CategoryCounty Council

New Whole Foods Will Test General Plan’s “No New Entitlements” Policy

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The Snyderville Basin General Plan Phase 2 is moving through the County approval process. The General Plan defines how citizens believe development and growth should occur in the Basin. It defines everything from our desire for open space to a focus on trails to limits on big box stores. One of the most interesting aspects is Policy Statement 2.3. It says: “Do not approve any new...

Online Debate Serves as an Example for Park City and Summit County Governments

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On Wednesday Mountain Meister is holding an online debate about Mountain Accord. We are excited for the debate but perhaps more excited about the technological aspects. Holding an event online allows a broad audience to participate and the fact that it will likely be recorded will make it even easier for community members to participate. Perhaps more exciting, is that questions can be submitted...

How Summit County Council Members Feel About Mountain Accord

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We are going to make an attempt to describe where we believe each of our Summit County Council Members stands on Mountain Accord. While we understand opinions are nuanced and we’re sure we won’t get it spot on, here is what we gleaned from watching the members debate the issue on Wednesday. Kim Carson (Council Chairperson): It appears Ms. Carson learned a lot about Mountain Accord...

Summit County Council Meeting on Mountain Accord

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We live blogged the Summit County Council Meeting on Mountain Accord. You should get a good feel for how various members of your County Council feel about the topic. Please forgive any spelling mistakes. The meeting moved pretty quickly. In some cases below you’ll see just the first names of council members. For clarity, Roger is Roger Armstrong, Kim is Kim Carson, Dave is Dave Ure, Chris...

County Considering Expanding Allowed Uses and Square Footage at Old Meacham Jeep Site

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On February 25th, the Summit County Council will hold a public hearing to discuss increasing the types of uses and the amount of square footage that is available at the old Meacham Jeep site. Meacham Jeep’s site is now occupied by Professional Care Auto Works and sits on the east edge of the Burt Brothers facility. Since this is a public hearing, the county would like to hear from you if...

There is a Distrust of Summit County Government When it Comes to Development

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We’ve followed the Snyderville Basin planning process in great detail for a while. Granted, by many people’s standards across the Basin, who have been here since the 60s, 70s, or 80s, we’ve only been here for a drop in the bucket. That said, we were so upset with some events a few years ago that we began going to every possible Planning Commission and County Council meeting we...

Why Approve a Proposal That Causes More Traffic?

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Over the past few months the Summit County government has spent countless hours internally working on solutions to transportation problems. They’ve spent over $100,000 on consultants who provided uninspired suggestions. They have taken input (and valuable time) from hundreds of citizens, that apparently will go almost nowhere. And they have concluded that they will have to solve the...

Sean Wharton’s Sign Doesn’t Seem Legal But For Sure It Is Dangerous

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We encountered the above “sign” for Sean Wharton, Candidate for Summit County Council, on the frontage road across from Fresh Market in Pinebrook. While the county laws regarding campaign signs are more lax than regular signs, it appears that campaign signs cannot legally be in the public right-of-way according to the County’s web page on campaigning.  More importantly, this is...

Summit County Ignores Another Possible Issue with the Basin Rec Bond Election

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Many people are aware of the county missing the required date to provide a Notice of Election for the Basin Rec Bond; however, there may be another, just-as-serious issue, that the County has chosen to ignore. When a bond is going to appear on the ballot, the County has to have an official public hearing on the bond. According to Utah Statute 11-14-318 this public hearing has to occur between 30...

The Summit County Council Chose Poorly When Allowing the Basin Rec Bond to Continue on the Ballot

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On Wednesday evening, Summit County held a meeting to enable citizens to speak for or against a Basin Recreation Bond. Earlier, news had broken that the County would be violating Utah Statute 11-14-202 if they went ahead and allowed the bond to be on the Ballot. That statute says that election must formally be noticed in the paper 21 days before the election. However, the County Attorney provided...

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