Hideout owners can’t build homes amid legal dispute between city and developer
Kyle Norman decided to move to Hideout a few years ago. In early 2021, he purchased land and planned to build a new home in the town above the Jordanelle Reservoir between Park City, Kamas and Heber City.
Things didn’t go as planned. He hoped to start building last summer and now live in his new home, but he says he did not get permission from the fire officer to innovate.
Norman said he’s spent about $25,000 on HOA fees and maintenance costs over the past year, but the future is unclear for him and neighboring owners of the Golden Eagle development.
“I don’t know when the city is going to approve it, or when the city is going to at least let me start,” Norman said. “The last conversation I had with anyone in the county, they basically indicated that development has stalled.”
While the lots are empty, Golden Eagle’s website shows at least 60 lots are still on sale, costing between $400,000 and $800,000. They range in size from half an acre to 1 acre. In February 2022, subdivision owner Mustang Development, LLC sued Hideout for construction delays.
Court documents allege the city has no legal basis to deny building permits on its residential lots, whether water and sewer infrastructure is complete or not.
Hideout Town lawyer Polly McLean told KPCW the town is seeking a solution through negotiation with a third party. City offices declined to comment further, citing ongoing litigation.
The owners hope that the parties will resolve the problem quickly. For every month they can’t build, they lose money.
While waiting for permission to build in Hideout, Norman ends up building another house in Herriman. Depending on when he gets the go-ahead to build in Hideout, he thinks he will face additional construction costs of $100,000 to $200,000 if he builds a house, thanks to the rising prices of utilities. materials. He plans to try to sell.
“At this point, the fact that there aren’t any other homes being built, it doesn’t feel like a new development,” Norman said. “It would be slim picks trying to get someone to bite into it, so to speak. It would be difficult to sell it.
Wasatch County Fire Chief Clint Neerings said he was waiting for clearance from the Hideout Engineering Office to approve building permits.
“We have verified that the system will work, but Hideout and the developer have not coordinated all of the necessary inspections to ensure the system is operational enough for us to have 24/7 fire flow without no scheduled inspection or pressure testing or any kind of delay in getting the system accepted,” Neerings said.
Fire flow is the amount of water pressure crews would need to fight fires.
Neerings said he was not involved in the lawsuit between the city and the developer. He said he would continue to follow state and county codes when deciding whether or not to allow construction to proceed.