A proposal for a potential hotel development has caught the attention of residents in the Sun Peak community, and dialogue between homeowners and the developer is underway.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, the Sun Peak Homeowners Association hosted an informal neighborhood meeting for residents to meet with the developer, George Chachas, to address any issues they had with the potential hotel that could be built just south of the Park City Nursery on the west side of State Road 224.
The owner of the property, PC Ventures, has contracted with PEG Development, out of Provo, to build a 74,000 square foot hotel with between 110 and 120 rooms. Robert Schmidt, the Director of Retail and Commercial Development for PEG Development, said his company will be working with residents to alleviate concerns.
"The [Snyderville Basin] Planning Commission asked us to talk with the neighborhoods about concerns and to come to a resolution," Schmidt said. "One of the big issues was traffic as it affects Sun Peak Drive."
Chachas wanted to clarify that the proposed hotel is not a "high rise," but is a low-level two-story hotel. He said he was willing to hear and address residents' concerns over the hotel.
David Dubois, President of the Sun Peak HOA, said that his residents were "predisposed" to be against the hotel project, but added that most in his community preferred the hotel to the other potential use for the property: mixed-use retail and commercial space that could feature a restaurant and a retail store.
"When the developer spoke, we found out we can choose between a lesser of two evils," Dubois said. "The overwhelming majority decided they'd rather have a hotel."
Dubois said residents of Sun Peak are very concerned about the traffic on Sun Peak Drive, as he says traffic has increased "exponentially." The hotel would be the preferable choice on this issue, he says.
"The good part about the hotel is that if they do the retail buildings, they would back right up to Sun Peak Drive," Dubois said. "The hotel is going to be up on [S.R.] 224. The nearest it would get to any Sun Peak home is 300 feet or so."
As Sun Peak Drive is used to access Canyons Resort, Schmidt agreed that the hotel would be more beneficial for reducing traffic.
"We would want to provide additional signage to educate the staff about traffic issues," Schmidt said. "We would have more control with the hotel development than with the commercial development."
"When you think of the two uses, if you had retail there, a lot of people say traffic would go in and out at all hours of the day," Dubois said. "There would be different traffic at a hotel. They're two completely different animals."
Lighting was another issue of concern, Dubois said, and he suggests measures such as planting trees in the hopes of mitigating the effects of lights on the surrounding community.
Finally, according to Dubois, many in the Sun Peak community were won over by the developer when he said that, should the hotel go through, residents would have to deal with only one owner. If the site was mixed use, residents may have to deal with multiple owners, creating additional frustration.
Chachas will be recapping the discussion from the neighborhood meeting at this Tuesday's Snyderville Basin Planning Commission meeting. Also to be discussed will be an overview of how residents' concerns can be mitigated.