The Treasure developers have indicated they want two high-ranking City Hall staffers involved in the upcoming discussions about the project even after they took part in the unsuccessful negotiations that attempted to reach a conservation agreement.
Park City Attorney Mark Harrington and Thomas Eddington, the planning director, were two of the staffers who represented City Hall in a lengthy process that focused on the idea of shifting half of the development rights attached to the Treasure land to a site deemed more suitable for growth. Those talks ended in the spring without an agreement.
The Treasure developers in coming months are anticipated to return to the discussions with the Park City Planning Commission about the project itself. An attorney representing the Treasure side in an April letter said the Sweeney family "welcomes" Harrington and Eddington, as well as other staffers, to the process. The Sweeney family is the historic owner of the Treasure land. It is now owned by a partnership involving the Sweeney family and a New York-based firm.
City Hall drafted a Treasure update in anticipation of a Park City Council meeting scheduled on Tuesday. The update classified a Treasure resolution as a second-tier priority for leaders in 2014, alongside issues like clean soils, regional collaboration and high-speed Internet service.
The update, one-half page in length, says Treasure is "back in the planning process.
"Mark H and Thomas E are now part of the regulatory process per Applicant's consent," the update says, referring to the city attorney and the planning director.
The update also says the Treasure developers will hold an open house before the project returns to the Planning Commission. The update does not provide details.
The Treasure land occupies a high-profile location overlooking Old Town along the route of the Town Lift. The Sweeney family in the 1980s secured a broad development approval for the Treasure land and nearby parcels. The Treasure proposal calls for approximately 1 million square feet of residential and commercial space.
The discussions between the Sweeney family and the Planning Commission about Treasure started in 2004. There has been limited progress since then as Planning Commissioners and project critics expressed worries about traffic, the size of the proposed Treasure buildings and other topics.
The talks between City Hall and the Treasure partnership about a conservation deal occurred after the Planning Commission discussions about the development reached a stalemate.
Harrington, meanwhile, said City Hall will continue to retain Jody Burnett as the lead attorney representing the municipal government in the Treasure discussions. City Hall contracted with him in 2009 to study the 1980s overall development approval.