The Park City Planning Commission on Wednesday toured a portion of the City Hall-owned land in Round Valley that the municipal government wants to annex into the city limits.
Thomas Eddington, the planning director, explains the acreage to Planning Commissioner Steve Joyce as other members of the panel and staffers take in the grassland scene.
The overall annexation request involves 1,368 acres of land. Of that total, 1,304 acres are owned by the municipal government. The rest of the land is under the ownership of the Utah Department of Transportation or the Osguthorpe family.
Nearly all of the land is proposed to be brought into the city limits under some category of conservation zoning. Four acres of the City Hall land is proposed for a zoning category known as light industrial. That would allow the Park City Public Works Department to store snow at the site that is hauled out of neighborhoods, as an example.
The Planning Commission was not scheduled to address the annexation request at a meeting later on Wednesday. Members of the Planning Commission will eventually recommend whether City Hall should annex the land. The Park City Council will consider the recommendation as it makes the ultimate decision.
City Hall over the years has purchased expanses of Round Valley in conservation deals in an effort to check development. Round Valley has become a popular recreation spot offering hiking and bicycling in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
- Jay Hamburger