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A chance to shape Park City

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is seeking applications from people interested in serving on three municipal panels, including the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission positions are especially noteworthy as the panel is generally seen as having the most influence on Park City of any of City Hall’s boards and commissions.

The terms of three members of the Planning Commission — Charlie Wintzer, Rory Murphy and Dick Peek — are expiring soon. Wintzer said this week he plans to apply to remain on the panel. Murphy said he will not submit his name for reappointment. Peek said he has not decided whether he will seek another term.

The Planning Commission holds expansive power in growth and development topics. The commissioners are involved in many of the crucial development decisions, and meetings sometimes draw sizable crowds.

Someone who wants to serve on the Planning Commission must live within the Park City limits. They are paid $100 per meeting. Meetings are held twice monthly on Wednesdays, with occasional special meetings. The meetings are in the evening and sometimes extend until the nighttime.

The three positions are four-year terms.

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Applications are due June 1. The applications ask interested people about their community involvement and their involvement with City Hall. It also inquires about the issues they see as being important and what they see as the panel’s role.

The Planning Commission, with seven members, is involved with broad issues like rewriting City Hall’s development rules and neighborhood-level topics like growth in Old Town.

Some Planning Commissioners have later won seats on the Park City Council touting their experience on the lower panel. City Councilman Jim Hier is among those who have ascended to the City Council after serving on the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission is amid a long-running review of the Sweeney family’s proposal to build the Treasure development on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort close to Old Town. Some of the Treasure meetings have drawn substantial crowds of opponents. The people who are selected to serve in the three Planning Commission spots will join the panel as the Treasure talks continue.

Meanwhile, the terms of four people on the Historic Preservation Board are expiring soon. Two of the incumbents have completed their term limit. There are seven people on the Historic Preservation Board, which typically meets twice per month.

The position pays $60 per meeting. Terms are for three years. City Hall does not require members live within the Park City limits. The Historic Preservation Board holds some power over building designs in Old Town.

One position on the Board of Adjustment is also available. The panel has limited duties that typically involve variances and exceptions to City Hall development rules. The opening is for a five-year term. Members are paid $40 per meeting. An alternate position on the Board of Adjustment is also available. Applications are available on the Web site.

All of the members of the panels are provided privileges at the Racquet Club in addition to the pay.

For more information about the positions, call the Planning Department at 615-5060. Applications are available at the Planning Department, 1255 Iron Horse Drive. They are also available on City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org/citydepartments/planning/index.html.