OGDEN -- The first phase in the Summit Eden development has moved a step closer to fruition.
The Weber County Commission held a public hearing Tuesday to discuss a conditional-use permit for a 154-unit residential development called Summit at Powder Mountain Phase 1, to be located southwest of the traditional ski areas.
Although the purchase of Powder Mountain will not be final for another couple of weeks, as the management company of the ski resort, Summit Mountain Holding Group is moving forward based on plans previously approved by the original owners.
Last November, the commission approved a petition to rezone 4,297 acres of the Ogden Valley resort, as part of a deal with Western American Holdings LLC. The rezone allows for a golf course, affordable housing for employees and other development, such as condominiums and an expanded ski area.
The first phase of plans put forward by Summit is for a 154-unit residential development.
After the sale of Powder Mountain is finalized, the owners plan to sell plots of land in the proposed development.
Summit managing partner Greg Mauro said the home sites will range in size from a few thousand square feet to about 2-acres.
Smaller units will be clustered within a village concept.
"We tried to cluster the density to minimize sprawl," Mauro said. "What's unusual about the project, is that we do have size limitations."
Land owners can build on their own property, as long as they follow a Modern Mountain design. The units on Powder Mountain will primarily be second homes.
The development will also include a retreat center, separate from the Skylodge Event Center, which is currently under construction and is slated for completion by early May.
Weber County senior planner Sean Wilkinson said the subdivision is similar to others in the Wolf Creek area.
After the public hearing, Wilkinson said Summit needs to proceed with site plan approval by showing commissioners what they are going to do with the property, giving everyone a general idea of their project. That will involve presenting a final overlay of the subdivision layout to the county.
Before it can begin work on the development, infrastructure improvements must be made to the mountain.
Last month, the county agreed to back a $22.5 million bond for Summit Mountain Holding Group, with the approval of a memorandum of understanding to create a special assessment district.
The special assessment district will levy taxes within a 1,570-acre development to build the infrastructure, through a 20-year bond.
Summit Mountain Holding Group will use the money to build a water well, water holding tank, sewer system and roads on Powder Mountain to service future development.
Construction on the infrastructure should begin by late summer.