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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Summit County Seeks Planning Commissioners

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Application deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8


Don Reimer, Planning Director: 970-668-4207

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County government is seeking local candidates to serve on its five planning commissions and the Board of Adjustment. These six bodies play vital roles in shaping the community, through decisions and guidance on land-use planning and development.

“Our planning commissioners are some of the most impactful decision makers in the community,” Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs said. “They help set the vision for our built environment and ensure that development takes place in a way that safeguards our community character and our natural resources.”

Summit County has four basin planning commissions – Lower Blue, Snake River, Tenmile and Upper Blue – which have review, approval and recommendation authority for various types of developments in the unincorporated areas of Summit County.  The Countywide Planning Commission reviews proposed amendments to the Summit County Land Use and Development Code and makes recommendations on countywide policies related to land use, growth, environmental protection, open space, housing and economic development.

Each planning commission is scheduled to meet one evening per month, with occasional field trips as needed. Regular meetings are canceled from time to time, when there are no development applications or other business items to bring before the commission. Members of each basin planning commission must reside in the respective basin. Planning commissioners have significant influence in the periodic updates to the four basin master plans and the Countywide Comprehensive Plan.

The Summit County Board of Adjustment interprets development codes and considers variance requests when a property owner or developer can’t meet zoning regulations and has applied for relief. The Board of Adjustment has the authority to grant relief from the requirements of certain regulations in cases where compliance would result in exceptional practical difficulties or undue hardships related to the development and use of property. The board meets as needed, no more often than one evening per month.

Each basin planning commission will have at least one vacant seat when current commissioner terms expire March 31. With five pending vacancies, the Tenmile Planning Commission has the greatest need for applicants. The Countywide Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment each have open seats for which incumbents are seeking reappointment.

“It’s really important to the future of our community that we have well-qualified planning commissioners, because their work influences what Summit County will look like for decades to come,” Summit County Planning Director Don Reimer said. “In that respect, it’s very exciting and interesting work for a citizen to take part in.”

To apply for a seat on any of the Summit County planning commissions or the Board of Adjustment, visit  Applicants may fill out an online application form or submit a letter of interest via email to the Summit County Planning Department. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8.


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