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Proposal for 85-lot subdivision concerns neighbors

(The Park Record) Some South Summit residents do not see anything attractive about a proposal to build 85 houses on 230 acres on Democrat Alley west of Kamas.

"It's such a big project and every time we've had a public hearing we get lots of public comment," Summit County planner Jennifer Strader said of what is being called Indian Hollow. "It's 85 lots, which they haven't seen before in eastern Summit County."

Citizens say the subdivision would detract from the agriculture lifestyle of the Kamas Valley, which is about 15 miles east of Park City.

"The concern is whether or not 85 lots is rural," Strader said.

Kamas Mayor Lew Marchant criticized the proposed Indian Hollow neighborhood in a letter to Summit County two years ago.

"We find this density to be completely unrealistic for the area and for the ability to provide satisfactory public services and infrastructure," Marchant states in his letter, dated June 19, 2007.

The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission was concerned about the potential for groundwater contamination when a much smaller subdivision was proposed on the site in 1998. Commissioners then were worried that 37 new homes would have septic tanks that were too close together.

The developer, Summit Hollow LLC, has since received preliminary approval from state officials, for a septic system at the subdivision.

But Marchant said he is leery of the plan.