Snyderville Planning Commission Ponders Changes For Lawns, Landscaping In Code

The Snyderville Planning Commission is discussing new landscaping requirements for the Basin Development Code that will affect everything from lawns to residents near businesses to possible restrictions on sprinklers.

At their most recent meeting, the Snyderville Planning Commissioners held a working session to discuss landscaping. It is part of their efforts, going back several months, to revise and update several chapters in the code.

Snyderville Commissioner Crystal Simons said as the basin grows they want to take responsibility not only for landowners but also for the current environment, with droughts and water scarcity across the country. She said this was her goal as they focus on the landscaping chapter in the code.

“This chapter describes how new developments, particularly currently commercial but questionable, should be extended to additional new developments or changes in various non-commercial zones in order to be responsible for the use of water in our community and in our region. Where does the water come from? Will it be there forever? Is required in the code that, for example, the median and parking spaces are lawns. Is it a responsible decision to say they have to be lawn but we don’t have the water to maintain them. I think the aesthetic of our landscape in Park City matters to our community. And we want to look at that language to make sure we don’t put things into it that could tie our hands, that we might have to repeat at some point in the future. “

She said they want to expand the need beyond the commercial realm to include new, large housing developments like Silver Creek Village. Simons said they are examining vegetation along streets, parking lots and near apartment buildings.

KPCW asked if they would ban sprinklers. Simons said that wasn’t on the table, but it’s worth talking about what a ban would mean.

“What are the effects of something of this magnitude, and then we can undo it from there and discuss what kinds of technologies are there that are helping us to do this without the need for a homeowner or a developer, for example represents excessive stress. “. There’s a lot of water conservation technology out there in landscaping. And I think the question is, where do we find that balance when we have a beautiful aesthetic landscape in our community that goes into the Park City ideology and the landscape and the visual, while at the same time balancing our responsibilities as global citizens, maybe not to consume excessive water. We’ll look at it again and consider which technologies and which provisions in the code would make sense. “

Snyderville Planning Commissioner Crystal Simons, who at the time said she was not talking about making landscaping restrictions retrospectively on older developments.

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