Future leaders selected
Leadership Park City recently selected its class for the yearlong training program, which is meant to prepare people for community service positions.
The class is Leadership’s fifteenth. Class members are:
The Leadership class spends a year learning about the mechanics of local government, not-for-profit organizations and the business community. They hear from a roster of high-powered local speakers, with government leaders among those usually addressing the class.
The class includes a fall trip to other communities in the West as part of City Hall’s annual ‘City Tour.’
Some of the sessions scheduled for the class include a Jan. 26 outing to the Statehouse to learn about the Legislature and diversity training in May. A workshop known as Leadership 101 is scheduled Feb. 11 and is open to the public.
Many people holding high-ranking positions in Park City are graduates of Leadership Park City, including numerous elected and appointed officials at City Hall. Graduates are also found throughout the business community and in not-for profits. People who have participated include Mayor Dana Williams, Latino advocate Shelley Weiss and Park City Police Department Capt. Phil Kirk.
For information about Leadership Park City, visit its Web site, http://www.parkcity.org/citydepartments/publicaffairs/leadership/index.html
Annexation vote delayed
The Park City Council recently again delayed deciding whether to annex about 287 acres of land at Quinn’s Junction where developers want to build regularly priced housing and work force units.
The City Councilors have repeatedly put off a vote on the Park City Heights development as City Hall and the developers have tried to finalize an agreement. Water issues have been a major sticking point in the talks.
The elected officials indicated they would consider the proposal again at their Nov. 13 meeting. Kirsten Whetstone, the City Hall planner assigned to the project, said city officials and the developers are also addressing traffic issues on S.R. 248.
The developers want to build on the southwest corner of the U.S. 40-S.R. 248 intersection. They want City Hall to allow them to build 148 regularly priced houses or condominiums and upward of 158 restricted work force units of 800 square feet each. The number of work force units could change depending on their square footage, Whetstone said.
A firm known as Plumb Boyer LLC and Empire Pass developer Talisker have the land. The work force units would count toward City Hall’s requirements for Empire Pass, Park City Heights and the Intermountain Healthcare hospital under construction nearby.
"Annexations are always difficult. It’s sort of saying we’re growing there," Whetstone said, adding, however, the Park City Heights project would provide desired worker housing.
The annexation has appeared on numerous City Council agendas this fall, but the elected officials have not been prepared to vote. There has been scattered public interest in Park City Heights.
Annexations are frequently major decisions for City Hall, with Deer Crest and Empire Pass being two of the significant ones.
Quinn’s Junction, which is along one of Park City’s entryways, has been rapidly developed, but projects there lack the residential units that Park City Heights would have. Development at Quinn’s Junction includes the Park City Ice Arena, a fields complex, the hospital and a park-and-ride lot.
Compiled by Jay Hamburger
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