Summit County Council conflicted on Pinebrook affordable housing project

A developer is in search of to assemble 22 townhomes at 3085 Pinebrook Street on a 1-acre good deal that was after employed as a tennis court docket. The Snyderville Basin Planning Fee turned down the proposal in April, but the Summit County Council will have the last say.
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The Summit County Council acknowledged the initiatives of builders hoping to convey 22 models of cost-effective housing to Pinebrook on Wednesday but questioned if the project will be appropriate with the community.

Elected officials acknowledged the project helps address a require in the Snyderville Basin, nevertheless struggled with regardless of whether it would deliver as well considerably density or if the value for each unit justifies the enhance in inhabitants. The proposal would assemble 22 townhomes on a 1-acre great deal that was once used as a tennis courtroom and limit models to men and women earning 30%, 60% and 80% yearly median revenue.

The County Council took up the discussion following the Snyderville Basin Arranging Commission forwarded a damaging suggestion to the Council because the proposal didn’t satisfy a coverage in the Snyderville Basin Standard Approach. Some Pinebrook residents also expressed problem about the project escalating targeted traffic and other basic safety challenges.

The developer argues that by making all of the units reasonably priced housing, the undertaking gains the local community by facilitating reasonable-earnings housing, which satisfies the plan that necessitates new developments ought to have “a compelling countervailing community interest.”

County councilors are now tasked with selecting whether or not the challenge suits the description.

Councilor Doug Clyde claimed he’d received many e-mail about the task. He has issues the assets may be much too dense to be appropriate with the neighborhood, and mentioned the project’s “fatal flaw is that it is not built-in into the local community.”

“You get individuals who appear at [concentrated affordable housing in one development] and say ‘That’s where the brown people live and I don’t like the brown men and women.’ Which is why we have a great deal of sturdy consideration for integration. We’re not just warehousing individuals below. We’re bringing individuals into our neighborhood,” Clyde mentioned. “That’s the whole idea … this is not it.”

Clyde’s remarks spurred another person from the audience to shout out, primary to an exchange concerning elected officers and all those attending. County Councilor Chris Robinson reminded the viewers they were being not keeping a community hearing.

County Councilor Roger Armstrong stated the Pinebrook proposal is a single he’s been wrestling with. He agrees that 22 models on the house as well as parking might be as well much for the community but claimed its walkability and hard work to present inexpensive housing are advantages.

County Councilor Glenn Wright indicated he would be in favor of the undertaking, with certain stipulations in the advancement settlement like environmental mitigation attempts. He stated he figured out from Summit County Preparing Department workers there are 3,500 undeveloped entitlements and 70% of people are predicted to be one-relatives homes, which are not very likely to offer you the exact same level of very affordable housing.

“We are not heading to be equipped to establish very affordable housing except if we establish it dense. This type of task is the only issue that is affordable, that can be constructed affordably in our county,” Wright stated.

Robinson stated he struggles with the project’s density and wondered what kind of precedent it would set. He questioned the developer to request a public listening to soon after county staffers work by means of a reasonable-revenue housing approach, which is due in Oct. Then the County Council could keep a vote.