Commissioners discuss countywide plan |

Commissioners discuss countywide plan

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Countywide Comprehensive Plan moved one step closer to adoption Monday after an initial review by the Board of County Commissioners.

Though the commissioners expressed reservations with certain aspects of the plan, there did not appear to be any serious opposition to it as a whole, long-range planning manager Mark Truckey said.

Truckey said the plan was a “pretty significant overhaul” of the current plan, which was adopted in 1994. It attempts to consolidate various policies that have emerged in the development guidelines of the county’s individual basins and would be applicable to the county overall.

“It’s more comprehensive,” Truckey said of the update.

Commissioner Tom Long took issue with the language surrounding the Transfers of Development Rights (TDRs), which allow certain zoned areas to transfer density to other areas. He said the process of coordinating sending versus receiving sites was “backwards.” He also said the plan did not sufficiently account for land use associated with maintenance facilities.

“My problem is this: We need to face reality,” he said. “It’s gonna take a mine. We’re gonna have a gravel pit as long as Summit County exists. We just need to face that.”

“I just want us to identify those things we’re going to have to have,” he said.

The commissioners were scheduled to meet with the countywide planning commission Monday evening to discuss the plan, which is subject to their endorsement. Truckey said public hearings could begin in August or September.

“We’re looking at probable adoption in the

September-October area,” he said.”

Aidan Leonard can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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