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NoMa open house

City Hall on Wednesday plans to hold an open house and the Park City Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct a hearing that day regarding the neighborhood in Prospector sometimes called NoMa.

The open house is scheduled at 4 p.m. in the Park City Council’s chambers. The hearing is scheduled during the Planning Commission meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

The Planning Commission during the meeting will consider proposed changes to the Park City General Plan, a wide-ranging document that outlines how the government desires that the city grow.

Kirsten Whetstone, a City Hall planner assigned to discussions, says the NoMa district "isn’t really talked about in specific terms in the General Plan." She says a draft of proposed changes to the General Plan is complete and will be made available at the open house.

She says the draft includes statements discussing the types of businesses that City Hall envisions in the neighborhood, which the government has dubbed the ‘Park Bonanza planning area.’

Whetstone also says that the draft discusses the types of residences desired and addresses transit in the neighborhood.

The boundaries of the City Hall-designated ‘Park Bonanza’ district are Kearns Boulevard, Deer Valley Drive, Park Avenue and Bonanza Drive, including properties on either side of Bonanza Drive.

NoMa, which stands for North of Main, was formed by a coalition of businesses in the neighborhood. Rodman Jordan, a developer, owns or controls large tracts of property in the district and has been the pivotal figure as the businesses rallied to create NoMa.

Jordan envisions boutiques and lofts being built in the neighborhood and that it will become a popular spot.

For more information about the open house or the proposed General Plan changes, contact Whetstone at 615-5066.

Subhead: Planning Commission hopeful withdraws

Gill Blonsley, who sought a seat on the Park City Planning Commission, on May 31 withdrew his candidacy for the panel.

In an e-mail to Planning Director Pat Putt, Blonsley said he "recently assumed a personal role that requires a considerable time commitment for the balance of the year."

"Though I would be honored to be a Commission member, I believe that it would be unfair to the community’s interest to attempt to balance both . . ," he said in the e-mail.

Blonsley’s withdrawal leaves four people seeking two spots on the Planning Commission now held by the retiring Diane Zimney and Andrew Volkman. The remaining candidates are Evan Russack, Douglas Stephens, Laura Suesser and Julia Pettit.

Blonsley lives in Park Meadows and has lived in the Park City area for a decade. In his application for the Planning Commission slot, he indicated that redevelopment in Park City is an important issue that the panel faces and that it "should be accomplished by focusing on maintaining the character and historic beauty of Park City."

The Park City Council, which selects Planning Commissioners, is tentatively scheduled to conduct interviews on June 29 and July 6. The City Council usually makes its selections soon after the interviews are completed.

The Planning Commission is currently considering several notable projects, including the Sweeney family’s Treasure Hill application on the slopes of Park City Mountain Resort.

Proposals at Quinn’s Junction will also likely occupy significant Planning Commission time during the next term.

Subhead: Construction outpaces 2005

Park City’s construction industry this year remains ahead of its 2005 pace, the Building Department reports.

According to the department, through the end of May, builders had tallied about $57.6 million in 2006. The figure is up significantly from the just less than $37.7 million recorded through the end of May 2005.

May was an especially strong month, with the Building Department issuing a little less than $24.4 million worth of permits, more than those issued in April and the previous May.

In May, the department issued permits for six single-family homes, valued at a little more than $3 million combined. One 30-room commercial building, valued at a little more than $8.7 million, and one multi-family project, encompassing eight units and valued at a little less than $2.1 million, won permits in May.

The department says, in May, electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits were up from April and the previous May.

Inspections were up in May, the department says. The department averaged 160.09 inspections per day in May, up from the 122 average each day in April and the 50.36 each day in May 2005.

Compiled by Jay Hamburger

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