A private meeting between key parties along the Bonanza Drive corridor could be held this week as a developer continues to recast his ambitious plans to remake the Bonanza Park district.
The meeting would follow nearly a month after City Hall ended the discussions about a land swap that was under consideration that would have moved the site of a Rocky Mountain Power substation across Bonanza Drive, freeing up a centrally located piece of ground that was coveted by the lead Bonanza Park developer.
Mark J. Fischer, who controls a patchwork of properties in Bonanza Park and envisions a major redevelopment of the district, said he anticipates the meeting this week will occur by Friday. The scheduling was delayed by the Independence Day holiday.
Fischer said parties anticipated to be in attendance include representatives from Rocky Mountain Power, Powdr Corp. and Wintzer-Wolfe Properties. Powdr Corp. and Wintzer-Wolfe Properties have land nearby.
Fischer said he wants the parties to work toward an agreement concerning the substation itself and the power lines associated with the facility.
"Basically, the goal is to come up with the best solution," Fischer said.
Fischer said some of the topics that will be broached at the meeting include whether the power lines will be buried as they reach the substation and how tall the substation will be. The power lines and the height of the substation have been two of the pivotal topics in the public meetings over the past few months.
Fischer described two scenarios for the height of the substation. In one, the facility would be built to a height of 30 feet while in the other the height would be 60 feet. The 30-foot-tall design would require approximately 50 percent more land. He said a 30-foot-tall design, dubbed low profile, is preferred. The substation would remain at its current Munchkin Drive site.
Powdr Corp. and Wintzer-Wolfe Properties are involved since they own land that would be needed under the blueprints for a redone substation and the associated power lines. Fischer said Wintzer-Wolfe Properties has a small piece of land that would ideally be included in the plans while Powdr Corp. has land crossed by the power lines.
Fischer said the discussions are proceeding with "cautious optimism." He said he hopes a consensus is reached between the parties by the end of July.
The substation is listed on the agenda of a Park City Council meeting on Thursday, but the elected officials are not anticipated to discuss the topic. A hearing, though, will be held. The City Council on Thursday is expected to delay any discussions or decision until an unspecified later date.
"There's a little bit of window. Rocky Mountain Power has given them a little amount of time," Matt Cassel, the Park City engineer, said on Monday about the discussions between the parties.
Cassel said Park City officials had not been involved in the most recent discussions through the beginning of the week.
Rocky Mountain Power says it needs to upgrade the capabilities of the substation to meet growing electricity demand, indicating there is a fall of 2015 deadline for the work.
The need for the upgrade spurred talks about a land swap between Rocky Mountain Power and Fischer. Under that scenario, a new facility would have been built across Bonanza Drive on a Fischer-controlled parcel on lower Iron Horse Drive. Fischer would have gotten the current substation site, which is located in a prime location in the Bonanza Park district.
People who live close to the lower Iron Horse Drive site, though, were livid with the idea. City Hall in June nixed the idea of moving the substation location across Bonanza Drive, forcing the additional discussions in recent weeks about redesigning the site where the substation sits no to accommodate the expansion.