek Village has requested some amendments—among those, asking that the building on one parcel be 65 percent affordable housing. The applicant argued that to do affordable units for rent, the Low-Income Tax Credits necessary are given for units that are concentrated.

But that runs into the Snyderville Commission’s stand, that the Village’s Development Agreement calls on affordable units to be integrated throughout the project.

Peck said they want to get a “macro” look at the development.

“Tell us what other affordable housing for rent, for instance, will be available. From earlier projects that previously were for rent are now going to be designed for sale. So we’re concerned about the mix, we’re concerned about location. If this particular parcel takes up or gives all of the affordable housing then there wouldn’t be any other affordable housing so called integrated throughout the community.”

Chairwoman Peck added that after six years on the Planning Commission she did not re-apply for another term. Peck said she has to move out of the Basin, for a while anyway, but plans to be back.