The same day that Hideout voters were set to determine the fate of the small town’s controversial expansion plans, a judge has ruled the Town Council illegally reached across county lines and annexed hundreds of acres of land near Park City.
The Park Record reports that 4th District Court Judge Jennifer Brown sided with Summit County in one of its many lawsuits against Hideout and the town’s developer, Nate Brockbank. At issue is a 350-acre swath of land called Silver Flats, which Hideout absorbed without the county’s consent, looking to develop it with hundreds of homes, commercial properties and a downtown core. Summit County has called the move “hostile” in legal filings because Hideout scooped up the land without the county’s consent.
But that annexation was invalid, the judge found, because the Town Council once again missed a deadline to post public notice of the decision. The town is expected to appeal.
Hideout’s annexation was only made possible with a short-lived legislative loophole that state lawmakers quickly rescinded when they learned of the Hideout Town Council’s plans. But the council was able to annex the land anyway during the window of time between when lawmakers repealed the loophole and the date when it became effective.
Legislators and officials in both Wasatch and Summit counties have publicly spoken out against the move. Kurt Shadle, a former council member, abruptly resigned amid annexation discussions last summer and largely led the movement for a referendum.
Polls for the referendum closed at 8 p.m. and results have not yet been posted.
— This story is developing and will be updated.
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