Snowbasin successfully cleared the first hurdle for future expansion with a rezoning approval by the Weber County, Utah Commissioners.

The recent unanimous decision now puts 3,800 acres of the Snowbasin resort into a zone that permits development of homes, condos, hotels, golf courses and other resort facilities, according to the Ogden Standard-Examiner. The land, all privately owned by Snowbasin Resort Company, had previously been designated as non-developable forest land.

Part of the county's decision included a limitation of developments to about 20 percent, or 755 acres, of the total project area, through cluster housing and a prohibition of development on sensitive lands, according to news reports. About 3,000 acres should remain as open space.

The ordinance that formalized the decision also included a reinvestment fee that will add a 1 percent fee to all initial sales of residential properties -- including lots, homes and condos -- that will be put into an account used to fund recreational amenities in the development, according to the newspaper.

The resort owners have a master plan in place for another 8,000 acres in neighboring Morgan County, which hasn't formally considered that portion of the ambitious expansion plans. The resort ownership, headed by Sun Valley Resort owners Earl and Carol Holding, has said that it could take up to 50 years to build out the plans, depending upon market demand.

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