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In this screenshot from video, Morgan County Planning Director Lance Evans speaks with the Morgan County Commission on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, regarding the first Wasatch Peaks residential development Ranch in upscale 11,000 acre resort.

MORGAN – The Morgan County Commission unanimously approved a preliminary platform for the first subdivision of the Wasatch Peaks Ranch ski and golf resort on Tuesday, but as the project moves forward in the county’s process, a battle The related legal issue regarding a proposed referendum for voters continues to threaten development.

A lawyer for a group of five residents pushing the referendum said in an interview earlier Tuesday: “The developer is working on the site at their own risk.” Ogden’s attorney, Mr Darin Hammond, filed a petition in the 2nd District Court on October 19 asking Judge Noel Hyde to overturn the county clerk’s rejection of the referendum request.

“We expect the judge to grant our request because there was no reasonable basis for denying my clients the right to have their petition heard by constituents in Morgan County,” Hammond said.

The referendum effort came shortly after Morgan County Council – the body responsible before the county moved to commission form of government later – on October 30, 2019, passed an ordinance creating a special resort district and establishing a development agreement with Wasatch Peaks. Ranch.

Whitney Croft, Robert Bohman, Brandon Peterson, Shelley Paige and David Pike filed a referendum petition request on November 6, 2019, but County Clerk Stacy Netz Clark rejected it on November 21, saying they did not have sufficiently certified their residency and had not done so. attach a copy of the contested order.

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In this video screenshot, Wasatch Peaks Ranch general manager Ed Schultz speaks with the Morgan County Commission on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, about the company’s first residential subdivision in the upscale 11,000 acre resort.

The five men sued the county three weeks later, claiming the dismissal was inappropriate. And Wasatch Peaks took the matter as an intervener. Hyde dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that the district court had no jurisdiction over the lawsuit. But the Utah Supreme Court in August this year overturned that result, sending the case back to Hyde to resolve the original case.

Wasatch Peaks made additional arguments against the referendum, arguing that it was also submitted after the deadline and that there were issues with residents legalizing their residency certificates. Hammond’s motion said the district court should decide the matter based solely on the reasons given by the county clerk, and that the notary and timeliness issues were not cited.

The county and Wasatch Peaks have yet to respond in court to the residents’ petition. After that, Hyde can rule on the case or plan other arguments.

Wasatch Peaks began construction of the resort’s infrastructure shortly after the county approved the project in 2019. Developer general manager Ed Schultz said Wasatch Peaks was following all county ordinances and was confident in the project. He also touted the planned addition of development to the county’s tax base and communities.

County Planning Director Lance Evans presented the subdivision plan to commissioners on Tuesday afternoon, saying action for the 483-acre, 50-lot area would allow Wasatch Peaks to begin selling the lots to future residents of the complex.

Schultz followed up with brief remarks, assuring the commission that the ordinance was being followed to the letter and that the developer had cooperated with changes to the platform request during the planning commission process.

The commissioners did not ask any major questions on the platform and approved it in a voice vote.

Wasatch Peaks, which spans 11,000 acres of the southwest Morgan County skyline above Peterson, will include ski trails, golf courses, housing and other resort amenities . The resort is for upscale members who will join the exclusive community. County officials say the project will help the local economy and the tax base, but supporters of the referendum say they are concerned about the impacts on the environment and quality of life.

In 2020, Wasatch Peaks sued the five petitioners and a sixth referendum supporter for $ 10 million each, alleging conspiracy and unlawful trade interference, but Hyde dismissed that action earlier this year.

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