Panel will explore issue of sustainable growth |

Panel will explore issue of sustainable growth

Is sustainable growth an oxymoron?

That’s the question that the Project for Deeper Understanding will address during a panel discussion that will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday.

The Project for Deeper Understanding was established by Reverend Charles Robinson as a way to engage the community in civil discourses about major issues that affect the community.

One of those topics is sustainable growth, Robinson told The Park Record.

The goal will be to identify and articulate the values and principles that will guide decisions in the coming months and years with respect to community growth and development, he said.

"I’ve been hearing about this ever since I moved her 9½ years ago," he said. "It’s been a constant source of conversation."

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Park City isn’t alone when it comes to these concerns.

"In 2006, I participated in the Park City Leadership tour that went to Reno and Tahoe, Nevada, and Truckee, California, and everywhere we went it was the same story," Robinson said. "Were these places going to hold on to the integrity of being a real town or were the wealthy going to gobble everything up [and] make these areas into pseudo towns that would just become a playground for the rich?

"They all had the same concerns with private-property rights versus development rights and how would everything get determined," he said.

Tuesday’s panel will be moderated by Myles Rademan and will include the following panelists:

  • Mark Raming — local businessman and board member of Utah Open Lands, a statewide conservation land trust for Utah
  • Dana Williams — Park City mayor
  • Tyler Poulson — Environmental Sustainability Manager for Park City Municipal
  • Mike Sweeney — Treasure developer and Town Life Plaza owner
  • Bill Ligety — realtor with Ligety, Sharp & Leader.

    They will discuss the future of Park City, the socio-economic status and the availability of open space 10 years down the road.

    Twenty to 30 minutes will be dedicated to conversation between the moderator and panelists and they will be able to pose questions to each other, Robinson said.

    "We will then invite questions from the audience," he said. Robinson said, as with other panels hosted by the Project of Deeper Understanding, he hopes the discussions will be conducted with honesty and civility.

    "At the end of the evening, we hope we can all leave having discovered some potential agreement," he said.

    Robinson did say he understands there are strong opinions on both sides of the issue.

    "We felt the issue is relevant to us," he said. "And, since the economy is repairing itself a little, and with Vail coming in at Canyons, the topic has come back into the spotlight in a very big way."

    Refreshments will be served afterwards.

    The Project for Deeper Understanding will host a panel discussion about sustainable growth at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 Silver Springs Dr., on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Charles Robinson at (435) 901-2131.