It’s the Shopping Cart, Stupid

You may not recall, but at one point walk-ability was a key tenet of the 2012 upgrades to the Village at Kimball (i.e. Del Taco, Smith’s expansion, Five Guys, etc.). The idea was that the developer would create a walk-able community where shoppers could park and walk from shop to shop. Yet, when all was said …

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Complaints About Hyatt on 224 Are Growing

Over the past month we have been hearing more complaints about the new Hyatt on 224. Those complaints seem to be mostly about light pollution but also a little about noise. I remember the Summit County Council meeting where this hotel was first proposed. The land was zoned for office space and a restaurant. The …

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Another Reason to Be Cautious on Pace Meadows

Earlier today we wrote about how Pace Meadows (proposed mixed use development east of Highway 40 where te alpacas are) and the Colby School Hotel were two examples of developments that don’t meet the General Plan’s declaration of no new entitlements from a citizen’s point of view. However, there is another instructive correlation between Pace …

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Read Our Lips: No New Entitlements

When the most recent Snyderville Basin General Plan was being finalized there was a debate over a section of the plan called Policy 2.3. It states: “Do not approve any new entitlements beyond those permitted by the Development Code until such time that existing entitlements are significantly exhausted, unless the County legislative body first determines that: …

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No, We Don’t Need More Hotels Right Now

You may be familiar with the new Hyatt Hotel being built on 224, across the street and down from Soaring Wings Montessori. This location was previously “zoned” for a small restaurant and business space. In early 2014, the Summit County Council agreed to let the development house a hotel, instead. A year and a half later, …

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A Great Discussion That Reminds Us To Start Paying Attention

Every once in awhile there will be a 30 second exchange between people that everyone should hear. This morning it happened on KPCW. Summit County Community Development Director Pat Putt was interviewed by KPCW’s Leslie Thatcher about different developments happening around the Snyderville Basin. One of those developments discussed was the Silver Creek Village, near Home Depot. …

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Something Doesn’t Add Up With the Whole Foods Traffic Study

On Wednesday, the Summit County Council is further examining whether a development that will house Whole Foods on Landmark Drive, across from Ruby Tuesday, should be allowed. If you are interested in the topic, I would encourage you to read the traffic study that was performed by Hales Engineering. Traffic appears to be the major holdup (along …

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The Details of Affordable Housing Are Tricky

As part of the new “Whole Foods” development across from Ruby Tuesday’s, there is a requirements to build affordable housing. The developer is meeting this requirement by building twenty, 800 sq foot apartments on top of a building in the development. The design is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath, with a kitchenette design. One of the great …

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