Last week, the Summit County Council interviewed four candidates for a vacant spot on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission. Of those four, local entrepreneur Canice Harte was chosen to replace outgoing member Ted Levy, who resigned the post shortly after being appointed.
The other candidates included Ryan Dickey, Brad Thompson and Chris Hague.
Harte is best known as a co-founder of the water bottle company Waterbox, which he helped to lead from creation to acquisition several years ago. He said he now has free time which he wishes to give to the planning commission, adding that he has often thought of joining the volunteer board.
"We're going to have this desire for growth and new projects, yet we've all come to this community and made it our home because of open space," Harte said. "As a planning commissioner, you can't just not like [a project] and say 'no,' you have to make a decision based on the [Development] Code."
Harte said he believes in "responsible growth" and that making pragmatic decisions is important to him. The most crucial task the planning commission will continue to tackle is formation of Phase II of the Snyderville Basin General Plan, he said, which sets the stage for the Development Code.
The first planning commission meeting Harte will attend is May 13, and Chair Colin DeFord has already given him an in-depth packet of relevant information to get Harte up to speed before his first meeting.
Harte said he and his wife feel "very fortunate" to live in the Park City area and that he joined the planning commission based on his love for the community. He said they have found an ability "to embrace and to be embraced" by the area.
Harte wants to use his passion to help guide the direction of the Snyderville Basin.
"I do see that the future for us is more pressure on growth for the Basin area as the population increases around us," Harte said. "That's going to increase [development] projects but [we need to look at] considerations as to what that means for us as a community for the future."
Harte's term on the Snyderville Basin Planning Commission runs through February 28, 2017.