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Park City extends incentives for environmental upgrades

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City in 2012 will waive some City Hall fees on cleaner-burning energy installations, continuing an incentive meant to encourage people to choose cleaner-burning energies.

The Park City Council recently approved the waiver after little discussion. There has been a similar program in place since late 2010. Under the program, City Hall waives fees that are normally attached to the permitting application and the inspection. Up to $1,000 is waived. The City Council vote covers the period until Dec. 31, 2012.

Tyler Poulson, who is City Hall’s environmental sustainability coordinator, said projects that are eligible include solar-power systems and wind-power systems. He said the permitting and inspection could cost upward of $600 on a residential project.

Three projects successfully sought the fee waivers in 2011, according to a Poulson-authored report submitted to Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council prior to the vote.

Two of them were commercial projects and the other one was residential. Each of them involved solar power and one of the commercial projects included a wind-power system, the report said.

"Despite limited use of the fee waiver, staff received a fair amount of positive feedback," Poulson wrote in the report, adding that more people will become aware of the incentive in 2012.

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City Hall waived a little less than $1,700 in fees between the three in 2011.

"It removes one of the disincentives," Poulson said about the program, referring to the cost of the permitting and inspection.

Poulson in the report indicated he anticipates the waiver will result in less than $10,000 in foregone City Hall revenues.

Park City has a wide-ranging environmental platform involving numerous policies and programs. Leaders say the environmental programs ensure Park City plays a role in curbing emissions and combating a warming planet. They ascribe to the idea that warmer global temperatures could someday threaten the ski industry that drives the Park City economy.

Many in the private sector have also made environmental improvements, including well-regarded programs at Park City Mountain Resort and Deer Valley Resort.

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