Four apply for vacant planning commission spot
April 18, 2014
The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will look to bring on one more member after the quick resignation of Ted Levy, who was appointed March 5 but left the post shortly after, citing time constraints.
At the end of the application deadline April 9 four individuals had applied for the vacant position: Ryan Dickey, Canice Harte, Brad Thompson and Chris Hague. Interviews will be conducted during next Wednesday’s Summit County Council meeting.
The most familiar face to the Council is Hague, who will be interviewing for a planning commission spot for the third time. He said the primary reasons he wants to be involved are to assist in crafting Phase 2 of the Snyderville Basin General Plan and the Development Code and hopes the Council appoints someone who knows how to "properly formulate" these documents.
"After the last debacle with the appointment of a man who had to resign because he didn’t realize that there were going to be two meetings a month, I’m hopeful that the County Council will take seriously the appointment this time around," Hague said.
Thompson, a local Realtor, is a fifth-generation Utahn who feels his input on the planning commission would be important.
"It’s an important position within the community. We need a balance in someone that will read the [Development] Code and adhere to it closely," Thompson said. "I think it’s important that we do our best."
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Harte is a Park City entrepreneur who has years of experience in the outdoor industry. He is the co-founder of Waterbox, a water bottle company that he recently sold. After finishing up his contract with the company late last year, he said he has free time that he wishes to give to the planning commission.
"Responsible growth in making pragmatic decisions is very important to me, [as is] being a part of the community and representing it." Harte said. "It’s a pretty intensive bit of work you’re doing on behalf of the community."
Dickey is a senior managing consultant who has lived in the Park City area for several years. He thinks being on the planning commission is a "good way to get involved in community issues" and said he would not bring an agenda with him.
"I’m a proponent of smart growth, which should be the foundation for growth in Park City and in the Basin in an era of climate change," Dickey said, adding that climate change could affect the local ski industry. "We need to do things that are smart and targeted and still protect the unique character and quality of our area."
The applicant who is chosen to replace Levy will serve through February 28, 2017.
The Summit County Council is expected to interview these four candidates during next Wednesday’s meeting. For the time, location and agenda, visit summitcounty.org.
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